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19th January 2018
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Britain has become a nation reliant on appliances, unable to carry out basic tasks without the help of a gadget, according to new research from AppliancesDirect.co.uk, as part of its 'Power On: The Evolution of Appliances' report. The research found that 46% of Brits would not be able to reheat food without a gadget to do it for them, while 40% would struggle to make toast without an appliance, despite this only requiring a grill. And 25% wouldn't be able to make a cup of tea or coffee - a task that in most cases involves simply boiling water with a pan, without using a kettle.
Almost one in four confesses to not knowing how to wash clothes without having a washing machine on hand to do most of the work - and, shockingly, one in five wouldn't know how to dry clothes without a tumble dryer. Washing machines (81%) topped the list of appliances British adults confessed they couldn't live without, closely followed by dishwashers (36%), toasters (33%) and coffee machines (18%). I agree with the washing machine part!
Perhaps unsurprisingly, millennials - those aged 18 to 30 years - many of whom will have grown up with mobile phones and access to the Internet, is the generation that would fare worst if they had to do without electrical appliances in their home. 40% wouldn't know how to make tea or coffee without a kettle while 63% wouldn't know how to wash or dry clothes without an appliance to do so. I wholeheartedly agree with the company's marketing manager Mark Kelly, who says that while appliances definitely make everyday tasks a lot easier, we Brits should ensure we know how to do basic things such as boil water and wash our clothes, in case our appliances break or there is a power cut.
As someone who can recall the three-day-week, where we didn't have any power at all for long periods, I know full well the importance of being able to 'wing it'... When it comes to these gadgets, which have clearly become crucial to so many people's ability to function, I look forward to seeing plenty of old favourites as well as new innovations very soon, alongside so many other industry products, furniture and ancillaries at KBB Birmingham, at the NEC from 4th - 7th March. Our rolling preview starts today. If you want to be included, do please send your press release and images without delay.
This Week's News
Commenting on the impact of Carillion's collapse on its 1,400 apprentices and 20,000 other staff, John Newcomb, chief executive of the Builders Merchants Federation, says there are great opportunities available for them to move into Britain's £55 billion building materials industry, which includes merchants and suppliers:
"The Building Materials Industry, which is valued at £55 billion, is growing fast, with most of our members reporting strong growth across 2017 and into this year," he explains.
"So, Carillion has gone into liquidation and the Government is doing its incompetent best to deal with the fall out, and cover its tracks. Thousands of lives are going to be impacted and we will be working hard to help anyone caught up in this mess.
Whatever happens it's time for truth!
Sometimes it takes a big name to fail to make people sit up and look at things happening in the industry in a different light. We are not interested in the politics of procurement, we are interested in fairness, objectivity and a professional approach to construction.
Enough's enough, let's all work together for real truth and real change. So, here is what we would like you to help us with:
You may already know Keller Kitchens for high quality, Dutch fitted kitchens. In the Netherlands, where the company produces around 2,500 kitchens every week, the 80-year old company is big news. Big as in '559.741 sq feet of state-of-the-art production space' big, earning Keller a place in the top 10 biggest European manufacturers. That's huge.
Here in the UK, the brand has been building its profile and reputation with leading independent kitchen specialists. Preferring to sell via skilled kitchen professionals, who know their audience and area, Keller Kitchens has a growing network of UK stockists tuned into the company's Dutch-built quality and expertise.
Abacus Bathrooms has long been noted as a technical expert in the bathroom industry; the company not only offers a complete bathroom portfolio, but also the history of Abacus Bathrooms in terms of bathroom innovation and design is evident when new products are launched.
Abacus Bathrooms and Elements Wetrooms brands will feature at KBB 2018 and one example of the company's design innovation is the new Infinity Single-Fall wetroom shower tray.
Visitors to the Kitchen & Bathroom Buying Group stand will be treated to the UK launch of a new kitchen collection from German furniture brand Störmer (pictured), as well as a new product presentation concept called the 'magic wall', which utilises the very latest interactive smart technology.
Also presented for the first time in the UK, will be the new cooking appliance collection from Küppersbusch; the German pioneer of the 'Okotherm' cooking system.
Bushboard, renowned for its laminate worksurfaces and bathroom panels, will be showcasing Nuance bathroom panels, as well as highlights from its new Omega and Options worksurface collections and exciting new solid surface developments.
Commercial director Neil Horton explains: "KBB is an important industry platform and an ideal place for us to continue showing the qualities of our bathroom panels to retailers and designers."
Inspired by its German pedigree, Blanco UK will be showcasing its new brilliant designs and giving live demonstrations of kitchen sinks, taps and induction hobs to highlight the functions and aesthetics of new products.
CAD software and technology innovator for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, will be presenting a new version of ArtiCAD-Pro. This features a fresh look design interface, which makes the core software even easier and faster to use.
This latest version (v.21) also includes a completely new pricing system with multiple options ranging from super-speedy quotations through to a full suite of business management tools including BI and CRM facilities.
Within the spectacular new Abode stand visitors will see a plethora of exciting new introductions being showcased and launched, for the very first time. A host of new products for both the kitchen and bathroom will be on display to be admired, handled and ordered.
In the kitchen sink section visitors will see a major relaunch of the Abode sinks collection with a significant number of new ranges on show for the very first time. The company's designers and technical teams have been working hard capturing new ideas and shapes in ceramic, stainless steel and composite materials.
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