New Haier dishwasher factory

The first dishwasher of Haier Chongqing coming off the production line in Jiangbei Gangcheng Industrial Park, the world’s first dishwasher smart factory with an annual design capacity of 1 million dishwashers and an estimated annual output value of 2 billion yuan was officially put into operation.

Ebac Launches Podcast SeriesLaunches Podcast Series

John Elliott MBE, has launched a podcast series to share and discuss how some of the best organisational techniques used in manufacturing and business can be applied for greater success.

John, whose company Ebac is the UK’s only washing machine manufacturer, is talking to people involved in business and public life in the ‘Spot On!’ podcast.Anyone wanting to get involved can contact the show here https://www.spotonwithjohnelliott.com/appear

Whirlpool signs wind power purchase deal

Whirlpool ramps up its investments in renewable energy as the company signed Wednesday second wind virtual power purchase agreement in the off-site clean energy.
This latest agreement with ENGIE North America will represent 53 megawatts of clean, renewable wind energy over 12 years, which would mean removing about 30,633 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles from the roads each year.
“When this VPPA with ENGIE becomes fully operational in 2023, we expect to offset 100 percent of our U.S. plant electricity emissions,” noted management.
The move comes in line with company’s commitment to reach net zero emissions in its plants and operations by 2030.

Electrolux cost reduction program

Electrolux is initiating a cost reduction program on the back of weaker-than-expected market demand and weak earnings in the third quarter. The cost measures are expected to result in a material positive earnings contribution in 2023. In combination with supply chain imbalances resulting in significant production inefficiencies and increased costs, the third quarter earnings for the Group are expected to decline significantly compared to the second quarter 2022 also excluding the one-time cost to exit the Russia market. This has been driven mainly by Europe and North America. Business Area North America is expected to report an operating loss in the third quarter exceeding the loss in the second quarter.

Since market demand for 2023 is expected to continue to be weak in both regions, the Board of Electrolux has decided to initiate a Group-wide cost reduction program addressing both variable and structural costs. The program, which starts immediately, will focus on reducing variable costs, with special attention to eliminating cost inefficiencies in the company supply chain and production. The structural cost reductions will primarily take place in Europe and North America and include prioritization and efficiency measures leveraging recent organizational changes. The measures include increasing productivity in operations as well as optimizing the R&D portfolio, administration, sales and marketing activities.

In business area North America, the strategy to strengthen and broaden Electrolux product offering with consumer experience innovations remains. However, the production transformation with two new facilities and several new product platforms, in combination with the particularly challenging supply chain conditions in the region, require additional measures to return to stability and profitability. A turnaround program will therefore be conducted under the leadership of Ricardo Cons, who has been appointed new Head of Business Area North America. Ricardo Cons has successfully led the transformation of the Electrolux business in Latin America over the last six years. He succeeds Nolan Pike, who takes up a new position continuing to report to Anna Ohlsson-Leijon. A new leader of Electrolux Latin America is anticipated to be appointed shortly.

Largest acquisition in the history of Ariston Group :

This is the largest acquisition in the history of Ariston Group : 703 million euros in cash and approximately 41.42 million shares for a value of approximately 300 million, for 100% of the capital of the German Centrotec Climate System. particular thanks to the brands Wolf, Brink, Pro-Klima and Ned Air, specialized in the supply of solutions for heating, ventilation and air treatment and solutions for the combined generation of heat and energy. “Wolf is a pioneer brand in the sector –

specializing in new generation heat pumps, while Blink, a Dutch brand, is active in the production of devices for domestic ventilation, a sector that is still a niche sector that concerns in particular thermally insulated buildings, those with zero emissions of the new generation that still need a change of air and that are moving from the use of fossil fuel to that of renewable energy.

Liebherr focused on energy efficiency

LiebherrAppliances will remain focused on energy efficiency at the 2022 Kuechenmeile kitchen fair.
Visit this exhibition to see the latest energy-efficient integrated and freestanding appliances – all equipped with the latest freshness technologies. In addition, innovative technology such as BluRoX makes it possible for freezers to meet “A” and “B” energy classes for the first time. BluRoX technology is not only energy efficient but also allows for larger interior volume and effective resource protection due to the circular properties of the perlite.

Additionally, the launch of the new AutoDoor feature was designed especially for fully integrated appliances – the first refrigerators and freezers in the world to open and close fully automatically, helping preserve energy. You only need a light knock, a voice command, or the tap of your smart device app to open the door, and not just a little – but completely. Ninety degrees!

GE record production

Decatur’s GE Appliances plant had record production in 2020 and 2021 and is expecting another record year in 2022 after a 2020 expansion increased its capacity and allowed it to hire hundreds of new employees.

According to Leifje Dighton, executive director of the Decatur plant since March, the top-freezer refrigerator plant in 2020 completed a $125 million expansion which boosted production capacity by 25%.

“The investment came just in time as people were beginning to stay at home because of the pandemic and needed refrigerators and other appliances,” Dighton said. “We had a record production in 2020 with our second highest year in 2021. While the appliance industry is down this year, Decatur is on track to have another strong year with production at similar levels to 2020 and 2021.”The 2020 expansion included adding 40,000 square feet to the plant. Dighton said the extra space has been beneficial.The expansion investment allowed the plant to add 255 jobs. The plant now employs 1,500 people after adding a third shift.

“We are the largest single-site employer in this county,” Dighton said.

The expansion allowed the plant to produce two new models, the 19- and 22-cubic-foot refrigerators, in addition to the 16-, 17- and 18-cubic-foot models it already produced.We introduced a new refrigerant to our products, too, that from a greenhouse emissions standpoint was much better. We did it earlier than the industry was going to expect it,” Dighton said.

Wood said the Decatur plant sells in all 50 states and sells some products in Canada.

“We sell to national retailers such as Lowe’s, The Home Depot and Best Buy as well as independent appliance dealers, home builders and property management companies,” she said.

Dighton said GE Appliances, a 100-year-old manufacturer, is part of the largest appliance company in the world and GE appliances are in half of the homes in the U.S. In 2016, GE Appliances was acquired by the Haier Group

Electrolux: investments in Italy are “under review”

Electrolux announced it to the unions: The plan of at least 70 million euros planned for the Italian plants, in particular that of Solaro (dishwasher) “is under review”. The plan was announced in July by head of HT Ruben Campagner and included 600 new jobs The Swedish multinational, which in Italy has about 5,000 employees between Porcia (washing), Susegana (cooling), Forlì (ovens and hobs), Solaro (dishwashers) and Cerreto d’Esi (hoods), should have met the trade unions at the summit of national coordination on 31 August to discuss the operating methods of the announced investment in Solaro for the new dishwasher facility.

LG JOINS HOME CONNECTIVITY ALLIANCE TO EXPAND THE FUTURE OF SMART HOME EXPERIENC

LG Electronics (LG) has been named to the Board of Directors of the Home Connectivity Alliance (HCA), an organization dedicated to delivering better smart home experiences through open collaboration and innovation

Founded in 2022 and comprising a number of smart home solution manufacturers, the alliance aims to provide a safe, secure and interoperable connected home ecosystem. In addition to LG, its membership includes about 13 global brands including Samsung, Arçelik, Electrolux, Haier, GE Appliances, and Trane Technologies. The alliance seeks to enable seamless compatibility of diverse devices and services from different brands through developing and implementing guidelines for Cloud-to-Cloud (C2C) interoperability.

As a board member of the alliance, LG will soon bring its customers the convenience of being able to control and monitor other alliance members’ smart home solutions from using the LG ThinQ app.