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2nd December 2011


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International News

Whirlpool celebrates Centenary

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KBZine's editor Jan Hobbs reports from Whirlpool's plush 'AtHome' showroom in Croydon

Whirlpool, the world's number one manufacturer of major home appliances, has held a series of events around the world to commemorate the company's 100 years. Whirlpool UK celebrated with several events throughout the year including an Employee Day, a Family Day and a classic tea party on the date of the company's 100th anniversary, 11th November 2011.

Lighting - the Loox way

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Hafele UK has launched its new modular LED lighting range for the furniture market, a fantastically simple plug-and-play LED lighting system for worldwide use.

German manufacturer goes the extra mile

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Located in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck, Germany, Westag & Getalit AG is a leading European manufacturer of wood based and synthetic products, which services the UK market via a sales office in Watford and a stock holding depot in Doncaster/Thorne. It prides itself on the great service it offers, but things are going to get even better...

Aquadi launch to retail customers hailed 'huge success'

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Fitted furniture manufacturer Symphony, has formally launched its biggest ever investment in bathroom products to KBB retailers, with a series of customer events held at its 18,000 sq ft state-of-the-art marketing suite in Barnsley last month.

KitchenAid's new built-in Lab oven is packed with technology

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It becomes quickly apparent why KitchenAid's premium KOLS 7010 built-in multifunction oven is called the Lab oven. With 28 cooking modes and superb technology packed into its robust but stylish frame, this incredibly versatile model is a must-have for both professional chefs and keen cooks who love to experiment with food.

Atag's 17-place setting dishwasher a perfect choice for festive season

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Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances, exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, has a 17-place setting dishwasher which is perfect for the season of festivities and entertaining.

HGTVRemodels.com features planning guides as US consumers resume spending

With the US National Kitchen & Bath Association reporting a 42% increase in showroom visits and double-digit increases in remodel sales volume for kitchens (36%) and baths (85%) over one year ago, more homeowners will need the Kitchens and Baths planning guides on HGTVRemodels.com. In its quarterly Market Index Report released last week, the NKBA also found a 69% increase in revenue among kitchen and bath dealers since the third quarter 2010.

NKBA Market Report : "Although optimism is faded, revenues continue to rise"

The National Kitchen & Bath Association released the results of the US Kitchen & Bath Market Report for the third quarter, reflecting a rise in showroom traffic and an increase in kitchen remodels from one year ago. Although the number of bathroom remodels declined from the second quarter, results show a significant increase over the bathroom sales of a year ago.

FIRA - CMA achieves renowned testing accreditation

The Furniture Industry Research Association's Hong Kong furniture testing facility, FIRA-CMA Testing Services, is celebrating after achieving accreditation to the International Standard ISO 17025 from the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme for Physical and Mechanical Testing.

AEG Neue Kollektion picks up nine iF Design Awards

The iF Product Design Awards are amongst the most prestigious design awards in the world. This year, Electrolux has won a total of nine of the iF awards for its AEG Neue Kollektion products. The winning appliances were selected by an international jury who sifted through 2,923 entries from 48 countries. The winning appliances were assessed on the level of innovation, functionality, quality and ecological compatibility.

New basins from VitrA's T4

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As part of the fabulous new T4 collection launched at ISH 2011, VitrA is offering a stunning array of new basins that cover a wide scale of size and format options.

Carron Phoenix broadens appeal of Sapphira sink range with classic white

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Carron Phoenix has broadened the appeal of its popular Sapphira ceramic sink range by adding a white single bowl option offering classic modern styling. The Sapphira range was launched on July 1st along with a host of new sink and tap styles as part of the company's product update programme for 2011 and the new Sapphira in white augments Carron's choice of modern and traditional sink designs which includes the Bali, Shonelle and Solaris insets, Carlow undermounts and Belfast styles.

Kenmore introduces hybrid water softener and whole-home water filter

With recent conversations and news highlighting water conditions, it's natural that Americans seek the highest in water quality in their homes. Today, the Kenmore brand is offering a comprehensive, household approach to water solutions that together, make water at home cleaner and better tasting while extending the life of the home's appliances.

