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20th May 2016
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Do you remember in last week’s leader I was saying how the lines between the KBB industry and cleaning are starting to blur?
Well one of the developments we learned about at the Amsterdam show is one that I can perhaps see taking off in our homes at some time in the future.
Do you, or does a member of your family, take a book or newspaper into the bathroom to read while using the loo? When you consider it (and think about potential hygiene issues) it’s not very nice, is it? Particularly if it’s a book or newspaper that someone else in the family is going to read afterwards!
Years ago, when the British Toilet Association first formed and I was on the committee, a colleague mentioned that local authorities could help pay for the upkeep of our public washrooms by selling advertising space for the cubicle door. I was clearly not the only one sitting there open mouthed, as he then commented: “You have a captive audience.” You could almost hear the penny drop…
As our picture shows, this image is actually a fixed screen and it’s really rather clever… If the user is standing up, the image is facing him. If the sensor on the toilet seat detects that he’s sitting down, it causes the image to reverse and be reflected onto a mirror placed at head height opposite the toilet seat – making the message readable.
How long is it going to be, I wonder, before we all have one of these in our bathrooms so we can have a hygienic, ‘hands-free’ read while using the loo – however quick the ‘visit’ might be?
This Week's News
Determined to open 'a bathroom showroom like no other', builders and plumbers' merchants, MP Moran, turned to Abacus Manufacturing Group to help create an impressive display at one end of its new Flow Luxury Bathroom showrooms.
Created at MP Moran's head office in Kilburn, north-west London, the dramatic and inspirational, high-end showroom was officially opened by television personality, Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen.
Leading domestic appliance manufacturer Hoover is looking to increase its support to independent retailers in the UK by joining the Radio, Electrical & Television Retailers Association as an associate member.
After a strong performance in sales over the last 12 months, Hoover has identified the independent sector as a key area for growth.
A marble-inspired design, Statuario Maximus is a bold new surface, featuring intricate warm grey veins which sweep across a soft white base, enriched by delicate background veins.
The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers confirmed this week that national waste logistics company Hippo has extended its corporate sponsorship of the Institute for a further three years.
Hippo is a highly innovative and market leading waste solutions provider which has actively supported the iKBBI for many years alongside the provision of a highly flexible service to its members.
Which? has awarded the AEG L79685FL and L87405FL washing machines Best Buy Status.
Commenting on the AEG L79685FL, Which? says: "We love how well this AEG washes clothes and blasted through stains in our tests. It will do a great job with your laundry and thoroughly deserves being a Best Buy".
The new Pro filter system is available in two different sizes (Pro 52 - 520mm and Pro 85 - 850mm) and will fit either a 600mm or 900mm kitchen unit. Bespoke units over 900mm are also available which covers more surface area than any other similar system that is currently on the market.
From 23rd - 28th May, Noise Action Week - co-ordinated by Environmental Protection UK - will be highlighting the impact that noise can have on our health and quality of life, including disturbance from alarms, DIY, people, pets and most notably household appliances.
Coheba single-shades include beige, ivory, brown and anthracite, whilst the urban-style mosaic design repeats the four shades through two columns. All tiles measure 40 x 40 cm and can be laid inside and outside. The mix of base tones, as well as the mosaic design, can be laid to create zones and features, with RAK's rectified tile edges facilitating neat, tight grout joints for a very smart installation.
100% British made, the new Victorian cistern and pan naturally embrace the humble detailing long associated with the bourgeois era. Presenting a sophisticated simplicity that will suit any bathroom interior, it is crafted using the highest quality Cornish porcelain which is then expertly cast and glazed.
Ed: We're hoping you can help this company out with your advice. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your views. Many thanks!
We are a small kitchen, bedroom and bathroom provider and wondered if you could help with an issue we are having. We fitted an en suite for a customer in 2013 and unfortunately the shower tray developed a hairline crack/crazing. The supplier has stated that there is only a two-year guarantee with the tray and refuses to replace it.
Whilst we appreciate our customer's concern and have offered to provide free labour, they feel we should replace everything free of charge.
What would be your opinion?
We are keen to protect our reputation but feel the manufacturers should take this on board.
Franke has appointed Rod Jones as sales director. Leading the UK sales team, Rod will manage the brand portfolio consisting of Franke, Carron Phoenix and KWC, across all key trade channels and is responsible for the development and execution of the UK-wide commercial strategy.
Rod brings with him extensive commercial leadership experience, with a background in consumer goods companies including Spectrum Brands, head of sales at Whirlpool and latterly, as business unit director for KitchenAid.
BSH's growing sales mean that its Customer Service constantly needs to adapt to continue to provide award-winning support for the organisation's brands (Bosch, NEFF, Siemens and Gaggenau). In Spring 2016, the existing 12 teams of Field Service Engineers were expanded to 14, which would be too many engineers for one UK-wide service manager to effectively co-ordinate.
Therefore, two new regional service managers, Alan Walls, responsible for the North, (main pic) and Andy Kent, responsible for the South, (pictured below right) have been appointed.
The West Midlands-based kitchen, bathroom and bedroom manufacturer has set a challenge to raise £30,000 during its 30th year and the Knowle Fun Run is one of the many sporting events taking place across the country.
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The new premises have been in the process of development over the last three months and will consist of a new purpose built product training centre where the whole range of Phoenix products are displayed, open plan office for greater departmental communication and a warehouse and manufacturing facility that will be twice the size of the existing premises.
Darren has accrued an impressive 22 years of industry experience joining VitrA from BCG where he sold kitchens and bathrooms in the North West. Before BCG, he had sold Ideal Standard to bathroom retailers in the same geographical area and so is well connected as well as product savvy.