LG Showcases Portfolio of Advanced Home Appliances With “Life on the UP” at KBIS 2023

LG Electronics (LG) is presenting its state-of-the-art kitchen and living appliance lineups at the 2023 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, from January 31 to February 2.

Under the theme of ‘Life on the UP,’ LG’s exhibit showcases the modern design and advanced technology of the company’s latest appliances while highlighting the personalized convenience they provide through the addition of ThinQ UP and ThinQ Care features – now available on LG’s premium built-in lineups for the very first time. Featuring eight unique zones, LG’s booth explores diverse consumer lifestyles and aesthetics with each zone representing a different, well-known American city, location or landmark, and each displaying a selection of new, cutting-edge LG appliances.

Visitors to KBIS 2023 can discover the latest premium kitchen solutions from luxury built-in brands, Signature Kitchen Suite and LG STUDIO, both of which offer the refined design and personalization options that today’s consumers want for their homes. The new Signature Kitchen Suite 48-inch built-in refrigerator comes in stainless steel or panel-ready option and boasts Signature Fit™ Integrated Design; enabling a seamless match with any interior décor and giving customers the choice of proud or flush installation.

Also on show at KBIS is LG’s new Signature Kitchen Suite 36-inch gas cooktop. The impressive appliance features five, powerful brass burners totaling 67,500 BTUs – including a 24,000-BTU* Ultra-High™ dual burner with a convertible wok grate – which is the most of any cooktop in the luxury kitchen category. Additionally, the new cooktop is available with an easy-to-clean porcelain-coated cooking surface, while the LG STUDIO kitchen package now offers customers an elegant, new handle color – rose gold – to choose from.

For hassle-free cleanup, the Signature Kitchen Suite’s PowerSteam® dishwasher can complete a full cycle in less than one hour thanks to LG’s QuadWash™ Pro and Dynamic Heat Dry™ technologies, the latter of which circulates hot air throughout the appliance’s interior. The sleek, stainless steel dishwasher, which has ‘hidden’ controls located on top of its door, uses TrueSteam® to help remove caked-on food and reduce water spots, while QuadWash Pro uses high-pressure jets of water to clean dishware from multiple angles.

LG is also exhibiting its personalized living solutions at this year’s show, with ThinQ UP appliances such as the latest washer and dryer pair, a new minimalism concept kitchen appliances lineup, and lastly, the new MoodUP™ by LG STUDIO – a fridge with color-changing door panels (23 colors available for the upper panel and 19 for the lower) that can be easily controlled via the LG ThinQ app. ThinQ UP, which enables users to continuously upgrade their appliances with additional features, will soon be coming to LG’s built-in appliances – including the Signature Kitchen Suite and LG STUDIO lineup – as will ThinQ Care features designed to help users protect and get the most out of their LG solutions.

What’s more, LG is presenting entertaining events at the show to allow visitors to experience its products and brand values first-hand. In the Las Vegas-themed zone of the company’s booth, Signature Kitchen Suite chefs, Nick Ritchie from Napa Valley and Austin Kang from Seoul, are giving cooking demonstrations using Signature Kitchen Suite appliances to prepare delectable treats for attendees. LG is also hosting an exclusive party in its booth’s New York-themed zone on the evening before KBIS 2023 opens. Along with music and a colorful LED lighting display provided by the customizable MoodUP™ by LG STUDIO, guests will be able to enjoy delicious desserts made using the ultra-convenient Scan to Cook feature on LG STUDIO cooking appliances.

“At KBIS 2023, we will introduce the exceptional, personalized experience offered by our ultra-premium built-in appliances and ThinQ UP,” said Lyu Jae-cheol, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company. “LG will continue to deliver smart, stylish kitchen and living solutions designed to enhance consumers’ homes and daily lives.”

Visitors to LG’s booth (West Hall #3045, Las Vegas Convention Center) at KBIS 2023 will have the opportunity to experience the full portfolio of LG kitchen and living appliances.

