Four different products for providing smoking facilities - giant umbrellas, awnings, Elite awnings and Extensa systems Ð will be on display along with various furniture items and heaters and ashtrays. The company also has various items of literature giving advice relating to the smoking ban taken from its experiences in Ireland and Scotland.
Two years' internal product development work has gone into the new Andy Thornton catalogue, says the company, and the 432-page volume, to be launched at the show, will contain 4,000 product lines. It is, the company claims, "the most comprehensive range of specialist furnishings for the hospitality sector".
There is a move away from the traditional towelling robe, says BC Softwear, and the company has now devised the "Healthy" robe, to be produced in any colour the client wants. This new robe is of 100% cotton, is extremely light to wear, but still has all the comfort and absorbency of a traditional towelling robe. The company has also produced new treatment blankets, which are for a customer lying on a couch in a spa or massage situation, produced in a particularly generous size.
The first show appearance from a company that designs and makes timber and thatch outdoor structures for restaurants, pubs and cafés, to serve as smoking shelters, dining rooms, drinks and seating space, and even entertainment areas. It is "a practical instant solution to creating a valuable alfresco scene, whether you have a small courtyard or sprawling grounds", the company says. The thatched roofs are fire-retardant and produced from sustainable resources.
A new minibar will be displayed by Burton Safes. This is designed to offer extra cold refrigeration even when subjected to very high external temperatures. There is also a new hi-tech safe at a very affordable price.
A development from this supplier of naked-flame table lamps and chafing fuels is its expansion into general tableware, typically as a supplier of RAK porcelain.
The new Alizeé range of tableware from Pillivuyt will be launched at the show. It is made from a new compound Pillenium, which contains aluminium, making the finished product very fine but also strong.
Churchill Dining Out
The latest introductions will be exciting lifestyle displays from Alchemy fine china and Churchill super-vitrified. Alchemy Buffet, which is a collection of over- and undersized pieces built around existing items from Balance and Energy collections to create the ultimate buffet concept. Easy combinations offer endless opportunities for layering, modular display and enhanced presentation.
Curtis Contract Furniture
The main feature of Curtis furniture, says the company, is that it really is British made, using the traditional skills of time-served craftsmen, and designed with an understanding of the contract environment. There are seven standard ranges in addition to bespoke manufacturing.
Dudson will be showing the recently-launched Flair range of hotel chinaware, which is recognisable by its embossed "well". The Flair range now also has a variety of complementary items.
This is a new exhibitor, showing a range of both indoor and outdoor furniture in Lloyd Loom, rattan, wicker, teak and all-weather woven. The all-weather woven range consists of dining, lounge, poolside and spa furniture that is completely weatherproof and UV resistant.
A "sublimely simple" way to smarten up the service of pickles, preserves or dips is suggested by Elia. The secret is in the use of warm cream glaze on fine bone china ramekins, matched with stainless steel frame and stainless steel serving spoons and lids. Elia is also showing heavy-gauge stainless-steel jugs of "subtle sophistication", being balanced and comfortable in the hand.
Fairmont & Main
Complaints about cups being "not clean" are often not down to cleaning, says the company - the problem may be in the deterioration of the glaze. Not all glazes are the same, and the company will be launching the new White Diamond ultra glaze, which it says is "harder than steel".
A new range of porcelain tableware has been designed for the brasserie, bistro, and gastropub markets, and this will be accompanied by glassware and economy cutlery. It carries a two-year anti-chip flatware warranty.
There is a new extended range of Equilibrium carpet tiles, planned for hospitality areas where both high performance and comfort are expected, and designed to fill the niche between broadloom and tile, giving the warmth and depth of broadloom yet with time-saving installation, flexibility in design and easy replacement. The range is highly textured for a "chunky, handcrafted" look, and made from solution-dyed nylon yarn, which is said to be completely colourfast, even when exposed to light, water, shampoo and wet or dry rubbing.
There is an extremely stylish collection of chairs and seating to be launched from Lesco. This includes the VAD chair, inspired by the landscape of a Swedish village, and produced from certified antibacterial Polygiene technology, and the new easy-assemble Kant stool in reinforced polypropylene.
Lumea Candle Lamps
A new range of lamps will be on show, designed in response to customer demand for a wider choice of sizes and colours, particularly smaller lamps to go on small tables, and along bars. The company says it has also observed that customers do not all want a full 40-hour burn time on their wax, so it has developed smaller lamps and a smaller wax cartridge, and now has a unique 12-hour cartridge, which it is putting forward as a preferable option to tea-lights. Lumea problems are non-drip, smoke-free and easy to use.
An ever-expanding range of soft furnishings is promised by Mitre, which is now making more than 600 lined widths of curtain per week. The new launch will be a Sovereign quilted bedspread, reversible, quilted with 100gsm wadding, designed for the three- or four-star hotel market.
The promise from Mity-Lite is of "incredibly strong" ABS plastic tables which weigh only 42lb, so that when they get dropped, the tables do not get damaged, and neither do the staff. Chair styles on show include the SwiftSet folding chair, a unique metal folding chair with a durable polypropylene seat and back.
