New type of undersink storage

Undersink storage from Jet Press is available in a range of sizes to fit all standard UK cabinet depths. Featuring soft close as standard, and full extention runners, the storage is available for right and left-handed cabinets. Fitting and assembly instructions are supplied with the unit.

The Murano Scolpisce La Maniglia collection of handmade handles for cabinets, drawers and doors has been introduced by Murano House. The collection comprises four styles of polished or brushed stainless steel handles, inset with Murano Glass and silver or 24 carat gold leaf. The collection is available in a range of colours, including: Amethyst, Black Silver, Gregio, Black Gold,, White Gold and White Silver.

As part of its Spring launch, Utopia Bathroom Group introduced four furniture concepts, including Symmetry. lt is based on a series of cun/ed pieces that can be displayed wall-hung, fitted wall·to-wall or used as a freestanding option. The range also includes two basins – a Celcast undermounted model or ceramic inset model – plus a cunxed bath with optional storage cabinet, curved bath screen and co0ordinating mirrors.

Electrolux introduces real life dishwasher

Electrolux has introduced the Real Life Semi-imsrafed dishwasher (ESl67070XR) which uses 10 litres of water A+ energy rated, the dishwasher features ceiling spray and satellite arm, with double rotating spray, to get into the corners, plus an XXL tub for more usable room inside. The Realtife dishwasher boasts EnergySmart technology which automatically adjusts for energy and water use.

Beko has  introduced the DW686 dishwasher which has 8 place  settings and uses 10 litres of water The A+++ rated model features folding plate supports in the  bottom base to accommodate saucepans and baking trays and a removable cutlery basket in the lower basket. The DW686 dishwasher operates at 44dB, which the company claims is equivalent to a quiet library atmosphere.

EQ Software endorses water labelling scheme

The Water Efficiency Product Labelling Scheme (WEPLS), operated by the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA), has received a further endorsement from EQ Software. The business management software provider will now incorporate water efficient products — registered on WEPLS – into its system for specification and order by retailers.

At the recent Bathroom Manufacturers Association AGM, marketing manager for Easyquote Neil Schofield outlined the company’s commitment to the green agenda in a presentation to its members. Director of Easyquote Ben Pursglove, who is responsible for data management at EQ Software, remarked: “The demand for green products is coming from a variety of sources and for a number of product groups. Retailers at the sharp end need the ability to calculate cost savings to consumersrwhen specifying energy-efficient products. While this clearly is evident with appliances, the same principles can be applied to bathroom products.

“The ‘Source Green’ function, we created within EQ Software can give retailers instant access to the very latest information on such products, which can be key motivators to successful sales at retail level.” EQ Software is encouraging all of the BMA members, representing more than 75 brands, to participate in promoting the green agenda for bathrooms to a wider  v audience. The company plans to incorporate WEPLS products, with access to water calculation, into its software during 2011.

What is WEPLS?

The Water Efficient Product Labelling Scheme (or WEPLS for short) allows retailers and specifiers to find and compare water efficient products for use in the bathroom. All the products in the scheme boast a label, similar to the EU energy-efficiency label, which illustrates the amount of water they use. The products span taps, WCs, cisterns, shower controls, baths, shower handsets, urinal controls and grey water units. There are 27 BMA manufacturers and non-members listed with the scheme, which now features 1,500 registered products. There is also a database of stockists, which retailers can join if they have access to product from a company registered on WEPLS. Stockists can join the database free of charge. It allows consumers to find where to buy a water-efficient product, searching by county or postcode.

Methven wins Green Good Design Award

Brassware manufacturer Methven has scooped a ‘green’ medal in the 2OTl Green Good Design Awards for its Kiri Satinjet Ultra Low Flow Shower. The Awards are presented by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.  Judges of the awards praised the Methven Kiri Satinjet Ultra Low Flow Shower for its design, performance and its water and energy credentials. The shower model uses 5.7 litres of water a minute. In addition, they also recognised the life expectancy of the product, which has a lifetime parts guarantee. Methven UK CEO, Steve Lee commented: “Delivering life- enhancing showering experiences, that are kind to the planet, is what Methven is all about. We design with resource conservation in mind, believing we have an important role to play in understanding the social and  political context of our products and the long-term impact they have on the world.