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Miele presents Pioneering GmbH

Miele has founded its own incubator in order to further promote the development of innovative solutions from within the ranks of the workforce and implement them faster. With Pioneering GmbH, Miele is ensuring a creative environment in which internal start-ups can bring their ideas to fruition faster, well away from established structures. Management of Pioneering GmbH is to be shared by Ina Nordsiek, Director Intrapreneurship within the business unit, and Hendrik Stegelmann, Director Digital Innovation and Products with Smart Home. Both will assume their new responsibilities alongside their existing tasks.

Particular attention will be paid to promoting business ideas which represent a strategic fit but are outside Miele’s previous core business field. «With Pioneering GmbH – Nordsiek explains – we are offering administrative freedom and elbow room and a professional and inspiring environment in which we bring together the best of the start-up and the Miele world». As Stegelmann added, «on the one hand, teams have the liberties and autonomy of a start-up whilst on the other being able to fall back on the support of a globally active family company».

In more concrete terms, ideas for innovative business models, product or process solutions from the New Growth Factory or Smart Home are transferred to the new company which, after careful evaluation by Miele, are considered promising. Once there, development of the so-called Minimum Viable Product continues through to market maturity, initial discussions with potential customers and market trials under real-life conditions. If the business case overcomes this hurdle, it is either integrated at Miele or pursued further as a separate start-up founded at that point

Whirlpool not to vanish from Europe

The future of Whirlpool EMEA has been in doubt for months, and there was long speculation that the US home appliance maker would exit Europe, Middle East and Africa entirely, but the company has finally opted for a less radical solution in the form of a joint venture with arch-rival Arçelik, which is present in Europe primarily through its Beko brand.
The two firms have announced that they will transfer their European subsidiaries to a new entity to be called Beko Europe BV. Upon completion of this transaction, it is expected that 75% of the new company will be owned by Arçelik and 25% by Whirlpool. The business still needs to be approved by the responsible institutions, and the entire process of creating a new joint venture will take up to a year. Until then, the two companies will operate completely independently and without changes.
Market fears that the established and well-known Whirlpool brand could completely disappear from European stores in the event of the sale of Whirlpool EMEA will ultimately not come true. The newly formed company will have regional rights to both the Beko and Blomberg brands as well as the Whirlpool brand. And for 40 years. But he will also work with others such as Grundig, Hotpoint, Indesit and Bauknecht. The KitchenAid division is being spun off and will remain fully owned by Whirlpool.
Personnel issues and other specific steps regarding the structure and functioning of local offices are not yet known. However, the optimization and merger of branches in individual countries appear to be inevitable parts of the whole process. Both companies have so far refused to discuss the future structure in any way.

We are preparing a detailed analysis of what this change will mean for the home appliance market in Europe and here.

Smeg announces a new partnership with Emmanuelle Jar

Smeg announces a new partnership with Emmanuelle Jary
[ brands ] Smeg announces a new partnership with Emmanuelle Jary
Shortly after presenting its latest innovations at the EspritCuisine trade show , Smeg announces and formalizes a major new partnership in the kitchen world . It is with the culinary journalist Emmanuelle Jary , known in particular for her program “It’s better when it’s good”, that the brand is allied. Through a short format, this program offers videos, filmed with humor, on the best restaurants in France as well as easy-to-make recipes. It is therefore no coincidence that the Italian manufacturer of household appliances has teamed up with this expert in French gastronomy.

Haier Named No.1 Global Major Appliances Brand by Euromonitor International for 14th Consecutive Year

Haier Smart Home the world’s leading home appliance brand and smart home ecosystem builder, has announced that the company has once again topped the rankings of global major appliances brands, according to the 2022 annual report released by Euromonitor International, the world’s leading independent provider of strategic market research. It is the 14th consecutive year that Haier has won this accolade, with the sales of Haier’s refrigerators, washing machines, freezers, and electric wine coolers also securing the number one spot.The remarkable sales performance in these four categories marks a new milestone for the company in the global major appliances market, as it marks the 15th consecutive year Haier has ranked first for refrigeration appliances, for home laundry appliances in 14 years, for wine coolers in 13 years, and for freezers in 12 years respectively
For over thirty years, Haier has been a leading brand in home appliances, driving forward industry development with technological innovation. In the era of the Internet of Things (IoT), Haier will continue its mission to establish itself as a world-leading ecosystem brand, bringing high quality smart home technology to households around the world.

