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13th July 2012
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The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers has launched a new You Tube Channel as it continues to use smart, cost effective technology to spread the word.
"Whilst the first short trailer for the iKBBI is unlikely to lead to an Oscar nomination, we are pleased to be adopting new technologies that are smart, cost effective, simple and that will add benefit to consumers and indeed our members (current and prospective)," says the team behind the movie.
Boasting the exclusive Hoover revolutionary 'All in One Wash' technology, the machine - one of the largest on the market at 11kg - allows users to wash whites, bright colours and even different fabrics together.
The Roca Group has met its growth and profitability targets thanks to significant management efforts in emerging economy markets. This has been the only way to offset the slump in the Iberian market (Spain and Portugal) and the sluggishness of Central European countries, both of which have historically been high-volume and high-margin regions for the Group.
Most significant data: increase in sales and profit
The perfect choice for environmentally-aware households, e-cloths offer tremendous cleaning power using only water rather than costly chemical cleaning products. With 480,000 fibres per square metre, the cloth relies on the sheer volume of cleaning edges to break up, trap and remove dirt particles.
There are nine e-cloth products now in stock at LDL, each constructed to meet its own specific end use.
Under the leadership of tutors Sebastian Wrong and Harry Richardson, the use of wood as a material and its Life Cycle impacts have been added to the Design Products curriculum and the students have been set the challenge of designing a functional chair or seat in an American hardwood of their choice. The designs will be developed in to working prototypes with the help of Benchmark, internationally renowned for its craftsmanship in wood and long-standing relationship with designer Terence Conran.
Disco brings back the long awaited restyle of mirrored mosaics to the bathroom, available in a 60mm knob and a 204mm pull handle the zinc alloy, polished chrome finish bounces light around the room creating a more spacious feel.
CAD software specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, has announced that the full range of Utopia Bathroom Group's products is now available as a comprehensive graphics catalogue within ArtiCAD-Pro. With the inclusion of this new library from one of the UK's leading bathroom manufacturers, designers using ArtiCAD-Pro can select the specific items they require and incorporate them within their design.
Maytag's super premium Trilogy fridge freezer is now available with an internal water dispenser, ready with chilled, filtered water at the touch of a button, perfect for the home entertainer.
The lastest Labour Force Survey, which was recently published by the Office of National Statistics, shows that last year 34.4 million work days were lost due to musculoskeletal problems. Having watched two burly men earlier this week, struggle to get a washing machine up some exterior steps to the door of an apartment block, I wondered what percentage of these figures could be attributed to the KBB industry.
Manhandling heavy appliances into people's homes can't be easy at the best of times, but throw into the mix all this rain we're having and the way it's making everything so darned slippery - and add to that the ire of the householders who've had their carpets and floors damaged by wet and muddy boots and you have a recipe for disaster.
And of course things can only get worse with the Olympic Games about to start, which will mean that the roads will be clogged up and deliveries will be delayed and however hard you try and explain, you won't be able to convince people that it's not your fault!
Many of us grumble about our jobs but right now I can think of better places to be than working in a customer services call centre that handles deliveries, or humping heavy appliances around, can't you?
This Week's News
New official statistics published yesterday show the number of workers fatally injured in Britain last year remains largely unchanged.
The Health & Safety Executive has released provisional data for April 2011 to March 2012, which shows 173 workers were killed - down two from the previous year. The rate of fatal injury remains the same at 0.6 per 100,000 workers.
Modern kitchen appliance brand New World has launched an affordably priced dual fuel range cooker loaded with features.
Inta is launching a nationwide competition to reward one merchant with the enviable prize of a year's supply of beer to mark the company's tenth year in business.
Roman, the renowned UK shower manufacturer, has further expanded its range of bath screens with an Outward Opening Folding Bath Screen, which joins the company's popular Orbital range of enclosures and bath screens.
Almost half of 70 businesses visited in a series of operations in the London Borough of Newham are being investigated on suspicion of failing to pay the national minimum wage.
Available in chrome or SilkSteel versions, the Centinox UK tap has a contemporary, angular design which will complement any fashionable, modern kitchen. The tap forms part of the Portfolio 55 collection and has a five year guarantee for both finish and parts.
Popular kitchen and bedroom manufacturer, Daval, recently used the optimum facilities of supply partner Blum to launch five new product ranges for 2012/2013.
A stunning new basin stand collection unveiled by British manufacturer, Imperial Bathrooms, offers the perfect choice for architects and designers looking to add glamour and grace to their bathroom interiors.
Exclusively designed to provide bathrooms of opulence and distinction and to create a breathtaking centrepiece, this latest collection offers a luxurious statement for new build and refurbished luxury homes and apartments, together with boutique hotels.
Mereway Kitchens has raised money for charity 'Help for Heroes' by donating 10 pence per view on its viral YouTube clip involving a kitchen, a tank and a whole lot of fun! The cheque for £250 was presented to Janie Martin, County Co-Ordinator last month.
Bushboard has updated the corporate livery for its fleet of delivery vehicles and is being rolled out mid July.
During a kitchen refit, the customer was planning to replace the 30-year old Franke Compact CPX 651 stainless steel sink with a another one. However, the fitter advised the couple to keep the sink as it was still immaculate, as the integrated seal allows the sink to be resited.
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The Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has asked us to remind you that The Independent Retailer Month kicked off on 1st July. If you're an independent retailer and you haven't already taken advantage of a free listing for your store and registered on the The UK Shops directory, just complete the form on independentretailermonth and add your details.
"This is extra free publicity for your business - so take advantage of it now," says the KBSA's Dawn Harlow.
As a Legionella outbreak grips Edinburgh, anti-scald tap, valve and shower manufacturer Inta reminds engineers and installers how to safeguard against the bacteria without running the risk of bathroom scalding.
"Welcome to the British summer. Downpours in June. Flooding and rivers bursting. It's "The wettest drought on record".
EQ Software, the provider of KBB business management systems and eCommerce solutions, has teamed up with key industry partners Egger, ArtiCAD and Blum for the first time in a new and exciting project.
The Furniture Ombudsman will again be present at the national Trading Standards Institute Conference, which this year will be held in Manchester from 26th - 28th June. The annual conference brings together hundreds of local and central government professionals who have an interest in Trading Standards and consumer affairs in the UK.
In what is seen by many as a daring move, insulation solutions provider Jablite has taken the decision to close its technical information line.
"We have a talented and dedicated of technical advisors and they are leading our innovations process," explains Steve Broadhurst, Technical Manager, Jablite.
House builders are increasingly incorporating low and zero carbon (LZC) technologies into new homes as part of their approach to achieving the on-site performance requirements expected from the Government's target for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016. But which technologies are being installed, and what do the occupiers of these homes feel about them?