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14th December 2018


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Saniflo launches Sanifloor+ Tray

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Saniflo UK has launched the Sanifloor+Tray, adding to its portfolio of showering solutions. The Sanifloor+Tray offers a complete solution for easily installing a shower when traditional gravity drainage is not available and it does not require any major installation work.

The kit includes a pump, a low-level shower tray and the waste. The 55mm tray can be installed directly onto the floor and is very easy to maintain. The pump features wireless communication between the pump and plug installation and has all the features of the standalone Sanifloor+.

Danby looks ahead to SS19

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"Spring and Summer 2019 is set to bring continued growth for brands targeting outside, ancillary and multi-generational space in UK homes"

John Welbourn, who is spearheading the European launch for Canada's Danby specialist appliances in the UK explains:

"After the Summer and Autumn of 2018, UK consumers will feel justified in investing in gardens; bars and outside kitchens, but also in building-on, extending up and out to provide living and social space for teenagers, stay-at-home older children and annexes for older family members.

Durable D-Style from Abacus Bathrooms

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The modern D-Style portfolio of bathroom brilliance from Abacus Bathrooms features compact handwash basins, standard-sized basins, WCs, bidets and complementary mirrors. There are five contemporary colours - White, Beige, Nilo, Walnut, Wenge - and two sizes to choose from for the complementary basin and vanity unit.

The compact handwash basins are ideal for cloakrooms while there are also models in 55cm and 60cm widths for main full bathroom suites.

The best for beautiful basins

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Established in 1989, Abacus Bathrooms is one of the UK's leading manufacturers and distributors of bathroom and wetroom products and is well known for a philosophy of pioneering development for the ultimate bathroom build.

New to the portfolio of clever innovations for the installer, designer and retailer is a range of four products for simple, effective installation of basins.

Fish scale/mermaid tiles conjure up a little mythical magic

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With the influx of unicorns there has been in recent months, it was only a matter of time before the trend was extended to other mythical creatures...

Gold mermaid fishscale tiles from Otto Tiles & Design appeared on George Clarke's 'Old House, New Home' featuring a property in Portsmouth, Claverdon, recently.

Otto Tiles & Design sees fish-scale tiles as the new trend upcoming over the next year, possibly to replace terrazzo tiles.

Bushboard's statement splashbacks launch on Monday

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Available from Monday, Lush tropical palms, on trend Moorish patterns, 60s style geometrics, weathered London brick and soft, time faded vintage prints are just some of the inspiring options in Bushboard's new Vista splashback collection.

The new collection, which includes 14 designs in 9mm mdf and six in 4mm acrylic, can be used to create either a focal point splashback behind a sink or a hob, to create a feature wall, or all around the kitchen if desired.

Perfect for the festive season!

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Entertaining at home continues to be one of our favourite pastimes and William Garvey Furniture Makers' freestanding bar cabinets will enable householders to do it in style.

Kitchen taps that dare to be different

Move over bold colours and minimal design, there is a new trend on the kitchen catwalk and it comes in the form of the unusually designed tap!

Choose a style or finish that breaks from the norm and an instant style update is made, transforming the entire kitchen and turning one of its busiest areas into a focal point.

A modern twist to a classic sink

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The Silgranit Legra from Blanco UK is the ultimate classic sink design for today's kitchens.

Each model has a wide tap ledge and a basket strainer to prevent food from going down the drain. Whether rinsing food, washing dishes or filling a vase, the large, deep bowl of the sink is ideal and most models in the Legra range are available for reversible installation.

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Something that frustrates my colleague John Austen is that although all the news and product information for KBzine might have long been finished and uploaded, he has to wait for my leaders as I tend to leave them until the last minute to ensure that they're topical.

Not so this week, (or so I thought) since I prepared today's leader this morning. It began with: "Another week and I'm still without a fridge" and went on to say how the engineers arrived last Tuesday and discovered that far from my fridge being broken because I'd damaged it, the thermostat and/or sensor appeared to be faulty. After much bashing about they left my appliance in the middle of the kitchen where they'd found it and told me they'd ordered new parts as they don't carry them. They said the parts would "hopefully" be in sometime this week and that the retailer would be in touch...