Amidst the global economic slowdown that has stunted customer spending, Haier has put customer needs at the center of its strategy by adapting a user-first approach and upgrading its brand ecosystem, bucking the trend to achieve steady growth through the year.2022, Haier’s CASARTE retained its title as the number one high-end home appliance brand in China
In Europe where the sales of the home appliance market fell by 8.8%, Haier saw an overall increase of 4.2%.
The growth rate of Haier Smart Home has outperformed that of the industry in Australia for three years in a row, with sales seeing a 30% surge.
The stellar performance of Haier Smart Home in Japan went against the industry’s slump, growing at a rate eight times faster than that of the entire market.
Haier secured its position as one of Thailand’s top 3 home appliance brands, with a growth of 15%, despite the socioeconomic factors that held back the industry’s performance as a whole.

ASKO had a good year

It was a good year.
ASKO appliances have been noticed by both experts and consumers, and they have been granted various awards for design and innovative functions.

The world’s most prestigious design competition iF DESIGN has awarded two innovative ASKO products. The ASKO Elevate™ induction hob with integrated extraction and selected ASKO DW60 dishwasher models were granted an iF DESIGN AWARD 2022.

ASKO DW60 models also won The European Product Design Award™. The award was created to recognize the efforts of talented international product designers who aim to improve our daily lives with their practical, well-thought-out creations. EPDA rewards the strategic thinking and imagination which goes into making a great product.

ASKO Wine Climate Cabinet has been granted a Good Design Australia Gold Award. The prestigious award is the Australian highest design honour and has been recognising and rewarding excellence in cutting-edge design and breakthrough innovation since 1958.
ASKO Wine Climate Cabinet displays all the functional elegance that characterizes ASKO craftsmanship, care and technology.

Esquire.com and Goodhousekeeping.com crowned the ASKO Wine Climate Cabinet “Best Wine Cooler for Collectors”.

ASKO Craft combi-steam oven is a winner in a consumer test in Norway by Anbefaler.com. The test compared integrated steam ovens across different price categories, and the ASKO oven was crowned “Best integrated oven”. According to Anbefaler.com, “ASKO produces ovens of excellent quality, and a graphite black design fits into any kitchen”.

ASKO Logic Heat Pump Tumble Dryer has been awarded joint best tumble dryer of 2022 from Good Housekeeping. ASKO tumble dryers do more than just dry your clothes perfectly. You can use them to refresh clothes instead of washing them – either using air or steam.

ASKO washing machine W2086R.W was selected by the Foire de Paris jury and it was presented in the Grand Prix Innovation selection.
The ecological aspect of the appliance was especially appreciated by the jury, composed of specialized journalists and home equipment experts. They have chosen the ASKO appliance for its ecological features that “leads to interesting energy and detergent savings”.

Samsung &LG@CES2023

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. are set to showcase their high-end home appliances at the CES 2023, the world’s largest electronics exhibition to be held from Jan. 5 to Jan. 8 of the next year in Las Vegas.

Samsung Electronics will demonstrate products of Bespoke Infinite Line, a premium lineup of Bespoke, the tech giant’s kitchen appliance brand with customizable design. The company launched the premium lineup in Korea in February of this year.

Bespoke Infinite features durability and high-quality metal that makes a luxurious texture to the surface of the products. The lineup includes one-door refrigerators to store kimchi, wine and other food, four-door refrigerators of extra-large capacity, ovens, inductions, smart range hoods and dishwashers.

