It's show time: Essential Kitchen and Bathroom Business magazine's kbb Birmingham preview
Kbb Birmingham is back at the NEC from 1 - 4 March 2020. Here are just some of the highlights in store for visitors to the UK’s largest dedicated KBB exhibition
The start of March will see the return of the UK’s biggest gathering of key kitchen, bathroom and bedroom brands under one roof. According to organisers UBM, the show will feature new product launches from over 400 exhibitors, and more than 16,000 buying professionals and senior decision makers are expected to travel to the show over the four days.
Eight sponsors are supporting the event – Blum, Newform, Perrin & Rowe, Rotpunkt, Caple, Sensio, Blanco and XTone – and all exhibitors have been invited to enter the Innovation Awards, the winners of which will be announced at the show. Visitors to the exhibition, which was established in 1985, will be able to decide the People’s Choice Award by voting via the event mobile app or at online voting stations. “The Innovation Awards is always a highlight of the show as it’s a real indicator of all the exciting innovation in the industry,” says kbb Birmingham director, Mark Gordon.
With spotting innovation and emerging trends high on the list of priorities for visitors from the retail and contract sectors, manufacturers will be using the biennial event to launch new products and emphasise the appeal of their brands to potential and existing customers. “Giving new contacts and established connections the chance to see our latest collections is a key part of getting to know our brand and philosophy,” says Matt Phillips, head of operations for Rotpunkt UK. “We are passionate about product development that will help retailers to boost sales, and are looking forward to the opportunity to reach out to new potential business partners and future relations.”
Der Kreis KBBG
Tel: 02382 021 347 www.kbbg.co.uk
The Der Kreis Kitchen & Bathroom Buying Group will be showcasing products from two of its suppliers on its exhibition stand, one of which will be Beckermann furniture, shown here. Visitors will also be able to meet the KBBG team, who will be on hand to explain the benefits of the organisation, including new business support opportunities such as its consumer finance package. There will also be a raft of exhibition offers for current members.
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Tel: 07818 260 099 www.scavolini.com
Scavolini is going to be displaying three kitchen collections including its popular DeLinea collection, shown here with London Grey Fenix NTM doors and worktops, and a breakfast bar in Nabuk Oak veneer. Also on display will be its MIA collection by Carlo Cracco, its top-selling Carattere collection, as well as two new bathroom collections – the Tratto and Juno ranges, which both feature customisable details.
Tel: 01325 311 318 www.roman-showers.com
Regular exhibitor Roman is back this year with its focus set to be the launch of the fluted options for its Liberty Glass Wetroom Panel, which it has been supplying to the hotel and hospitality market for some time, but is now unveiling to the retail market. Also on the stand will be its Innov8 Sliders and Quadrants, which are now available in Matt Black, as well as black-grid hinged doors with inline panels.
Tel: 01618 729 552 www.hettich.com
As in 2018, Hettich is going to be providing a hospitality area that reflects its German heritage. Visitors to the stand will be able to enjoy bratwurst, pretzels, beer, tea, coffee and soft drinks, while taking a break and viewing samples of the brand’s new AvanTech YOU concept. Taking its cue from the megatrend of individuality, AvanTech YOU offers users design flexibility with a choice of drawer runners on a common template.
Tel: 01530 830 080 www.uk.roca.com
Occupying a suite situated by the main bathroom entrance in Hall 20, the Roca Group brands – Roca, Laufen, Cosmic and Armani/Roca – will be showcasing their latest bathroom innovations with an emphasis on design, technology and sustainability. Among the highlights will be Roca’s Beyond Colours collection, which reflects the current emerging trend for coloured products in the bathroom.
Tel: 01992 478 109 www.rotpunktuk.com
When it comes to new launches, the issue of carbon neutral products is set to be prioritised on Rotpunkt’s stand, with the brand saying that it is blazing a trail with a new range of 100% carbon neutral kitchen furniture. It will also be displaying new dimensions, surface textures and door colours, push-to-open fittings, and its Cubes wall storage systems. A selection of metal and stone-effect doors will also be showcased.
Tel: 01179 381 900 www.caple.co.uk
This year the brand says that it is going to be creating an experience on its stand to make an impression on visitors. To be showcased alongside new design-led launches that are still under wraps, one of the star products on Caple’s stand is set to be the Karns single-lever tap with a gold finish. It is pictured here with the co-ordinating gold, MODE3415 undermount sink, which is also going to be on display.
Tel: 08001 588 088 www.caesarstone.co.uk
Returning to kbb for the second time as Caesarstone UK, the company will be highlighting its most recent launches –
the Primordia and Empira White quartz surfaces. Primordia is part of the brand’s Metropolitan collection, and with its cool, light grey complexion, it echoes the character of concrete, while Empira White is an interpretation of Calacatta marble, with a white base and dark veining.
