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Miele’s Generation 7000 launch is the company’s biggest yet

MIELE HAS launched its Generation 7000 series of appliances, covering 15 separate product groups and 353 models. Key innovations include adding

internet connectivity, app-based services and sensor technology for cooking products.

The firm said almost every component in Miele’s new G7000 dishwashers has also been completely remodelled, increasing capacity and flexibility and the opportunity to use Miele’s new Auto Dos PowerDisk, which dispenses the optimum amount of detergent completely automatically for up to 20 washes. Miele is currently hosting a series of training events at its Abingdon Experience Centre to showcase to its UK partners what it said is “the most holistic

range of kitchen appliances that

innovative Miele has

ever produced”. More than 3,500 of Miele’s top retail partners from around the world have attended the specially-created Miele Plaza at the company’s headquarters in Gütersloh, Germany. The firm said every visitor has taken

part in an immersive, fully interactive experience to understand first-hand the thinking behind and benefits of each new product range. Neil Pooley, category manager for kitchens for Miele GB, said: “The Miele philosophy is to always be ‘Immer Besser’ – forever better. “Everything we do is based on

the premise that it will improve the lives of our customers. The new Miele Generation 7000 series sets new standards in terms of design, intuitive ease of use, accuracy and technology innovation to deliver outstanding performance. “The feedback from everyone who has seen the new series so far has been incredibly positive and we look forward to installing the new products in kitchen studios and partners’ showrooms.”

Highlights of Generation 7000 • Miele’s New VitroLine is available in graphite grey (as pictured top right), brilliant white and obsidian black. The cooking process can be adjusted or extended via the Miele@Mobile app on a mobile device or voice control using Alexa.

• Miele’s DA7078 Aura 3.0 is a recirculation cooker hood (pictured above) with Con@ctivity 3.0 built in. Round and flat with a white gloss finish, the Aura is suspended by three ultra-slim filigree cords that conceal the power supply. • Miele’s SmartSelect zoneless induction hobs with intelligent pan recognition (pictured above right)

Tile Mountain’s latest acquisition adds to its showroom count


business Tile Mountain has expanded its showroom estate with its acquisition of Kettering- based Walls and Floors for an undisclosed sum. Walls and Floors has three

showrooms, in Kettering, south-west London and Bristol. Tile Mountain previously had two showrooms, in Stoke on Trent and Stockport. As part of the deal, Tile Mountain has taken ownership of Walls and Floors’ retail, distribution, and specification divisions. Tile Mountain said the move means that it has “significantly increased its market share and is now a multifaceted operation primed to compete in multiple markets including online, store-based retail, wholesale and contracts”. Tile Mountain chairman Mo Iqbal

(pictured) said: “Over the years, Walls and Floors has developed into one of the major players in the UK tiling industry and I am excited about leading the company into the next phase of its growth.”


developing opportunities further, with the ultimate goal of improving our offering across all our brands.” Last year, Iqbal bought Capitol Tile Group’s distribution


after the Coventry firm was forced into administration. After its latest purchase, Tile Mountain said it had become the largest privately owned tile retailer in the UK.

He said that Walls and Floors’

strong online offering, established brand footprint and positive customer sentiment, was a key driver in the acquisition. Tile Mountain managing director

Jeremy Harris said: “Walls and Floors has a significant supplier base and great customer loyalty, both online, across its distribution and contracts networks and in store. “We’re relishing working with suppliers and customers and

At the end of 2018, the firm bought the company and domain name of Plymouth-based internet retailer Tons of Tiles from administrators at Begbies Traynor. The Tons of Tiles online sales are operated by Tile Mountain and all orders are processed and dispatched from its main distribution centre in Tunstall, Staffordshire. Established in 1987, Walls and Floors has an annual turnover of more than £30 million and employs almost 200 people , bringing the total number of people employed across the Tile Mountain group is almost 300. The group said it would be targeting sales over the next 12 months of around £60m.

Trojan Baths rewards longest serving staff

THE FLAT caps were flying as Yorkshire-based

Trojan Baths

honoured its loyal staff at its first Long Service Awards at the Briar Court Hotel in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. The awards were handed out by managing director David Mosley. Also attending was his father Maurice Mosley, who founded Trojan Baths back in 1975. Each recipient was presented

with a special Yorkshire-made flat cap, handmade by world-renowned Castleford-based flat Lawrence and Foster.

Receiving a special mention at the

awards ceremony was Mick Langford, who had 24 years’ service with the company, without a single day off, and a total of 50 year’s experience in the bathroom industry as a sprayer.

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enable pans to be placed anywhere without temperature adjustments needing to be made. These are designed to work in unison with compatible Miele extraction hoods

using Miele’s Con@ctivity

technology, ensuring the right amount of extraction automatically and switching off when the hob is no longer in use to save energy.

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