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20th April 2018


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TKC gains extra curves by significantly expanding its door choice

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TKC has significantly expanded its range of curved doors with 715mm, 895mm and the company's unique 1245mm sizes now all available from stock on six of its ranges, to open up greater design flexibility for customers.

Textural and neutral - introducing Larna by Masterclass

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Made in the UK to the finest standards, Larna is a new furniture range from Masterclass Kitchens that responds to the latest trends in interior design in the most stylish of ways.

Saniflo Kineduo walk-in shower-bath offers new features

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Sanifo - a leading designer and manufacturer of pumps, macerators, shower cubicles, shower trays and inclusively designed bathroom products - has added several new features to its walk-in shower-bath, the Kineduo, making it completely customisable.

Whirlpool launches silver coloured washing machines

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Whirlpool has added two silver coloured washing machines to its range of freestanding laundry appliances, the Supreme Care 10Kg (FSCR 10432 S) and the FreshCare+ 8Kg.

The premium Supreme Care benefits from what is said to be the quietest spin cycle on the market, at just 68 dB(A), thanks to Whirlpool's Zen Technology.

Uform unveils four cutting-edge door designs and more colour choice

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Uform has introduced its latest product offering which includes four innovative kitchen door designs, five stylish new stains and six trendy paint-to-order colours as well as more paint-to-order options for existing ranges. Raising the bar again in terms of choice, quality and value, this newest launch offers a wealth of design options with all new ranges offering made-to-order doors, drawer fronts and accessories.

Blanco Durinox is the ultimate innovation in stainless steel

Blanco UK has developed a durable stainless steel worktop material, Blanco Durinox, which is twice as strong as conventional stainless steel worktops. Durinox is available in any SteelArt worktop size.

Resistant to scratches and fingerprints, the velvety-matt surface can be integrated with the new Blanco Zerox range of sinks which are also available in a Durinox surface.

New wood finish for Crosswater's Glide II bathroom furniture

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New for 2018, Crosswater has launched its ever-popular Glide II bathroom furniture collection in a beautiful new Windsor Oak finish.

Keller Kitchens for the best delivery times

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Keller Kitchens not only produces beautiful, smart kitchens; the company also boasts fantastic customer service when it comes to delivery times.

Keller Kitchens are manufactured in the company's own factory in The Netherlands, meaning that the quality of materials and parts are of the highest standard and can be shipped to the customer with ease. Keller is meeting the market's demand for quality kitchens delivered to customers' homes in record time.

Pictured is the Keller Kitchens GL7300 kitchen


Hudson Reed gains CE marking approval for its entire heating range

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Bathroom specialist, Hudson Reed, has received approval for its entire heating range, which includes its radiators and heated towel rails, to carry CE Marking.

Stoves extends Mini Range collection to meet demand: New appliances feature Bluetooth connectivity

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In response to growing market demand, Stoves has expanded its ever-popular Richmond aesthetic to include a collection of new 'Mini Range' 60cm options with Bluetooth connectivity.

Hoover bolsters cooking portfolio with Vogue Premium Collection

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Hoover has announced the launch of its second high-end cooking collection; Vogue Premium. Building on the success of the Vogue range launched in 2017, the company has now created a family of appliances that combine the latest professional technology with a minimalistic, modern style.

New intelligent voice and motion-activated recycling bin offers total control

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Binopolis.com's new voice-activated ST2015 bin has been designed to automatically open when it hears you say 'open can', thanks to intelligent sensors for complete control in the kitchen.

Shower market shuns 'expected' Brexit blip in 2018

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The new 2018 report on the UK shower market from MTW Research finds that whilst the prospect of Brexit might dampen performance, robust demand continues to support above inflation growth in 2018 for most sectors.

TKC introduces two new, easy-to-install storage solutions into its portfolio

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TKC has introduced the SmartLarder and the Combi into its portfolio to offer new storage solutions that are stylish, easy-to-install, highly practical and available now from stock.

Saniflo creates kitchens anywhere

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Well known for its market-leading range of pumps and macerators for bathroom scenarios, Saniflo also leads the way in grey water pumping solutions for kitchen, utility and laundry environments.

Customised gratings create a perfectly colour co-ordinated bathroom

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With the growing trend to customise bathrooms, On The Level (OTL) has produced a spectrum of contemporary coloured gratings from Gold to Green - meaning it's now easier to make a shower or wetroom as individual as we all are.

Welcome to the




First, please accept our apologies for the late arrival of this issue of KBzine - which was due to have been broadcast on Friday, but wasn't, due to a glitch in the type of technology we've all come to rely upon so much as we go about our work. Computer software, hardware, servers and fast Internet connections are wonderful when they work, aren't they, but as soon as something goes wrong...

