PRODUCTS & SERVICES
RED DOT 2019 GOES TO NEW WIHA SLIMBIT BOXES
Hand tool manufacturer Wiha has been honoured with the Red Dot Award:
Product Design 2019. Its new slimBit boxes have received the Red Dot, which the
prestigious jury awards exclusively to products featuring an excellent design.
Wiha has created a compact transport, removal and storage option with its
new slimBit boxes for 6 or 12 slimBits. Product development aimed to provide
users with a significant advantage in handling slimBits during their day-to-day
professional life. In the large sets, 12 slimBits with different profiles are stored
in two boxes containing six bits each. This allows users to carry slimBits around
safely, neatly arranged in a box. When open, the box offers users an optimum
view of screw profiles, enabling users to select and remove profiles quickly.
Users can handle profiles with a single hand thanks to the practical belt clip.
Wiha slimBits excel due to their slender shape and protection against electric
shock, making them particularly advantageous for use in the electrician’s trade.
The new Wiha solution has been developed based on new market knowledge and
user surveys to offer a functional solution with added value. www.wiha.com
HITTING 100 YEARS OF SERVICE
Pland Stainless has yet another reason to celebrate during 2019. The company, marking
its Centenary this year, is also celebrating the loyalty of their skilled work force and over
100 years total service from David Spencer, Martin Gill and James Annan, who have
completed 36, 34 and 31 years respectively with the business.
As is the case with many British Manufacturers, Pland Stainless has always promoted the
loyalty of their skilled work force as the most important asset of the business. Over one
hundred years’ service from just three members of staff is a particularly rare achievement
and one to be celebrated in such a skilled working environment where experience is truly
Pland products today are largely designed for the healthcare, sanitaryware, washrooms,
laboratory, education, catering, janitorial and the secure accommodation market places.
But, a growing and significant proportion of their business is made up of bespoke products
where their technical team, work with the client to design stainless steel products that
deliver specific solutions, using their in-house CAD/CAM and 3D modeling technology.
JG SPEEDFIT KAWASAKI AIMING FOR THE TOP
JG Speedfit is looking forward to continuing its long involvement with the British
Superbike Championship – and in particular, its ongoing sponsorship of the current titleholding
Now part of the RWC family of brands, push-fit pioneer JG Speedfit is looking to emulate
the success of the 2018 season, when the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team scored an
impressive 1-2 at the top of the rankings.
James Bell, Brand and Marketing Director at RWC commented: “The JG Speedfit brand
is all about speed, efficiency and performance, so we’re proud to be associated with a
championship-winning team who displays all of those qualities. We’re looking forward to
the 2019 season and hope to repeat last year’s table-topping feats.”
The 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship started at Easter, with new drivers
Glenn Irwin and Ben Currie.
Irwin is hoping to better his last season performance, where he finished third in the
championship behind then-JG Speedfit Kawasaki riders Leon Haslam and Jake Dixon.
Meanwhile, Irwin’s teammate, Australian Ben Currie, is preparing for his debut season in
The riders have gone through their paces during the final round of testing at Silverstone
and are ready to race. Road racer James Hillier was also out on the track, putting his
Kawasaki ZX10-RR through its paces ahead of the North West 200 in May.
NEW ERA BEGINS FOR OLD RESIDENCE
When historic architecture and modern interior design are skilfully combined, the
result is inspiring rooms – perfectly demonstrated at the Hotel Indigo Warsaw
Nowy Swiat in Warsaw. This boutique hotel, owned by the InterContinental Hotels
Group, is housed in a listed building, over 100 years old, on cosmopolitan Nowy
Swiat Street. As the perfect complement to the interior decoration, the hotel
has chosen enamelled bathroom solutions from Kaldewei which guarantee a
comfortable showering and bathing experience in the 60 rooms.
The building, Smolna40, which features playful decorative facade elements, was
once the residence of Count Branicki and is in one of the city’s most picturesque
areas which links contemporary and historic Warsaw. Destroyed during the
Second World War, it was rebuilt in the 1950s and later a modern mansard roof
and an annex with wraparound glass and a terrace were added based on a design
by architect Bogdan Kulczynski. This produced an attractive mix of styles that
runs through the entire hotel. Bright rooms with elaborate stucco and elegant
columns contrast with the 60 bedrooms that embrace a more minimalist look in
plain shades of white and grey. Throughout the hotel, coloured furniture creates
exciting highlights that put their own spin on the palatial style of 19th century
mansion flats. www.kaldewei.co.uk
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