Everything from Molly Brown will be new to the hospitality trade, says the company, including children's activity packs and VIP added-value gifts.
National Checking Company
There will be the new LabeLocker, a durable plastic food-rotation label dispenser for use in all commercial food preparation and storage settings. This refillable, lightweight dispenser can be mounted on a wall, or can be stationary on shelving or countertops, and holds 7 rolls, for each day of the week, with 1,000 labels per roll.
Pacific Market International
The new product from the Stanley brand is the "stylish but highly functional" ErgoServe line which includes a tea pot, cold beverage pitcher, creamer, and carafes. This features the unique Ferrostat double wall stainless steel insulation, said to give the thermal benefits of vacuum insulation with the durability of steel. The maker suggests heat retention of about 90ºC after two hours, from a starting temperature of 96ºC for brewed coffee.
Pekalp Of London
A completely new brochure will be available from Pekalp, with the company saying that it is now taking a more "aspirational" approach - the existing Pekalp range is described as a "workhorse range, down to honest design and service", and now this will be joined by enhanced design and new manufacturing methods.
There will be a new Bevel Line Project range of luxury vinyl tiles which features bevel-edged planks in eight top selling standard wood effects, and which are intended to be suitable for reception areas, bars and restaurants. There will also be new tough safety floors for kitchens and serveries, and realistic wood, stone, and metal effects, suitable for very heavy commercial use.
Designers, manufacturers and importers of furniture for the hospitality industry for more than 35 years, Primo furniture products include made-to-measure upholstery, bench seating and specialised designs to customers specification.
A five-year non-chip guarantee is offered on many products from this ceramics factory based in the United Arab Emirates. The product range on display will cover all the most in-demand aspects, from the slim, elegant Fine Dine range, to the more robust Banqueting collection, and the unusual but very strong and exciting contract range Ska. In addition, RAK says, there is a pricing level not seen before at this quality of product.
Richard Haworth & Co
Four new towel ranges will be on display, added to the Boutique Linen bath linen collection. All four ranges are made from 100% soft white cotton and are a plush 600gsm in weight. The Bath linen range also incorporates an excellent collection of accessories for use in the bathroom, gym or spa, including facecloths, slippers, wash bags and mitts, hair wraps and shower curtains.
New and exciting presentation possibilities are promised by Royal Doulton, with the newest range on show being Fusion Square, a bold, angular design.
Secondary windows, which are tailor-made units fitted to the inside of existing windows to form double glazing, will leave existing windows unaltered and are the solution for security and insulation in sites where listed building status, or sites within conservation areas, prevent new windows being fitted. Selectaglaze will be offering new literature and a new website back-up, and will be looking to show that its frames can now be created to match that of existing building work, even timber-grained.
Sleepeze/Simmons Bedding Group
The latest Sleepeze range has a wide variety of possible specifications, which include both bonnel and pocket springs, traditional fillings, and technologically advanced products incorporating the very latest visco elastic "memory foam".
Several tableware collections will be presented as tabletop settings, including the Caterer Group Excellence in Equipment and Supplies Awards category winner Float, an unusual and contemporary design, and the Torino, Arondo and Taste designs. Some new products will also be unveiled.
The ReadyShine Company
This is a specialist shoe-care service offered as an added-value feature for hotels. The shoe-shine concept is now an automated one, and the latest equipment is available in either a wood grain or gold metal finish, and incorporates a polish dispenser, as well as mops for both black and brown shoes. The installation of a machine can cost as little as 70p a day, says the company.
Villeroy & Boch UK
The new tableware product will be HotWave Oceans, which is designed for fish dishes, and inspired by the shape of exotic shellfish.
White & Newton
The new launch for the show will be the Anya range of lounge upholstery (above), a new range of tub chairs, together with the Harlequin occasional range of furniture.
WMF United Kingdom
WMF UK is a wholly owned subsidiary of WMF AG which has been manufacturing equipment for the hospitality industry in Germany for more than 150 years. Items on show will include the Buffet Cone and Combination Buffet, the Change juice dispenser and the new WMF 1000 bean-to-cup machine.
Beside the expected fresh designs from Xing Xing, which constantly comes up with new shapes for tableware, is an unexpected product - a new dispenser for almost any cold liquid. It is cooled by using ice cubes in the centre and there is a release valve at the back of the unit to drain out the melted ice. The double dispenser can hold five litres each side. "We have been working on this for a year, as our current version is a bit heavy for one person to pick up, and also takes up quite a lot of space on the counter," says the company's Laurence Perkoff. "Our original single juice dispenser sells many hundreds each year, and our price for the new double dispenser will be a very competitive compared with other models on the market."
The longest drinking straw in the world may be found from Ziganof - this is the Ziggy one-metre straw, which is said to already be a hit in Mediterranean holiday resorts. It is also available in 70cm and 50cm lengths.