“lt’s a great honour to see the Kiri Satinjet Ultra Low Flow Shower receive such an esteemed award at the Green Good Design Chicago Athenaeum. It is another fantastic endorsement of our innovation in  design and technology.   “We are one of a select few to win this award across many thousands of entries globally and the achievement is testament to our commitment to be the leading global brand, recognised and loved worldwide for delivering superion life-enhancing shower experiences.”

Italian cooker hood manufacturer Falmec has adapted the design of its Mimbilia range, having exchanged halogen lighting for more energy-efficient LEDs. The LED lighting replaces the downlights and the incandescent light bulbs, which provide the ambient illumination, saving 96% energy use. The  Zebra, Elektra, Margherita, Manhattan (shown), Pharo, Platinum and Maia models now all use the LED lighting system.   As part of its ecobubble range of washing machines, Samsung has introduced the top-of-the-range.

Eco bubble VRT. Like all the ecobubble models, it uses bubbles to penetrate fabric faster, which means it can wash at lower water temperatures, using 30% of the energy. The A+++ rated washing machine comes in 8kg and 12kg capacities and boasts Vibration Reduction Technology and an Anti-limescale ceramic heating element.

GDHA gains EST for 100 cookers

UK kitchen appliance manufacturer; Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (GDHA) has announced it is the Hrst company to be approved and recommended by the Energy Saving Trust Recommended scheme for freestanding, built-in and range cooking categories. Almost one hundred products across all GDHA’s cooking brands – Stoves, Belling and New World – have undergone testing against Energy Saving Trust Recommended criteria, set by an independent panel.

They have  been judged to be among some of the most energy-efficient on the market, with reduced carbon emissions and reduced running costs for consumers. Products from Stoves, Belling and New World can be found on the Energy Saving Trust website, created for consumers in search of the most energy-efficient products in their class, and will be labelled with the Energy Saving Trust Recommended label to enable consumers to make greener choices. Denver Hewlett, GDHA’s chief executive, said: “We are very proud  of this achievement, and with three cooking brands and thousands of products it has been no small undertaking. Our production and technical teams, led by Mark Baker our head of research and development, have worked alongside the Energy Saving Trust for the last two months, assisting them in the painstaking testing process. To have this official endorsement of our products is a great reward for the months of hard work and research that have gone into creating products that are genuinely greenen.”

Toni De La Motta, from the Energy Saving Trust Recommended scheme, said: “The British public wastes a lot of energy in the kitchen, so it’s vital buyers know straight away what’s the best of the best for energy efficiency – our label does this. We’re very encouraged that some of the most high-profile brands in UK’s homes are investing in developing more energy- efficient ranges. GDHA has set a high standard that we hope will lay down the gauntlet for other companies to aspire to.”

Pura strengthens sales force

Strengthening its external sales force, Pura Bathrooms has appointed Jeremy Gearing to the position ofarea sales manager: He brings with him a wealth of experience from within the bathroom industry. ln his new role, Gearing will be responsible for establishing new sales opportunities for the company, as well as co-ordinating sales and strategy planning. Gearing will look alter the South East of England region.

Ellis Furniture has welcomed David Hayes to its housebuild sales team. Hayes brings with him a wealth of experience within the industry, having previously worked for Paula Rosa Kitchens for ll years and The Richmond Cabinet Company for five years. ln his new role, he will be responsible for the southern region and is looking forward to cementing existing customer relationships and establishing new ones.

Craig Hadley hasjoined the PJH Group as VC buying manager to head up the china product division of its bathroom portfolio. He joins the company from home improvement company Focus DIY, where he held the position of category buyer In his new role, Hadley will build upon the bathroom product range development, already in place, as well as challenge the company to develop ideas for future development.

