Week in brief: 19 - 25 January

Published:  25 January, 2013

Top headlines
Supplier news and product launches
From around the web
Friday funny

Top headlines

Supplier news and product launches

      • Over 4.2 million* growbags are sold in the UK every year as the trend for ‘grow your own’ goes from strength to strength. Over 37% of Britons** with gardens are currently growing their own fruit and vegetables, Hozelock has developed the new easy to set up reusable Growbag Waterer and Flower and Vegetable Planter to help gardeners achieve expert home grown results.
      • Norbord’s premium grade MDF has been relaunched with a new name: Caberwood MDF Pro. Formerly marketed as “Standard” MDF, the board is designed for use by professional builders, shopfitters and other trades who need a high quality grade of MDF for top-end applications.
      • As one of the first manufacturers to opt for a solvent free product range, Sika has recently launched its new, solvent free version of Resiblock Superior. Just like its predecessor, the new solvent free version is still available in two finishes – gloss and matt (or natural finish) and two sizes - 5L and 25L. It also offers the same ‘no oil stains’ guarantee associated with the original version, offering long-term peace of mind too.
      • In 2012, Wilo asked installers to send their photographs with their ruck sack in far flung and unusual places – to add to the Wilo web site. The competition ran from September to December 2012 and Wilo presented a prize to the person submitting a photo of their rucksack in what they believed to be the most interesting – or outrageous - place on the planet – or slightly optimistically, beyond. The company has just announced the winner for this competition. Richard Fuell from renewable installation company Chris Rudge Renewable Power in Exeter, took his Wilo rucksack with him to China on a holiday and provided a photo of said rucksack both on the Great Wall of China and being enviously looked at by the Terracotta Army.
      • Carl Kammerling has announced that it has frozen all 2012 prices across the entire Avit range. Since the recession, retailers have had to contend with price hike after price hike but Carl Kammerling is bucking this trend, helping retailers keep outgoings to a minimum. It has also introduced an illustrated price list meaning retailers can view the whole Avit product selection at a glance.
      • Coram has introduced a new concept of enclosure to pave the way for easier trouble-free and watertight shower installation. Designed specifically to aid the commercial market, the ‘Cubicle’ is featured in conjunction with Coram’s Optima and Premier Range of shower panels and doors.

      From around the web

      • Energy Bill Revolution letter to the Prime Minister
      • Boiler sales in 2012 continued to decline, down 2.2% from 2011, according to the Heating and Hot water Industry Council’s (HHIC) quarterly statistical analysis. 23/01/2013, according to HVP Magazine.

      • The number of businesses using workplace relations experts, Acas, for advice on employment law and good practice has risen according to a survey of British workplaces. The 2011 Workplace Employment Relations Study (WERs), published this week, found more businesses with five or more employees wanting expert advice with a 29% increase in managers using Acas since the 2004 survey.

      Friday funny

      The Plumber - animation on YouTube.

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