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APR 2019

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Cabinet Makers File Trade Case Against China WASHINGTON, DC — The American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance, a newly formed coalition of organizations with ties to the U.S. cabinet industry, has initiated one of the largest trade cases ever filed against China, charging that Chinese unfair trade practices in cabinet and van- ity manufacturing and exporting are undermining the businesses of U.S. suppliers and doing harm to Amer- ican workers. The case, filed in March at the Dept. of Commerce and the International Trade Commission (ITC), alleges that, as a result of unfair trade practices, imports of lower-cost, Chinese-made kitchen cabinets into the U.S. have risen by more than 75% since 2015, posing a serious threat to the $9.5-billion U.S. cabinet trade. According to Tim Brightbill, a partner at the Wash- ington, DC-based law firm Wiley Rein LLP, which filed the unfair-trade petition, China "has manipulated global production and captured a large and growing portion of the market, manufacturing dumped and subsidized products [while taking] jobs away from hardworking Americans." The AKCA filing, said Brightbill, chief counsel for the AKCA, "demonstrates an important first step in stopping the surge of dumped and subsidized Chinese cabinet products coming into the United States." The AKCA, established in 2019, is seeking to have trade officials impose anti-dumping penalties on the Chinese, whose cabinet and vanity manufacturers and exporters have long benefited from government subsi- dies and other economic programs. The AKCA said it is "standing up for more than 250,000 American workers across the industry," add- ing that the U.S. kitchen cabinet trade is "under threat because of China not playing by established interna- tional rules." "Our cases aim to stand up to China's cheating and level the playing field for American workers and their families, as we fight to protect an iconic American in- dustry," said Stephen Wellborn, of Wellborn Cabinet Inc. "Now is the time to stand up for American kitchen cabinet workers." "The U.S. has lost much of its furniture and textile industries, and China is now targeting American kitchen cabinets in the same way," said Mark Trexler, president and CEO of Master Woodcraft Cabinetry. "China's ille- gal trade practices are hurting American workers and consumers, and the AKCA's historic filing is the first step in standing up to China." With its filing, the AKCA said it is calling on the Trump administration and congressional allies "to join in the fight against unfair Chinese cheating and to create a level playing field for American kitchen cabinet workers. "Critical U.S. industries – and the communities they support – cannot continue to be damaged because of China's illegal trade practices," the AKCA said. RICKI Survey Points to Expanding Range Of Non-Traditional Kitchen Activities HOUSTON — Nearly one in four homeowners spend more time in their kitchen than they did two years ago, while a sizeable number are involved in an ever-grow- ing range of non-traditional activities, according to a new study conducted by the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI). The online survey, conducted in late-2018 among both homeowners and kitchen design professionals, was aimed at determining the activities – beyond the tradi- tional activities of cooking, eating and clean-up – that are taking place in kitchens today (see Editorial, Page 7). According to the RICKI survey, nearly one in four surveyed homeowners report that they spend an average of three hours in the kitchen each day. Four in 10 sit at the kitchen table or island and have a meal with family or friends every day, and 16% are doing so more often than they were two years ago, RICKI said. The leading activity taking place in the kitchen that designers say has had the greatest impact is the trend toward more gathering and socializing, the researchers added. "Today's homeowners are doing far more than simply preparing, cooking and eating in their kitchen," RICKI said. "Many consumers informed us that they do several activities simultaneously, multi-tasking in their kitchens, but they don't even realize they're doing it." According to the Houston-based research firm, the top non-cooking or eating activities taking place in today's kitchens most often include: feeding pets; listen- ing to music; gathering with family; cleaning household items (besides cooking or cleaning utensils); reading (either print or on a digital device); watching TV/ streaming video, and paying bills. Other non-traditional kitchen activities include gathering with friends; playing games (video games, cards, board games), and doing schoolwork, RICKI noted. Additional survey findings were as follows: • Three in 10 homeowners are dining in more compared to two years ago, while close to one in six homeowners are eating out more. • 14 percent of surveyed homeowners have used a subscription meal service, doubling since 2016. • The top changes that homeowners feel would make their kitchens function better are to create larger overall footprints and add countertop space. • The top ways kitchen design has changed to accommodate homeowners' latest needs include: additional seating, larger, more open kitchens, dedicated spaces for devices, installing more outlets for "smart spots" and adding dedicated pet centers. Designers also report a greater focus on specific zones beyond the traditional work triangle, more integrated desks and filing cabinets, more hidden storage overall, additional TVs and ensuring Wi-Fi/Bluetooth capability. Deadline for KBDN Design Awards Nears EVANSTON, IL — There is still time to submit entries for the 4th Annual Kitch- en & Bath Design Awards, sponsored by Kitchen & Bath Design News. The competition was created as a way to recognize kitchen and bath specialists and other industry professionals for outstanding project design and construction. Submitted projects need to have been completed between Nov. 1, 2017 and May 17, 2019. Registration for the competition will run through May 3, 2019, and all completed entries must be submitted by May 17, 2019. Winners will be profiled in the August 2019 issue of KBDN. Categories in this year's competition include: • Best Kitchen over $225,000 • Best Kitchen $150,000 to $225,000 • Best Kitchen $75,000 to $150,000 • Best Kitchen under $75,000 • Best Master Bathroom over $100,000 • Best Master Bathroom $50,000-$100,000 • Best Master Bathroom under $50,000 • Best Powder Room • Best Showroom • Best Universal Design Kitchen or Bath • Best Specialty Project Entries will be judged by a panel of leading kitchen and bath designers based on a range of criteria, including aesthetic appeal, functionality, attention to detail, originality and overall impression. "The Kitchen & Bath Design Awards program celebrates projects and individuals who are performing exemplary design work in the kitchen and bath industry. It is professionals like these who deliver homeowners remarkable spaces, which then perpetuates a growing demand for our segment expertise," said Paul DeGrandis, publisher of KBDN and president of SOLA Group. "In an ever-competitive time for homeowners' discretionary dollars, we are excited to showcase another year of projects that highlight why the kitchen and bath design specialty should be continuously supported and recognized." For more information, contact Paul DeGrandis at Paul@SOLAbrands.com. To receive an entry form or view complete contest details, visit www.KBDNAwards. com or contact Heidi Reidl at Heidi@SOLAbrands.com. 14 Kitchen & Bath Design News • April 2019 INDUSTRY UPDATE NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING THE KITCHEN AND BATH MARKET

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