To avoid any chance of us being compared to buses (all coming along at once) the issue we'd normally broadcast this coming Friday will be with you on Monday instead. Well - what better way to start the working week than to discover the latest innovations in kitchens, bathrooms & bedrooms?

Talking of tools, a friend mentioned that DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles has been grousing about how easily petty thieves get let off, when caught stealing tools from tradespeople's vans, after a worker who had volunteered to help out in the DIY SOS had been relieved of thousands of pounds-worth of tools. Apparently, Nick has said that if a judge's car was stolen, space would be found in jail for the culprit but that because a working man's tools of the trade are involved, theft from vans is considered unimportant. I understand Nick has said that van thieves receive a £60 fine.

As the now famous saying goes: 'I agree with Nick'! Well - perhaps not about the judges' cars as I'm not party to the facts, but like Nick, I'm incensed that petty thieves are let off so easily and virtually encouraged never to change their ways but instead hone their skills until they're classed as career criminals.

Knowing roughly how much these judges, barristers and others involved in our legal system earn, the cost of bringing these criminals to justice makes my eyes water. Surely it makes sense then to increase the fines for those who think it's ok to make a career out of thwarting the work schedules of others by stealing the tools of their trade? After all, it's not just the Court costs we need to consider here, but the loss of taxes because those relieved of their tools are unable to work. And what about the cost of visits to the GP because of the resulting stress and possibly long-term depression? Don't you agree that it's time the Courts got tough on petty crooks, so crime doesn't pay?




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

LDL management buyout complete

* Simon-Ogden_LDL.jpgThe management buyout of LDL Components led by former director Simon Ogden is now complete. This follows the company's announcement last Autumn that it intended to centralise its business operation at its Northern premises in Hadfield, near Glossop in Derbyshire.

The company was formed in 2010 when Bath-based business, Lord Distribution and OML, located in Hadfield, merged. Although there was natural synergy between the two companies and the resulting business has grown dramatically, there remained the challenge of working from two sites 170 miles apart. Now all functions have moved to Hadfield, previously the LDL distribution centre, and the Bath office has closed.

Shrinking kitchens shouldn't mean shrinking profits

* 4d-Kitchen-Virtual-Worlds.jpgResearch by LABC Warranty has revealed that the size of the nation's kitchens is shrinking, making it all the more important to ensure the right decisions are made when it comes to fitting out a space. That's according to Nathan Maclean, managing director of Virtual Worlds, who has said that smaller spaces can still be a valuable part of the family home when designed correctly.

Furthermore, this decrease in size should not be seen by designers as a problem, but rather an opportunity to show their creativity and flair and offer solutions that delight their customers.

BMA announces host and first speaker for 2018 Conference

* BMA-host-and-speaker.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association has named the host and first speaker for the 2018 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference, set to take place on 15th October at The Vale Resort in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Financial journalist Sally Bundock who has been covering financial and economic news for the BBC for the last 10 years, will be hosting the event. In 2014 Sally was named as one of the UK's 50 most powerful part-timers on the third annual Power Part Time List compiled by both Timewise and the Financial Times and has just launched the BBC's flagship business programme, Business Live which airs every week day at 08.30 on BBC News Channel and BBC World News.

Be a design winner with Wilsonart Zenith

* Wilsonart-zenith-mainpic.jpgWilsonart is offering creative designers the chance to win high street vouchers and valuable publicity through social media in an exciting new competition featuring the company's unique Zenith slimline work surfaces.

Zenith is made from solid laminate and features a unique black core. The tops are just 12.5mm thick, giving a sleek, slimline look that adds a touch of distinctive flair to any kitchen. The material comes in 11 designs inspired by natural stone and timber. Upstands, splashbacks, breakfast bars, shelves, cabinet framing, curves and drainer grooves for under mount sinks allow plenty of scope for innovative design.

Wayne Hemingway to be new head judge for KBSA Awards

* Wayne-Hemingway.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that English designer Wayne Hemingway is to be head judge for the Designer Awards 2018.

Wayne and his wife Gerardine started and built the fashion label Red or Dead into a company that received global acclaim. After 21 consecutive seasons, Wayne and Gerardine sold Red or Dead in a multi-million cash sale. They then set up Hemingway Design, which specialises in affordable and social design. Wayne received an MBE in the June 2006 Queens Birthday List, is a Professor in The Built Environment Department of Northumbria University, a Doctor of Design at Wolverhampton, Lancaster and Stafford and a Fellow of Blackburn College.

Natural beauty shines through with new shade of grey

* CRL-natural-beauty-Ceralsio.jpgMarble-effect surfaces bring a natural beauty to their surroundings and with Pietra Grey, the latest addition to the Ceralsio ceramic collection by CRL Stone, the aesthetics work in harmony with its practical advantages.