I didn't actually respond that I wouldn't hold my breath - partly because none of this was their fault but also because I was biting my lip so as not to ask why the heck they didn't carry what I'd consider to be essential parts on the repair van! I waited patiently until this lunchtime before contacting the retailer to say I was still wondering what was going on.

I don't know if the fact that I'd taken to posting my despair on the retailer's Facebook page had anything to do with it, or whether it was the last post in which I included the Group managing director's email address and asked if it was the one I should use for my complaint, or whether the company realised it hadn't performed well, but I've just had a message to say that owing to the length of time I've been without a fridge, the company is going to replace the appliance.

Naturally I'm delighted, but it has rather messed up my leader which I've had to rewrite and caused John - and you - to wait again!

This is the second time a repair engineer hasn't had essential supplies on board - the last one had come specifically to replace my last fridge freezer's lead (chewed through by a rat my cat had brought in) and didn't have a lead or plug with him! New Year resolution for repair people perhaps... carrying all the parts that might be needed? Mine is to get my leaders done early in future!

Merry Christmas!




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

UK first for Altecnic as Intaball valves attain new standard

* Altecnic.jpgIn what is believed to be a first for the UK's plumbing and heating industry, the Altecnic Intaball range of gas lever ball valves is one of the first UK products to be certified to EN 331:2015 (Class C).

Committed to achieving the latest industry standards, Altecnic has been working closely with BSI's Loughborough-based Product Certification Team and Centre of Excellence for the past two and a half years. Now, the company can demonstrate compliance with European Directives and Regulations relating to the ball valves and OEM equipment it manufactures and supplies across UK domestic and commercial markets.

New Year celebrations shaken and not stirred with The Connery cocktail cabinet

* Connery-cabinet.jpgAs Big Ben strikes 12 and the first notes of Auld Lang Syne ring out, ensuring everyone has a drink to hand to raise a toast to the New Year is a breeze with for those with their very own cocktail cabinet in their kitchen or open-plan living space.

For anyone who loves hosting friends and family for special occasions, The Connery from The Signature Collection by Masterclass Kitchens is a must-have piece of furniture that will put the sparkle and style into any party.

Quartz in a quarter of the time (and cost)

* MAIN-PIC-Ivory-stone.jpgHardwearing, good looking and easy to care for quartz worksurfaces are growing in popularity. The downside with most quartz tops is that they cannot be fabricated on site, which causes delay and extra cost.

Ever innovative, Bushboard M-Stone is a quartz surface that can be installed on site. M-Stone is entirely different to other quartz worksurfaces on the market because it offers fast and easy installation without the need for advanced fabrication, dramatically reducing both costs and waiting time.

Stay on trend for 2019 with Lustrolite Carbon

* Lustrolite-Carbon.jpgDarker shades are on trend for 2019, with midnight blue and black predicted by many to be the popular shades for kitchens. Homeowners can make small changes to their kitchen to keep it en-vogue and stay at the height of fashion, such as adding a coloured award-winning Lustrolite glass effect acrylic wall panel.

The elegant panels can also add the same touch of sophistication to bathrooms.

Victory for the Cookie Club in kitchen showroom rugby V football bake-off

* Victory-Cookie-Club.jpgIn celebration of the launch of the Cookie Club Cookbook - being sold to raise money as part of Exeter rugby player Phil Dollman's testimonial year - rugby players and a team from Exeter City FC have just met for a second time in a Great Exeter Bake-off at The Room Works kitchen & bathroom showroom.

The Cookie Club, open to Exeter rugby players, meet throughout the season to surprise fellow members with delicious bakes, so there was pressure on the rugby team to level the score against the footballers and take home the trophy.

