Carron Phoenix KBB 2014
Carron Phoenix: so much to see and a history lesson too…
There were so many fabulous products on the Carron Phoenix stand that we wondered how they managed to remember all the features and benefits but remember them they did! John and I loved this new design feature whereby the taps can be co-ordintated with the sink and we could see that we weren’t the only ones.
Also attracting a lot of interest were the company’s popular Value Packs which have been updated to offer an even wider choice and even better value, with prices being pegged at 2013 levels to support retailers and help protect their margins.
New products included two new entry level sinks, one being the new Janus synthetic range in Graphite and White, together with new tap styles that will appeal to those needing something to suit mid-market budgets.
Many of the company’s flagship products were on display, including the Adelphi low profile stainless steel sink, reflecting the trend for flushmounted styling, Isis undermounts in stainless steel, the Debut granite range and the Seraphina boiling water tap that boast 3-in-1 technology and is incredibly efficient not only in function but also in power consumption, costing as little as 8p a day!
What we hadn’t been aware of prior to our visit though, is that although Carron Phoenix is best known for its sink manufacturing these days, the company can trace its roots back to 1759 when The Carron Company was founded as an iron foundry in Falkirk.
The company became a manufacturing power-house, driving the industrial revolution in Scotland to a point where it employed 5000 people, operated its own fleet of steam ships and even issued its own currency to enable global trading!
Over the years it made domestic items such as flat irons, cast iron baths, range cookers and most famously the cannons used by Wellington at Waterloo. Carron Company could lay claim to a marketing first as it was the first organisation worldwide to have its name synonymous with a product, as Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory, was equipped with ‘Carronades’. Later Carron turned its expertise to making Britain’s famous red telephone boxes and post boxes.
Featuring the Zeta 90 Stainless Steel Sink, the Zeta Tap and the Zeta Chopping Board.