Influenced by the strong trend for natural materials in interior design, Pietra Grey is the latest colour to join the Ceralsio range of ceramic surfaces from CRL Stone. Its subtle white veining gives a timeless grey colour palette a distinctively individual edge while ensuring the surface will work in harmony with other popular materials, from wood to metal.

Are you ISO 45001 ready?' Embrace change now to help spearhead workplace safety

* ISO-45001-ready.jpgWith workplace safety presenting one the biggest challenges for modern industry, global certification firm Bureau Veritas is urging businesses to take up the mantel and ensure they are 'ISO 45001 compliant' ahead of time in order to help improve standards for all.

Published in March 2018, ISO 45001:2018 constitutes the world's first occupational health & safety international standard. Replacing the current OSHAS 18001, the new standard is intended to offer one single set of requirements designed to help organisations of all types and sizes create and implement systems that proactively prevent work-related injury and ill health.

Bathrooms of the future to be flooded with technology...

Bathroom-of-the-future.jpgWrites David Levine, founder and CEO of award-winning mixed reality business DigitalBridge

"Consumers are spoilt for choice when it comes to in-home technology, with innovative new products such as Amazon's Echo, Google's Assistant and a range of smart kitchen appliances helping to modernise homes. Indeed, estimates suggest that smart devices can now be found in up to three million UK households.

However much of this innovation has focused on transforming the kitchen and living areas, and the bathroom has remained fairly traditional as a result; we recently conducted research that revealed that 42% of homeowners would describe their bathroom as 'very outdated'. However - encouragingly - 46% of consumers also see tech innovations as a very exciting prospect in this space.

British Safety Council warns UK businesses of Introducing robots in the workplace

Technology threatens the safety of employees in the workplace, claims the British Safety Council. In a recent report entitled Future Risk, the BSC has highlighted the potential risk that new technology and machinery will have on the UK workforce. The report, published by Robertson Cooper in February 2018, urges businesses, trade unions, educators andgovernments to help make the inevitable introduction of robotics into the workforce as smooth as possible for all parties involved.

Along with thorough demonstrations of how to correctly and safety operate such equipment and technology, the BSC is also urging businesses to train their existing staff so that they fully understand the potential risk that new technology may have on their current role in the company and how they must adapt and learn new skills in order to work in harmony with such technology.

Take a virtual tour of Blanco's showroom

* BLANCO-virtual-tour.jpgBlanco UK has launched a virtual showroom live on its website. Customers can explore the new range of products on display in Blanco's St Albans showroom from the comfort of their own studio, office or home.

The 360-degree panoramic virtual tour is easy to use and allows users to look around and find out about Blanco's new products and latest innovations with a simple click.

Hotpoint launches dishwasher promotion

* Hotpoint-dishwasher-promo.jpgHotpoint has partnered with Procter & Gamble to offer consumers a free supply of Fairy Platinum All in One dishwasher capsules with the purchase of a dishwasher that is included in the promotion.

The promotion applies to purchases made until 9th May 2018. Consumers will receive a nine-month supply of Fairy Platinum All in One dishwasher capsules and the promotion applies to both freestanding and built-in models and both slimline and full-sized models.

Wirquin's 'Spot the Lorry' Twitter competition is now motoring...

* Wirquin-Lorry.jpgThe first in a fleet of Wirquin branded lorries hit the road this month and to mark the investment, the Doncaster-based sanitary equipment manufacturer is running a competition on its twitter page @WirquinLtd

The branded livery is part of a new contract with haulier, J P Walton & Sons, one of South Yorkshire's fastest growing independent transport companies, based in Doncaster. Wirquin is asking entrants to take part in its #thewirquinlorry competition to win up to £60 of Wirquin products.

Macmillan Cancer Support unites kitchen industry in support of men with cancer

* Bechmarx-Macmillan.jpgMacmillan Cancer Support is uniting with nine companies from the construction, electrical and home improvement sector for their 'Just Say the Word' male cancer campaign. Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, CEF, ISG, Mace, Selco Builders Warehouse, Telent Technology Services, Topps Tiles, Travis Perkins and Wolseley, have joined forces with the charity to raise awareness of the impact of cancer on men and encourage those who need it to access support.

A cancer diagnosis can have a significant emotional impact, and the charity says being able to talk is an important part of coping with the disease. Yet new Macmillan and Toluna research reveals more than one in four tradesmen (26%) wouldn't feel comfortable having a serious conversation about any health concerns with their work colleagues.

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Recent News

BMA to focus on plastics waste at AGM

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association will be focusing on plastics waste at its AGM meeting on 20th June. This year's event will be held at a convenient central location at Hogarths Stone Manor Hotel, Kidderminster.

