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INDUSTRY UPDATE


Consumers search for a permanent germ-free solution for tiles to keep their family safe from harmful bacteria according to Kastus


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ccording to the latest research from technology company Kastus, the UK


nation is calling for manufacturers to introduce an environmentally-friendly, long lasting solution that is safe to use on walls and floors, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom where warm and humid conditions help germs to survive and thrive. Results from new research conducted in June 2019 by Kastus has revealed 94% of respondents


would choose to buy a tile with a germ-free protective coating, with 84% of those surveyed willing to pay extra for this type of tile. John Browne, founder and chief executive of


Kastus, said: “ This research is highly relevant to those involved in the manufacturing of tiles and has wide ranging impact across a number of different sectors. What the research has clearly shown is that there is a resounding demand for a permanent, scientifically proven solution that protects against the spread of infectious germs.”


Kastus® is on a mission to create meaningful


partnerships across the globe with its game changing surface solution. With applications ranging from kitchens and bathrooms through to roofs and pools, it has developed a coating technology for ceramic tiles that can work anywhere. To find out more about Kastus visit the


website. www.kastus.com


New NPD Manager at Kudos


UK showering products manufacturer, Kudos, has appointed Simon Donnelly as New Product Development Manager, a new position for the business. Simon joined the business almost


a year ago as a Mechanical Designer. He came to Kudos with a broad base of design and engineering experience, having worked in new product development across many industries including architectural metalwork, playground equipment and the transportation industry. “We have such a busy new


product development programme ahead, we decided to create a role that oversees all new product projects.” Said MD Mark Hill. “Simon is an experienced designer, specifically in mechanical engineering, he understands the quality that we expect of a product that carries the Kudos brand and all the process involved in bringing it to market. His experience is perfect for this role and we wish him every success in delivering our new product schedule.”


‘My Wonderful Bakes’ competition winner to enjoy afternoon tea on Franke


Mel Crumpton from Benfleet in Essex has won afternoon tea for two courtesy of Franke after entering the company’s ‘My Wonderful Bakes’ social media competition and impressing the judges with her fresh fruit topped Victoria sponge cake complete with homemade jam. The competition was launched to


coincide with Franke’s annual Blooming Great Tea party which saw over 80 of their More in Store retailers host a tea party in June to raise funds in support of Marie Curie. In honour of Queen Victoria’s


Kudos Shower Products Ltd has


been designing and manufacturing shower products at their Cumbrian facility since 1999. Their portfolio includes shower enclosures, shower trays, over-bath screens and wet- room solutions sold via KBB showrooms and merchants across the UK.


200th anniversary, retailers received a Victoria sponge cake exclusively created by award-winning cookbook author and culinary historian Regula Ysewijin, who took the cake back to its original roots, serving it up into fingers as opposed to the round shape we all know today. The My Wonderful Bakes competition ran on Facebook and Twitter encouraged novice bakers to come up with their own take on the


Victoria sponge, or to come up with their own baking creation. Mel is set to enjoy afternoon tea


at The Dorchester in London in September. She said: “I’m delighted to have won the prize of afternoon tea in Franke’s recent competition with my version of a Victoria Sponge Cake. I will be taking my mum Linda with me, as she taught me everything I know about baking and we are both really looking forward to a wonderful experience at the Dorchester.”


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