Tel: 01480 413 831 www.saliceuk.co.uk
Among the highlights on Salice’s stand will be the new version of its Exedra pocket-door system, which incorporates a linear magnetic damper that controls the movement as it moves in and out of its recess. The brand will also be highlighting the Excessories range with storage solutions created to optimise space, and the Silentia+ deceleration system, which delivers a smooth closing action across a range of hinges for doors.
Perrin and Rowe
Tel: 01708 526 361 www.perrinandrowe.co.uk
Perrin & Rowe will be exhibiting alongside brand partners Victoria & Albert Baths and Shaws of Darwen to create a space full of design potential. Details of a new kitchen range are being withheld until the event, but the brand has confirmed that the new Hoxton wall-mounted bath filler is set to be unveiled there. A blend of old and new styles, the Hoxton comes in Chrome, Nickel and Pewter and features a slim spout and curved lines.
Tel: 08081 011 429 www.merlynshowering.com
Celebrating its 20th birthday this year, Merlyn is returning to kbb Birmingham and taking the opportunity to introduce a series of new products to the retail sector, including an addition to the Arysto collection, as well as showcasing its Red Dot Award-winning Arysto Series 8 infold door. Detailed information about other new products is being kept secret until the show, but the brand is promising the launch of “something a little different.”
Tel: 01706 863 600 www.crlstone.co.uk
Having had a successful outing at the show in 2018, CRL Stone will be showcasing 1 new colours on its 154sq m stand this year, making five new additions to its Ceralsio line-up and six additions to its CRL Quartz collection. Key launches are to include CRL Quartz Pacific Grey, which has veining that emulates the natural beauty of marble, and the marble- inspired CRL Quartz Antonella.
Tel: 01256 761 229 www.cosentino.com
Cosentino is back at the show with a huge 120sq m stand this year to introduce brand-new colours across all its ranges. The new Dekton Laurent shade, which is an option for designers wishing to create dark kitchen schemes, is being launched, while Silestone colours replicating the look of cement will also be being previewed, along with the latest Sensa by Cosentino design Sensa Nilo. Visitors will also be able to see Dekton 4mm Slim in Trilium.
Tel: 01923 297 881 insinkerator.emerson.com/en-gb
The InSinkErator team is going to be on hand to demonstrate the benefits of the brand’s specialist kitchen taps and food waste disposers, while there will be a range of exclusive show offers as well as new products on display. With details of new launches remaining confidential until the show, the brand has confirmed that the 4N1 Touch taps from its Showroom Collection will be being highlighted
Tel: 01204 328 720 www.lochannakitchens.co.uk
This outing is set to be Lochanna’s debut at kbb Birmingham, and the company will be displaying a selection of its recently launched products, including the traditional-style Durham collection, which is pictured here in Warm Earth and Pearl. It will also be unveiling its new product concepts for 2020, including three new collections, as well as highlighting to visitors how the brand can offer great products at an affordable price point.
Fisher and Paykel
Tel: 08000 886 605 www.fisherpaykel.com/uk Fisher & Paykel
Fisher & Paykel will be showcasing a black version of its double DishDrawer, which features 15 different wash programmes including an eco option to minimise water and energy usage. Another highlight on the stand will be its new touchscreen oven, which provides a guided cooking experience, and will also be available in a fully black version to enable kitchen designers to co-ordinate products with different colour schemes.
Tel: 01226 283 434 www.abode.eu
With a stand spanning 90sq m, Abode will be displaying several new tap styles, as well as additions to its Pronteau steaming hot water tap range. The Pronteau Prothia, pictured, delivers steaming hot water at 98°C, and is supplied with the company’s new PB2X boiler, which features patented technology to simplify installation and operation. Shown here in Matt Black, it also comes in Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Brushed Brass and Urban Copper.
Tel: 08456 580 333 www.mistralworktops.co.uk
Karonia is back with the latest developments to the Mistral solid surface worktop range, which it says is designed to bridge the gap between quartz and laminate. Yet-to-be-revealed new effects will be on display, as well as the marble-inspired Moonscape surface, which was one of the brand’s key launches at KBB2018 and has since proved to be exceptionally popular.
Tel: 01908 285 700 www.blum.com
Blum has a range of brand-new product launches lined up for the show, including Space Step, its practical solution that works as a step for when users are trying to reach taller cupboards or shelves, but creates extra storage behind the toe kicks of base units as well. The Aventos HK Top lift system will also be on display, as will the Pull-Out Shelf Lock and the EasyStick computer-aided automatic stop system
Tel: 01923 635 200 www.blanco.co.uk
Blanco UK is seeking to highlight the breadth of its impressive offering with a focus on technological and design developments in its key kitchen sink and tap portfolios. As well as items from the company’s smart tap portfolio, its new Silgranit colours and finishes will be on display, accompanied by scratch and stain tests carried out to demonstrate their durability. Pictured here is the Etagon sink in Silgranit