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Product News Archive May 2011

Roundup tops the table 23 May 2011
The latest figures from market analyst GfK show that, of the top ten weedkiller products sold in the UK, five are branded Roundup - including the top two slots.

Rug Doctor targets 'staycationers' 18 May 2011
Almost a third of annual rentals of Rug Doctor's carpet cleaning machines occur during the summer months, when carpet drying times are greatly reduced.

Countertop catalogue 12 May 2011
The latest catalogue from Monument Tools brings together four brands in one publication - Monument plumbing, drainage and roofing tools, Virax professional pipe tools, general pipe cleaners and Roebic natural bacterial drainage treatments.

Try before they buy 11 May 2011
Smart Solar has introduced 'Try Me' retail packaging for many of its solar-powered lighting products.

A Perry's customised offer 10 May 2011
A Perry offers three merchandisers - hardware, chain products and its threaded bar offer.

Shown in the right light 9 May 2011
LED Lenser has developed a range of POS stands to display its handheld torches and head lamps.

Heavy-duty, hi-vis hose 6 May 2011
Hozelock has launched a fluorescent, heavy-duty hose and cart range specifically designed to reduce trip hazards on building sites.

Abus beats burglars 6 May 2011
When thieves ram-raided the front gates at Bradford engineering distributor Dixon Hall & Co, the impact ripped apart the gate hinges. However, the Abus Diskus 26/70 padlock securing them together held firm.

Pressure washer additions 5 May 2011
Clarke International has added two new models to its range of electric and petrol-powered pressure washers.

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