AKW launches its new timber range

* AKW-timber-range.jpgAKW, one of the UK's leading providers of accessibility solutions, has launched its complementary timber range. This means that installers will be able to buy CLS timber and plywood from AKW, saving them both time and money and enabling accessible bathroom purchasing and installation to become even more straightforward.

From boxing in pipework and over-boarding wooden floors, to creating stud walling or noggins, an adapted bathroom requires a variety of timber. The AKW timber range has been introduced to offer installers and contractors more of the components of a bathroom adaptation from one source. By offering WBP plywood - which uses water & boil-proof adhesive for added security - in 4mm and 12mm thicknesses and 3x2 CLS timber in treated and untreated finishes, installers can order

New Hotpoint ActiveCook induction hobs maximise flexible cooking

* New-Hotpoint-ActiveCook.jpgHotpoint has launched a new range of induction hobs that feature ActiveCook technology, which provides users with extended cooking capabilities to provide a more versatile and flexible approach to cooking with induction.

Combining sensor technology, assisted-cooking and a fully-flexible cooking surface, the ActiveCook induction hobs make light work of cooking. The range is led by the 770mm model (ACP 778 C/BA), which features eight individual cooking zones that can each be precisely controlled with 18 different power levels.

The Sink Space invests in its first ever showroom and a revamped website

* MAIN-PIC-CARRON.jpgCarron Phoenix and KWC distributor, The Sink Space, has launched a completely revamped, new-look website www.thesinkspace.co.uk and invested in its first ever showroom, to support its growing trade customer base.

Open now, the new showroom showcases a carefully curated selection of products from both brands including Carron Phoenix's popular Vela and Debut stainless steel and Bali granite sink ranges, mixer and pull-out taps, and premium sister-brand KWC's luxury ZOE and EVE tap collections.

Franke launches Area Service Technician service to support customers

* Franke-Technicians.jpgFranke has launched a new UK-wide dedicated repair team covering its boiling water taps, hoods and waste disposal units. The full-time, fully qualified team are part of Franke's Consumer Care department and will respond to any issues with relevant products, whether they are in or out of warranty.

The service is only chargeable for products that are not covered under the Franke warranty.

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New award is essential part of strategy to promote compliance, says BMA

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2019 Conference set to be "extraordinary"

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Sleep + Eat Success for VitrA

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Beko recognised for fire safety by UK's leading electrical safety charity

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New CIH chairman Steve Scogings addresses suppliers and presents Awards at Christmas lunch

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Don't always buck the trend, says HiB

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It's vital for any business to update and refine its product portfolio, and introducing products that meet changing customer needs is an important driver of product-line expansion. Ash Chilver, sales director at HiB, comments on the importance on taking stock of the latest trends:

'Best Installer 2018' winner announced

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The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation tells us it is delighted to announce that Liberty Fitting Services was unveiled as Installer of the Year 2018 at this week's ek&bbusiness Awards & Review ceremony in Central London.

Roman scoops NHIC Award

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Shower designer and manufacturer, Roman, has won the consumer safety award for compliance in bathroom products at the National Home Improvement Council Awards black tie ceremony.

TKC partners with leading kitchen design software companies to support Jigsaw

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To support the further growth of its Jigsaw brand and kitchen retailers, TKC has partnered with specialist kitchen design software companies ArtiCAD and Compusoft. The complete portfolio of doors, cabinets, storage, sinks, taps and worktops is now available in a digital format on both platforms.

Revamped training facility for Rangemaster

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Rangemaster has updated its Leamington Spa Training Academy to present the company's full range of appliances in a modern new space.


Rob van Steen joins DKG Group's team of directors

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The DKG Group, the organisation behind successful brand Keller Kitchens, has made internal changes in line with the growth of the business, including expanding and strengthening the team of directors.


Formica Group flushes away competition at international B2B Awards

Congratulations to Formica Group, which picked up 'Best PR Campaign' at the International B2B Awards last week. It won for 'Lifting the Lid on Washrooms' - a PR campaign targeting architects, designers and fabricators, particularly in the hospitality sector. The activity hinged around asking people what they thought of public toilets.

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