As in previous years, the morning will be dedicated to updating full members on key topics that have a direct impact on their businesses.

Entries now open for new KBSA Awards

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, has announced that the Designer Awards 2018 are now open for entries and that the new Awards include improvements and enhancements designed to make them the most relevant and respected design awards in the industry.

KBSA experts to meet consumers at Grand Designs

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The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that it will have a number of retail members present to provide advice at Grand Designs, which takes place in London's ExCel from 5th - 13th May.

Five KBSA retail members will be on hand to discuss visitors' kitchen projects throughout the show in the 'Ask an Expert' area. Individual sessions can be booked online, in advance, with one of the following retailers:

Ireland's Potter Cowan enjoys growth with Wilsonart Synergii

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As the principal distributor for Wilsonarts Synergii offer throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland, Potter Cowan has been stocking the Wilsonart UK Synergii worksurface for over a year and is enjoying record growth with the brand.

Blanco UK gains ISO accreditation

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The International Standardisation for Organisation (ISO) is committed to international standards to ensure quality, safety and efficiency amongst products and services.

Now, Blanco UK, the kitchen sink and tap specialist, has received ISO accreditation in the form of the ISO 9001:2015 Certificate.

Franke's 'Refill Not Landfill' campaign aims to reduce use of plastic water bottles

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Franke has launched a major new campaign, 'Refill Not Landfill' aimed at contributing to greater awareness of the need to reduce the use of plastic water bottles in everyday life. Working on the premise that small individual actions can develop quantum and make a difference, the campaign is designed to have a ripple effect engaging Franke staff, retailers, distributors, suppliers and consumers.

Kaldewei and the WWF: jointly protecting our oceans

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It is forecast that in 2050 the oceans will contain as much plastics waste as fish. The first indications are already visible today: animals are perishing after ingesting plastics; microplastic is being found in many species of fish. On this basis, Kaldewei has joined forces with Worldwide Fund for Nature, working with its marine conservation programme in Southeast Asia.

AMDEA responds to Which? report on 'unsafe' appliances

Following the report published by Which? on refrigeration standards which listed those companies it considered to be manufacturing products that are not as safe as they could be, AMDEA, the UK trade association for manufacturers of large and small domestic appliances which represents over 85% of the domestic appliance industry and nearly 90% of white goods brands, has issued the following statement:

Sold out! Sirius Buying Group 2018 International Conference

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Sirius Buying Group, major buying group of electrical appliance and kitchen retail solutions, has sold out its 8th International Conference taking place on 20th to 23rd May 2018 at The Lakes Hotel Vilamoura, Portugal: its fifth time at this southern Algarve 5* hotel.

VitrA already victorious in 2018 with flurry of design awards to celebrate

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After winning 11 Good Design awards in January, VitrA has returned from the 2018 iF award ceremony with eight iF awards, including a Gold! With the iF awards largely considered to be the worldwide symbol of product and design excellence, VitrA has certainly got the first quarter of 2018 off to an excellent start.

Ideal Standard International looks to the future with full support of new owners

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Ideal Standard International has announced that an entity managed and advised by Anchorage Capital Group and CVC Credit Partners has completed the acquisition of the Ideal Standard International Group and become the sole shareholders of the Group.


Mark Beard to become CIOB president in 2020

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Mark Beard FCIOB, chairman of construction group Beard, will be appointed vice president of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) on 19th June 2018, and in 2020 he will become the 117th president of the CIOB. His presidency will follow from Charles Egbu, Dean of School of the Built Environment and Architecture at London Southbank University who will become CIOB President in 2019, and Chris Soffe CEO of Gleeds America who will become CIOB President in July 2018.

Smeg appoints Stuart Benson as head of built-in appliances

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Smeg UK has announced the appointment of Stuart Benson as head of built-in appliances.

Stuart joins Smeg with over 17 years of industry experience in sales director and account manager positions across Waterline, BCG, The CDA Group and most recently at Gorenje. He will bring a wealth of knowledge to his new role in the expanding built-in division at Smeg.


Fit & Forget campaign launch, designed to tackle consumer doubt

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VitrA's new Fit and Forget campaign is designed to underline the company's expertise in wall-hung frames and remove any consumer concerns about concealed cisterns.


LDL presents new Furnipart handle collection for 2018

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LDL Components, the exclusive UK distributor and sole agent for Danish handle specialist Furnipart, is now offering the exciting new collection for 2018.

Carron Phoenix launches its updated Range and Value Deals brochures

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Carron Phoenix has updated its Range and Value Deals brochures for 2018, available to retailers now via the Carron Phoenix website, for next day delivery, or through its distributors.

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