The tech giant will launch the premium lineup in the European market, including France, Germany and the UK, during the first quarter of 2023 and will also enter North America and Southeast Asia within the next year.

LG Electronics will emphasize minimalist aesthetics in its home appliances to be launched next year. The company will exhibit refrigerators, washing machines, clothes dryers, ranges and dishwashers with simple designs at the electronics show.During the next edition of CES (Las Vegas, January 5-8), LG will present the new InstaView™ French-Door refrigerator. The company’s new, 25.5-cubic feet counter-depth refrigerator offers a generous capacity, despite a nine percent reduction in depth compared to a conventional French-Door model. To increase internal storage space, LG redesigned several of the fridge’s core components – slimming-down the cold air duct and the evaporator, while also reducing thickness by applying enhanced insulation. Although its expansive interior provides 25 percent more room for storing food and drinks than LG’s previous counter-depth models, the new French-Door can still help to save space in the kitchen thanks to its smaller footprint.
LG’s new InstaView French-Door refrigerator – said Lyu Jae-cheol, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company – makes a superb, stylish addition to any modern kitchen, offering consumers the ultimate in convenience, design and food freshness. We will continue to deliver outstanding customer value and experiences with innovative home solutions leveraging elegant, functional design and our advanced technologies.

The new model is bordered in sleek stainless steel, while the mirror-coated glass of the seamless InstaView panel covers almost the entire right-hand door of the refrigerator. Just by knocking twice on the panel, users can check inside without having to open the door. The subtle, minimalist beauty and clean, modern lines of LG’s latest InstaView are further enhanced by the discrete pocket handles applied to the fridge’s ‘flat’ doors.


Saudi Arabia’s UMG partners with Hisense to bring Chinese consumer brands into Kingdom

UMG will now be an officially appointed distributor of Hisense products and will support the brand with warehousing, after-sales services and develop retail space for sales, according to a press release.

The partnership agreement was signed by Jason Ou, Hisense president of the Middle East and Africa, and Adnan Matbouli, chairman of UMG.

“Our partnership with UMG underlines our dedication to expand in the regional markets, increase our availability and provide the best brand experience to our customers as well as business partners,” said Ou.

He added: “We look forward to working together with UMG, driving on each other’s strengths and expertise with an intention of growth and sustainability in the market.”

Matbouli said that this partnership is a part of their strategy to bring top-quality electronic products to Saudi Arabia.

“As an official distributor of Hisense’s home appliance and entertainment segment in the country, we provide assurance in supporting with unparalleled accessibility to expand in the market, better service in after-sales, provision to spare parts, and warehousing to meet the business as well as consumer needs,” said Matbouli.

Established in the early 1990s, UMG has become one of the known names in the Kingdom’s consumer electronics market, with a network of 11 branches, warehousing facilities, 11 service centers, a fleet of vehicles and 23 brand shops in the Kingdom.

UMG became the sole distributor for Samsung Consumer Electronics in 1991, followed by the Italian home appliance brand, Tecnogas, with which it signed an agency agreement in 2013.

Headquartered in Qingdao, China. Hisense exports products to over 160 countries, with three listed companies – Hisense Visual Technology, Hisense Home Appliances and SANDEN listed in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Tokyo stock exchanges.

Elica success story

Elica is today the global leader in the sector of kitchen extractor hoods. They have managed to record numbers

Elica has achieved the right mix of financial soundness and Italian design & innovation soul:

✔️ we are expecting to close 2022 with incremental revenues and margin, in spite of inflation, geopolitical tensions and weak demand,

✔️ Elica are back to a sustainable long term dividend distribution plan aimed at preserving strategic investments and external growth,

✔️ looking for new M&A or joint venture opportunities to grow their cooking business,

✔️ Elica are leading the ecological transition in the HVAC industry with their BU Motors EMC FIME (representing 25% of the Group’s turnover, with a 30% growth rate).

Year after year, Elica have been expanding our value proposition and increasing their innovation rate, proving vision and resilience even in uncertain times.