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16th December 2011


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International News

Bohle presents exciting new glass surface protection product

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There are many different surface protection products for glass and glazed ceramics available in the market, offering various degrees of protection. In reality, not all live up to the durable protective effect they promise. Moreover, application is often complicated and care problematical. With its new BriteGuard surface protection system, Manchester-based Bohle, is taking the first step in offering a new range of surface coating systems, setting what it says are completely new standards as far as application and durability are concerned.

Ellis Furniture celebrates new business gains

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Ellis Furniture is celebrating yet another round of successes after securing new kitchen furniture accounts including Napier Bathrooms and Interiors in Edinburgh, Marlin Interiors in Amesbury, Simply Bathrooms in Ripon and Basin Bath & Beyond of Chester, to name just four. The wins, which are a combination of new accounts and development of existing bathroom retailers into kitchens, come hot on the heels of a period of significant investment from the manufacturer.

IDS expands UK coverage with brand new showroom and warehouse at Norwich

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Surface materials distributor IDS has expanded its national network and opened the doors on its brand new Norwich showroom two weeks ago. With 224 sq m of floorspace, it is now one of the company's largest showrooms in the UK (it's located on Arms Park Road, Union Park, Norwich and the former site at Eversley Road has been closed).

IDS has had a showroom presence in the Norwich area for six years, servicing a varied customer base in the Norfolk area. Strong business growth, coupled with an expanding customer base and product portfolio, resulted in IDS looking for a larger site for the next stage in its development . The new site boasts a superb geographical location facilitating easy access for trade customers to visit, as well as fast road access for prompt deliveries in line with IDS's policy of 24-48 hours from stock.

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.

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

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Hansgrohe 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.

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

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Apollo Blinds' latest made-to-measure Roman blind collection, which launches in Spring, includes some inspired designs.

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

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Following 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.

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W: www.franke.co.uk

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...

Welcome to the


While I generally try not to be too political I know John won't mind me saying that we were both incredibly relieved at David Cameron's decision this week, to put the brakes on further EU integration for us.

It's not that we're anti-European; we just hate the enormous sums of money those involved in running the EU seem happy to fritter away - the 'travelling circus' between Brussels and Strasbourg being just one of many examples I can give.  We're all paying for that and the majority of us don't like it - but we don't seem to have a say, do we?

It's simply not on. We all need to improve efficiency and we have to make sure that every £1 (or Euro!) we spend is spent wisely. Sadly our European masters seem to be of the opinion that there's one rule for them and their families and another for the rest of us!

And I'm not being protectionist - well not of this country, anyway - but we need to look after our planet and I strongly believe that if we can manufacture and buy locally, we should do so. 

As you can imagine, I was delighted to learn about the new Foresight project, launched this week by Business Secretary Vince Cable, which will be investigating the future of manufacturing out to 2050. And although it is exstensibly a UK-focused study, it will, I believe, help guide the role of product designers, planners and manufacturers around the globe.

All that remains for me to say now is Merry Christmas! We hope you enjoy whatever break you're able to take and that you stay safe and healthy - and that 2012 will bring some political stability, paid work for those seeking it and economic growth for the global community.




Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

New project will give boost to manufacturing

A new Foresight project investigating the future of manufacturing out to 2050 was launched this week by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

The two-year project will call on industry and academic expertise from the UK and abroad to look at the long-term picture for the manufacturing sector, investigating global trends and drivers of change. It will explore how the UK can maximise these opportunities and provide an evidence base to help policy-makers navigate a challenging and uncertain future.

It's all about texture...

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Buried in the midst of Christmas thought and at a time when we all face spending many hours in the kitchen, it's the perfect time to be look at the latest designs. Texture is said by some to be a key trend in 2012 and Schuller has introduced the fabulously tactile Bari natural knotty oak saw-cut to the Schuller C collection

The distinctive laminate front with the saw-cut feel has a surface feel that's really close to real wood. In combination with Nova in striking Lava Black the kitchen becomes a real trendsetter.

Soapbox: The demand is there but the will to invest is not

Steve Macdonald, marketing director of Hoover Candy, shares his views on the pent-up consumer. He argues that the will and need for consumers to invest in new kitchens is there but unless the industry can make it comfortable to pay for their investment, they will remain 'pent -up'.

"Mintel's recent report tells us that 15% of respondents advised that they would like to refurbish their kitchen but can't afford to. Equally there are more people wanting to upgrade, but they are being extremely cautious about the risk of overspending as they wait to see what happens with the economy.

Designer predicts bathroom trends for 2012

As 2012 fast approaches, Ideal Standard International designer Robin Levien gives his bathroom predictions for next year:

Vintage 2012

We are living through uncertain times once again and this creates insecurity. This insecurity translates into nostalgia for a supposedly better time. This time is usually the 'vintage era' of the mid-20th century and will impact the bathroom through optimistic splashes of colour or fabrics and even bold geometric patterns to brighten up bathrooms.

Deca 100 single bowl sink has a matching drainer tray for flushmount-like looks

* Carron-Phoenix-Deca-101.jpgCarron Phoenix's Deca sink model has established itself as a popular style to combine with laminate worksurfaces because the inset design features a low profile edge that sits almost flush with the worksurface, giving a designer style look without any fabrication costs. The launch of the new Deca 100/101 combination further extends its appeal by offering a separate drainer tray, the 101, which can be inset alongside the single bowl Deca 100 and offers a practical and stylish draining option.

The new 101 drainer tray measures 410 x 460mm, the same size as the Deca 100 single bowl sink, and likewise fits neatly into a 450mm cabinet offering an excellent space saving option. The drainer is fitted with the smart and stylish Revolution overflow to maintain its simple and streamlined design. The

Is this Britain's oldest working fridge?

* Jim-Williamson_Electrolux-fridge.jpgMade in England around the time of WWII, this remarkable fridge, owned by Jim Williamson of Hope Valley, Derbyshire, has been in constant use keeping food fresh ever since.

Water Calculator - continued success

The online Water Calculator, developed by the Bathroom Manufacturers Association and Waterwise East to aid industry professionals in their whole-house water-consumption calculations, is already 12 months old. And the BMA report that use of the website has seen excellent growth since its launch!

Around 80 users now access the website every day. Architects and developers are using the interactive calculator and projects are regularly being saved to the secure database.

Mayor unveils strategy to deliver thousands of new homes and jobs for London

* Boris-Johnson.jpgThere was great news for the KBB industry this week, when the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, unveiled ambitious plans to deliver 55,000 new affordable homes by 2015 with the potential to create over 100,000 jobs over the next four years.

Speaking at the National Housing Federation, the Mayor set out the details of his revised housing strategy, which outlines how he will take on new housing powers secured in the Localism Act, tackle Londoners' housing needs and deliver 55,000 affordable homes over this investment round. This includes a significant proportion of family-sized housing with new homes designed to the Mayor's larger space standards.

Quebec Oak worksurface from Bushboard works trend for organic harmony

* Bushboard-Omega-Quebec-Oak-laminate-breakfast-bar.jpgReferencing natural materials continues as a key design trend and Bushboard's new Quebec Oak laminate worksurface from the Omega range responds to it impeccably.

Printed in high quality definition, the design reinterprets the time-honoured appeal of oak for the modern day and features a subtle washed effect that enhances the graining. The visual and aesthetic appeal is further heightened by ultramatt texture which gives the surface a low-reflective quality and is warm to the touch, akin to newly sanded wood.

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