Furniture hardware supplier Häfele has agreed an exclusive distribution agreement with Smeg, the designer kitchen appliance and technology company.

The agreement—announced by Häfele—will see the Italian design company Smeg’s range become available via Häfele’s Studio Partners, online or over the phone.

Smeg designs large and small kitchen appliances as well as other kitchen equipment such as designer taps and sinks, with international furniture fittings, accessories, ironmongery and hardware supplier Häfele to become the first official UK supplier of Smeg’s new 2016 range.

Separately, new accounts from Smeg’s appliance rival Miele suggest strong growth in the wider kitchen appliance market in the UK. The German company’s large, Oxfordshire based British subsidiary posted sales of £136.6m in 2014, a 13.4 per cent increase on the previous year.

UK profits more than doubled to £5.3m.