Neil Allan has taken the role as operations director at IDS, taking over from Chris Whitlock who has been appointed MD of Calders & Gmndidge. Allan was previously group supply chain director for Grahams and was responsible for product availability and ` supplier relations across 24,000 lines and 180 branches. In his new role, he will be responsible  for sales and operations, railheads,  manufacturing, health & safety, logistics and business controls.

Mark David Enterprises has appointed Colin Seaton as agent for the South East and East of England. Seaton brings with him a wealth of experience, joining the industry in 1977 He has worked for a variety of kitchen and bathroom manufacturers, including Spring Ram Corporation, as well as retailers and started his own business. In his new role, Seaton will promote the companys portfolio of kitchen brands including Nolte, Brion and Yesteryear.

Geberit adds to salesforce

David Cole has been promoted to the position of sales director for brassware and sanitaryware manufacturen Perrin & Rowe. Prior to joining the company, Cole held a senior role in the legal recruitment sector He began at Perrin & Rowe as sales executive, before advancing to sales manager Within his new role, he will assume full responsibility of internal and external sales management in the UK and internationally Cole will also manage all aspects of the customer service team in Rainham.

JJO Plc has appointed Gaynor Allan, who brings with her over 16 years’ experience, to the position of area sales manager Allan will be responsible for selling the company’s Colonial and Eco kitchens to new and existing dealers within the M25, plus East Sussex and Kent. Prior to joining the company, she held roles at a kitchen distributor and sink manufacturer; as well as ran her own kitchen studio in West Wales.

Geberit has extended its sales force with the appointment of Andy Lever as commercial sales director and Mamie Hopkinson as retail area sales manager Lever will oversee all sales activities and is responsible for all members ofthe sales team within the commercial sector: Hopkinson joins the company from Triton Showers and will be tasked with developing the wall-hung  concept and sales across the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

John Paul Gent has been recruited as senior designer for Gillingham-based showroom Ream. Gent brings with him over 30 years’ experience in the industry. He has taught Advanced Construction Engineering at Mid Kent College, as well as project managed major home refurbishments. Gent has also had experience of running a kitchen installation business.

Kevin Gunn has been appointed as national sales manager for Pitacs Limited, where he will be responsible for helping to achieve targets and identify new markets. He will manage the sales force for the Ultraheat and Aeon brands, within the heating division, and the Pitacs brand under the cable division. Prior to joining the company, Gunn worked for two years as national sales manager for  Baxi and spent 13 years as commercial manager for Purmo.

Out and about Novermber 2011

Who: Hoover Candy Reason for invitation: Red Passion event at the Ferrari headquarters in Maranello, Italy for the launch of its 2011 range of appliances. Retailers and distributors, were invited to the Ferrari track to take part in a skills driving test. be driven a lap around the new track in a Ferrari,as well as attend a cooking class with the new products. ln addition, all guests were taken to the Ferrari museum for a presentation about the new range, surrounded by previous winning F1 models and trophies.

Who: Samsung V Reason for invitation: Showcase of its latest products, including the Dual Steam oven, G-series refrigeration and Ecobubble washing machine at the Serpentine Gallery, London. In addition, selected press had an out-of-hours tour of Serpentine`s current exhibit by Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey. sponsored by Samsung. lt includes an installation called Green Screen Refrigeration Action featuring the company’s G Series refrigerator:

Who: Crown Imperial Reason for invitation: Opening of the Crown Imperial showroom in Daventry. Retailers and distributors were invited to see the 15,000 sq ft of floor space,which has been updated to include over 70 kitchen room sets and now contains all of the company’s latest collections. Designed to inspire retailers and assist them in selecting suitable ranges for their own customers,the updated showroom also features work surfaces,appliances, sinks and taps. Crown Imperial also offers retailers the opportunity to use the Daventry space as an extended arm to their own retail space.

Who: Fourneaux cle France Reason for invitation: Launch of a new collection of 900mm range cookers from the Lacanche and Westahl brands. Retailers and distributors were invited to jean Christophe Novelli`s house to see the latest cookers displayed within his kitchen. TheWestah WG962 has been introduced for a contemporary look and the Lacanche Beaune and Bussy additions, are available in 20 standard coloursjean Christophe prepared lunch for guests on his own, signed Lacanche range cooker, providing them the opportunity to see the range cooker in action.

