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4th October 2019
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Amica has signed a license agreement with Fagor S.Coop to sell major home appliances under the Fagor brand. "This will enable the brand, which is well known in Spain, to return to the market with modern, top quality products," comments Jacek Rutkowski of Amica. The license agreement will also give Amica the opportunity to establish a presence in the Spanish market."
It combines all the benefits of AKW's existing Tuff Form former with a new octagonal fitting plate, allowing for up to 15 different waste positions and ensuring easy installation every time.
Whether we believe in man-made climate change or not, what we can't dispute is the damage our continuous and often unnecessary consumption is causing to our planet.
I've struggled in the past with the idea that as KBzine's editor, I'm helping sell new products to people who may not actually need them, but I've tried to balance that with regular pleas for us as an industry to push the idea that what we may no longer want, may be someone else's dream possession. We must learn to not discard what we're replacing with new, but to instead try and find a new home for it.
I know it's not the kitchen I'd have chosen by any means, but my kitchen, which I found on Gumtree some years ago and had installed at home, is still going strong. It's a tad old fashioned, yes, and the sink wasn't well looked after by the previous owner and the hob has to be lit with a match, but I'm OK with that. One day I may be in a position to change it all but it won't go to the dump; instead I'll find another home for it. Having said that, the disruption involved with having a new kitchen fitted (and I'll need my concrete floor screeded and walls and ceiling replastered at the same time) means that I'll probably be leaving my home for good before my kitchen does. Life's complicated enough, isn't it?
Recent research by Skoup indicates that homes and business are wasting space and money on storage for bulky items that they'll never use, such as sofas, filing cabinets, old equipment etc. It also found that the average home is wasting 6sq.ft of living space, storing things that are too large or too difficult to recycle or dispose of - and with modern homes tending to be smaller than their older counterparts, 6sq.ft can make a huge difference to comfort, so it makes sense to pass things on that we no longer need, doesn't it?
A simple ad on Gumtree, eBay, FreeCycle or the like with a rider 'buyer must collect', is surely the best way to do it, don't you think?
This Week's News
Congratulations to everyone who came away from last night's 2019 Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association's Awards Dinner proudly holding an Award! The winners were:
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 at the NEC in Birmingham from 9th through 13th October.
British bath manufacturer Cabuchon Bathforms has launched its sixth-generation deep soaking tub, the Takara. Like the other baths in its deep soaking range, it is inspired by the traditional Japanese ofuro but it includes a host of refinements designed to enhance comfort and to better suit Western bathing habits. It will also accommodate modern technologies such as spa hydrotherapy.
Simply Business has launched a campaign to 'Stamp Out Tool Theft' once and for all, after research revealed one in three (37%) tradespeople have had their tools stolen, costing a combined average of £3,005 each in lost earnings (£870) and replacing stolen tools (£2,135).
Faith Furniture Company (FFC) has announced the launch of its new 2019/2020 Evo brochure which showcases a collection of six kitchen designs with 12 door choices. Evo offers retailers a simple and affordable range of kitchens for customers that doesn't compromise on quality and looks.
As a leader in manufacturing innovative ceramic surfaces, VitrA launched two new tile systems, CementMix and Wood collections, at the ceramic fair, Cersaie, in Bologna, Italy, last week. Introducing new materials and textures, the tile ranges demonstrate VitrA's expertise in ceramic design and technology. The tiles can be used in residential and commercial environments, from kitchen and living spaces to swimming pools and terraces.
To celebrate the relaunch of Aqualisa's new Installer Club, the company will be running a national radio campaign touring 65 locations throughout the UK. In partnership with Fix Radio, Aqualisa will be touring trade showrooms and merchants during October and November of this year.
Homes and businesses across the UK are storing rubbish and old junk that is wasting space, rent and rates, according to research by Censuswide for Skoup, a new 'pay-as-you-throw' service for surplus clutter and waste.
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