Leisure Sinks' new Spa Filter tap offers ultimate convenience

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Leisure Sinks has launched a new Spa Filter tap which offers homeowners ultimate convenience for food and drink preparation. The stylish dual lever tap has a three-way dispenser system to provide crystal clear filtered water, mains cold water and hot water - all in a competitively priced and high quality design.

Welcome to the

I've read a lot in recent years about the growth of insurance scams whereby criminals target innocent motorists and stage accidents, with a view to earning money out of injuries they claim to have sustained as a result of the innocent party's 'negligence'.

Apparently because of motoring laws and the lack of visual evidence regarding the accident, it's difficult for a claim to be disputed and these criminals are finding that it's a lucrative business - hence its growth. As a result, everyone's insurance costs go up, which adds to the struggle both us as individuals and companies that are trying to stay afloat in these troubled times, have to face.

I had been wondering whether KBB industry drivers had been targeted in this way and also whether drivers with valuable loads of furniture and appliances now felt more vulnerable with the opening up of Europe's borders and the lackadaisical checks made on those coming and going.

One of the stories this week reports on Mereway's use of video event data recording systems on its fleet and while it's really clever initiative I feel sad that the decline in moral standards in recent years has made it necessary. I daresay that while Mereway has 'rolled it out' across its fleet, such systems are going to be rolled out across the haulage industry in general.



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Nolte joins EQ as supplier partner

World renowned kitchen manufacturer Nolte has joined EQ Software's ever growing list of major industry supplier partners. The German brand, established for over 50 years, is looking to appoint quality kitchen dealerships throughout the UK and has chosen EQ as one of the main marketing channels to get this message out.

Electrolux Design Lab announces 2012 theme: Design Experience

* Electrolux.jpgElectrolux Design Lab's 10th Anniversary challenge to international design students is tied to Electrolux's professional heritage in a theme that stimulates all senses.

Better information about lorry parking provision

It was good news this week for the many drivers from overseas, whose job it is to deliver KBB products and equipment into the UK, with a comprehensive report on the availability and use of lorry parking facilities in England published by Roads Minister Mike Penning.

Hansgrohe AG recognised as being amongst world's top in design

* Hansgrohe_DesignpreisBRD_110211.jpgHansgrohe AG received its first prize for design in 1974. In the years that followed, several hundred awards have been added, so it's no surprise that since the introduction of the 'International Forum Design' (iF) corporate rankings in 2008, the German bathroom specialist has occupied a top position in this hit list of good design.

This year Hansgrohe has successfully improved its position again and climbed to Number 11 among the approx. 1,900 listed companies. With 780 points, the company, which was one of the first in the sanitary industry to tackle bathroom design back in the late 1960s, has also increased its advantage over direct competitors. Renowned brands such as Audi, Daimler, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Miele, Sony Ericsson, Thonet and Volkswagen are also positioned behind the Black F

Refin creates Kaos!

* Kaos-tiles.jpgLuca Nichetto has created Kaos, a new range of ceramic tiles for Refin. Kaos is part of the groundbreaking DesignTaleStudio project that pioneers the use of the aesthetic and technical potential of ceramic tiles for Refin, Italy's renowned tile manufacturer, which is now launching officially in the UK.

As the name suggests, Kaos is designed to be wildly random even though there may be small and subtle pattern changes. The tiles have a textured surface that resembles floating bubbles in relief and the result is a refreshingly new, non-repetitive design with a distinct identity. Kaos can be used in both residential and commercial projects.

Zen inspired bathrooms to relax in for hours!

* wooden-bath.jpgThe traditional Japanese bathing ritual consists of cleansing the body at a standalone wash station, followed by a relaxing soak in a deep wooden tub filled with clear hot water.

