AMEDA call for water usage

AMDEA CEO Paul Hide has backed possible plans for more appliances to have water usage information in a bid to help householders reduce consumption and bills.

He voiced AMDEA’s support for such additional information in a podcast with UK supplier Affinity Water.

The changes to labelling requirements may come about as part of a Defra review which is yet to publish its findings. Water consumption information per cycle is already mandatory for washing machines, washer dryers and dishwashers but the Government may extend the requirement to a wider range of appliances.

Mr Hide said: “The labelling of white goods is a good thing primarily for helping people to understand the water consumption – alongside the energy consumption – of their appliances, and equally how to minimise that consumption both from an environmental impact and a cost perspective. We certainly support that provision of useful information.”

He stressed the importance of having one label only providing water and energy usage, rather than separate labels, and for any labelling to be easily understood so it could help people make well-informed decisions.

“We are very focused as an industry on improving people’s understanding of sustainability and how to use appliances the most economically – both for water and energy,”  Mr Hide said, referencing AMDEA’s award-winning Know Watt’s What campaign.

He also emphasised AMDEA’s work with housebuilders and regulators in the drive towards net zero homes, whether for new builds or for improvements to existing homes.

Asked what he would like to see in homes to improve water consumption, he answered smarter water meters that could show users how much water individual appliances were using.

Versuni joins APPLiA

Home Appliance Europe, a Brussels-based trade association that provides a “voice for the home appliance industry,” has welcomed Netherlands-based Versuni, previously known as Philips Domestic Appliances, to its ranks.
With this update, Versuni joins 24 direct members and 25 national associations of 24 countries. Founded as Philips Domestic Appliances, Versuni was made independent in September 2021, and rebranded in 2023. Versuni is made up of licensed the Philips consumer brand, along with other brands such as Saeco, Gaggia, Philips Walita, Preethi, L’OR Barista and Senseo.

Versuni’s product portfolio also includes kitchen appliances and floor care, with presence in over 100 countries and 900 patents.

Henk S. de Jong, CEO of Versuni, said that the company is “committed to delivering top notch products and solutions improving daily lives, while caring for the environment,” outlining sustainability as “a core pillar of our business model.”

This makes Versuni a good fit for APPLiA as the trade association has made sustainability and reducing waste one of its key philosophies.

“APPLiA is the perfect vehicle to promote the values and contributions of the sector to the consumers, the economy and the environment alike, creating the conditions for a prosperous, future-proof development,” said de Jong.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Versuni on board, bringing in a forward-looking vision and expertise that will be crucial catalysts to a successful advocacy strategy enshrining the diversified heritages of all members,” said Paolo Falcioni, APPLiA Director General.

Arcelik CEO Hakan Bulgurlu was named the new President of APPLiA in June 2022, taking over from Dr. Peter H. Göetz, Executive VP of BSH Europe.

CEVA Logistics: three-year storage and distribution agreement with Haier Europe

CEVA Logistics obtained a 3-year contract to provide logistics and distribution services to Haier Europe. The company will be responsible for the warehousing and handling activities for both the B2B and B2C lines, dealing in particular with the entry and exit of goods, the stock management and the order preparation. CEVA Logistics will handle approximately 500,000 outgoing pieces and 500,000 incoming pieces within its 165,000 square meter logistics hub located in Somaglia (Italy), of which approximately 40,000 dedicated to Haier Europe. 

Gaggenau open new stores

Gaggenau opened the first of its new concept flagships in Brussels and Amsterdam in 2022, followed by the Shanghai flagship, and now plans to expand further, with additional locations

in the United States and Canada are scheduled for summer 2023 with Vancouver and Toronto, followed by Washington DC and Houston later in the year and Sydney in 2024

Gaggenau Paris

Gaggenau is proud to announce the newly opened Flagship in Paris, France. In the iconic Saint Germain quarter Gaggenau brings the French influence to life with materials and textures inspired by the local culture and regional context.

The Flagship includes private tasting areas, wine bars and an area dedicated to the respected Gaggenau initiative, which gives the brand the opportunity to celebrate artisans and producers in the fields of culinary expertise.

MHK-UK Partnership with SMEG

MHK-UK, to supply its retail partner network with its built-in range, as well as other iconic products from the Smeg portfolio. The deal, agreed at the end of 2022 with Smeg UK, will see the Italian appliance brand’s stock become available in leading retailers across the country.

MHK UK is part of the MHK Group, European market leader in specialist kitchen and furniture retail with more than 3,400 commercial partners. Today, large numbers of commercial partners in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Spain are already benefiting from the valuable synergies created by this community.

MHK UK supports partners in specialist kitchen retail with a comprehensive service offering to achieve continued success in the market as well as further growth.MHK UK is part of the MHK Group, European market leader in specialist kitchen and furniture retail with more than 3,400 commercial partners. Today, large numbers of commercial partners in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Spain are already benefiting from the valuable synergies created by this community.

Fulgor Milano to launch new products at KBIS

Fulgor Milano will be at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show 2023 (KBIS), that will be held in Las Vegas from January 31st to February 2nd. The Italian company will display its products in the West Building at Booth #W3727, where it also will unveil some new additions to ovens and cooktops lines.

The innovative products of the Professional line will also be on display, such as the new 48″ Induction 7+ ranges and range tops. Furthermore, Fulgor Milano will exhibit new refrigerators, freezers, and wine cellar columns that match perfectly with Fulgor Milano PRO cooking products, as well as being powerful, elegant and provide commercial-grade performance.


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.