Whirlpools’ new stainless steel hob

Whirlpool is pushing the barriers by adding a new coat of armour to a trusted old favourite. The addition of iXeliumTM to stainless steel marks a genuinely innovative advance. The application of nanotechnology, Whirlpool’s iXeliumTM, is effectively anti·ageing and prevents surface tarnishing from stains, scratches and heat.

Seeing the difference – The ground breaking quality of iXeliumTM is demonstrated instantly when comparing to traditional stainless steel hobs. The regular use ofabrasive cleaning agents on traditional stainless steel can scratch and cause oxidation to the surface, and when exposed to high cooking temperatures the surface becomes dull and yellowed.

Maximum Resistance in Every Test – Tests confirm the high resistance of iXeliumTM to yellowing, scratches and corrosion caused by chemical and mechanical agents.
• High temperature resistance tests (yellowing) showed that after exposure to a 315°C heat for one hour; iXeliumTM resists yellowing six times better than a traditional stainless steel hob.
• During the scratch resistant tests iXeliumTM proved it has 15 levels greater resistance to scratching than a traditional steel hob?
• For the corrosion test, set in a room with a humid and very high saline atmosphere, iXeliumTM has six times greater resistance to corrosion than a traditional steel hob.

Cleaning and the Environment

According to Whirlpool’s research, easy cleaning is an essential factor and a trend that steers purchase. Aesthetically, a shiny hob is a visual delight and it conveys a sense of cleanliness and care in the home. iXeliumTM makes for easy cleaning, as food residues and grease simply don’t stick to the surface. All that’s needed to restore the perfect look is a simple wipe with a damp sponge. iXelium’sTM ‘green’ properties mean it not only saves time and effort, it also reduces ecological damage compared to standard cleaning products. juliana Sado, Brand Communication Manager says: “ln these tough economic times, more than ever before, it is vitally  important for the enterprising manufacturer to find attractive and genuinely meaningful new features and benefits.

Whirlpool’s iXe|iumTM gas hobs bear all the classic features of stainless steel gas hobs that most consumers prefer with the additional selling point that iXeliumTM reduces cleaning time and effort, and increases the lifetime of the hob substantially, creating extra value, which is essential in the market today!”

Knauf Drywall takes to the waves

Paul Walton, Knauf Drywall’s business systems project manager, has raised £4,000 for Demelza Hospice Care by participating in the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), a trans-Atlantic charity yacht race. Demelza Hospice Care is Knauf Drywall’s designated company charity. lt is an organisation that looks after children with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Walton helped crew Lancelot which crossed the finishing line in St Lucia, after setting sail from Gran Canaria 21 days earlier, covering 4,000 miles. A novice sailor, Walton joined the crew of eight sailing four hours on and four hours off 24/7 for three weeks.

LEC celebrates 70th anniversary of trading :

Refrigeration manufacturer Lec is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a rebrand and advertising campaign. As part of the re-brand, Lec’s badge will return to its original polished metal format to celebrate the brand’s heritage and will be more prominent on products. The rebrand is being supported by advertising using the strapline ‘Pure refrigeration’.

Lec was founded in 1942 as the Longford Engineeering Company and it claims to be the oldest refrigeration brand in the UK. It was formed by fishmonger Charles Purley who, fed up by the high cost of ice, wanted to develop a refrigeration system to keep his fish cool. By 1989, the company was capable of producing up to 3,000 fridges a day and employed nearly 1,900 people. The company was acquired in 2005 by Glen Dimplex Home Appliances and has worked to regain its market share. Commerical director for Lec, David Garden said: “We have worked very hard to get Lec back  to a position of strength and I now feel we have right products and pricing. We felt it was time to refresh the brand but were also keen to celebrate lec’s rich heritage, so our products will now feature a logo with a modern twist on the badge Lec had at the height of its success. Lec was created by Charles Purley to solve a probem, and that’s what our products continue to do today. Our offering is simple: We make good, honest, energy efficient refrigeration products.”