Furniture Designer William Garvey has drawn inspiration from this style of bathing for his iconic Geo Bath and basin. Wooden baths or Ofuros are designed to stay warm for long periods and William Garvey's Geo bath has embraced these ideals within its striking teak design.

Apollo Blinds debuts its new made-to-measure Roman blind collection for Spring 2012.

* apollo-blinds-bathroom.jpgApollo Blinds' latest made-to-measure Roman blind collection, which launches in Spring, includes some inspired designs.

Marine tones of aqua and teal are perfect for bathrooms. This bright aqua twig-inspired 'Rocco' design will freshen up your bathroom and take you through the seasons - from Spring right through to Winter.

Euroline becomes multi-award winning

Euroline Sales & Marketing, the sole UK specialist importer of the premium Italian kitchen appliance brands Barazza and Falmec, has celebrated much success at this year's Colchester Business Awards.

Franke shows off the marvellous Minerva 3-in-1 Kettle tap

* Minerva-teapot.jpgFollowing the huge success of the Minerva 3-in-1 Kettle tap, the Franke website now includes quick, clear videos showing exactly why this product has proved so popular in today's busy kitchen.

The five videos can be found by following a link directly from the company's home page.

Videos include making tea and coffee,and how the tap's safety handle works. The final video shows how easy it is to fit the tank behind a standard 150mm plinth; an attribute which has proved a real selling point.

T: 0161 436 6280
W: www.franke.co.uk

Carron Phoenix's Carlow combines classic appeal with popular sink sizing

* Carron-Phoenix-Carlow-150.jpgCarron Phoenix's Carlow 150 ceramic sink draws together three key design threads in one single model, giving it a lot of bang for its bucks. As a one and a half bowl sink that fits a 600mm cabinet, it offers the most popular sink option; the premium ceramic material works superbly with the current fashion trend for traditional furniture styles and as an undermount sink it offers the flexibility for installation in a range of worksurface materials. The sink was developed as part of Carron's Summer product update and is newly available.

The Carlow 150's large bowl measures 390 x 335 x 180mm with the smaller one 280 x 145 x 115mm, offering a functional sink space while fitting in a standard 600mm cabinet. Adding a stylish and modern touch is the Revolution overflow and basket strainer waste

Insurance company pays for VEDR cameras in company fleet

* Mereway-lorries.jpgRenowned kitchen and bathroom manufacturer, Mereway, was finding it increasingly difficult to support driving insurance claims with clear and supporting evidence to determine the outcome. The problem was resolved by installing Roadscan VEDR (video event data recording) cameras, into the company's entire fleet of HGVs. Mereway's insurance company was so impressed with the product and its ability to reduce false claims costs that it paid for the cameras.

New K brochure 'To Love'

K Kitchens from the PJH Group, has released its latest consumer kitchen brochure, entitled 'Kitchens to Love', featuring its largest ever collection of 62 kitchen furniture ranges. The 'Designed to Love' theme (and brand strapline) launched last year, flows throughout the stylish brochure, which has been designed for maximum consumer appeal and inspiration.

Indesit Company raises record amount for Children in Need

* Indesit-prize-winner.jpgVolunteers from across Indesit Company received pledges totalling a record £97,197 during this year's Children in Need telethon at their contact centre in Peterborough.

Quick and easy sealant system now available at Tile Choice

The complete range of products from the award-winning, sealant-taming CornerTape brand is now available from all 14 branches of Tile Choice throughout the Midlands.

CornerTape guarantees quick and easy removal and application as well as a finishing touch of perfection to sealants in kitchens and bathrooms, and perfectly complements the retailer's huge selection of ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tiles, grouts, adhesives, tools and accessories.

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News in Brief

has launched two compact, elegant basins in the lustrous Mineral Marble. T: 0208 441 0352

The Markit/CIPS Construction PMI released today shows continued growth but at a modest rate. E: [email protected]

has officially returned to the KBB industry this week, but this time as an online-only retailer. W: www.mfi.co.uk

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Alan Hughes joins the Carron Phoenix sales team

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New brochure and new collection from Lakes Bathrooms

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