Sirius appoints Marion Morton as Head of Commercial

Sirius Buying Group is pleased to announce the expansion of its retail support and services through the appointment of industry expert, Marion Morton as Head of Commercial: 1st February 2023.Ms Morton will be engaging with members and suppliers on all aspects of group business planning, building on both current and new initiatives. She will be responsible for overseeing and supporting the commercial strategies within the Group,

Whirlpool: disappointing data

Whirlpool Corporation reported data from a disappointing fourth quarter during which sales fell 15.3% from 5.8 to 4.9 billion (-15%) with a loss of 1.6 billion due to weak demand only partially offset by a more favorable price mix (demand was directed towards higher-end products) and by the increase in prices

Full-year 2022 sales fell 10.3% from $22 billion to $19.7 billion, a loss of $1.52 billion versus a profit of $1.8 billion in 2021, or nearly $7 per share .

In Emea the turnover collapses but without losses.
Sales in EMEA fell by 27% from $1.4 billion to $1.0 billion (also depressed by the fall in the euro against the greenback: in local currencies the decline was 18%) with a small loss however 4 million dollars.It was unclear whether Whirlpool expects any cash proceeds from the transaction that transferred Whirlpool’s EMEA operations to Beko Europe

Electrolux to discontinue production at Nyíregyháza factory in Hungary

Electrolux has decided to discontinue production at the Nyíregyháza factory in Hungary from the beginning of 2024. The company will take a restructuring charge of approximately SEK 550 million which will be reported as a non-recurring item affecting operating income for Business Area Europe in the first quarter of 2023.

The decision follows a review of production capacity needs including an investigation into the competitiveness of the Nyíregyháza factory, which employs around 650 people and manufactures refrigeration products. The strategic direction is to optimize the refrigeration production footprint from a cost perspective through both outsourcing and own-production leveraging Group scale.

The decision means that remaining investments in refrigeration products that are part of the earlier communicated global re-engineering investments of SEK 8 billion, which started in 2018, will be revised and redirected in line with the strategic direction of Electrolux.

Electrolux is exploring possibilities to divest the factory in Nyíregyháza and is committed to collaborating with relevant authorities and stakeholders to support its employees in the best possible way during this phase.

The cash flow impact is estimated to be approximately SEK 300 million, mainly in 2024-2025. The final operating income and cash flow effects will be determined by the exchange rate on the relevant recording dates.

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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Vorwerk’s Kobold VK7 mop-vacuum awarded “Product of the Year 2023”

German household appliance manufacturer Vorwerk  :  its Kobold VK7 multifunction vacuum cleaner -scrubber has received the “Voted Product of the Year” label, which can be affixed to the product box.

Kobold VK7 was reviewed by more than 15,000 consumers , against several competitors, via the research company NielsenIQ. Several criteria were then taken into account, including its  attractiveness , the consumer’s intention to buy  and his perception of the product as an innovation . Products with an above-average rating moved on to a real-life test: the Kobold VK7 was tried and judged by 120 families , who were satisfied.  

For just under €1450, the VK7 prides itself on being cordless , light (about 2kg) and efficient : it can wash 60m² in 10 minutes  thanks to its 2 suction outlets accompanied by a microfiber cloth. The device is also suitable for people with allergies, thanks to its filter bag capturing 99.99% of dust and allergens, according to the German inspection company TÜV Nord. Vorwerk ensures that the VK7 is suitable for all hard floors and offers a 5-year warranty on the device.

This is not the first time that the company has seen one of its products voted “Product of the Year”. Its renowned Thermomix TM6  had already received this label in 2020. The following year, it was the previous iteration of the Kobold vacuum cleaner that had been awarded.

Appliances become trillion euro market

Appliances market size will grow reach over a trillion euros ($1.096 trillion) by the year 2030, according to a study by Precedence Research. But what are the key drivers for this market growth in the years to come?
A number of Technological advancements have been identified in the study as key reasons why the global household appliances market is expected to grow so much in the next seven years. Precedence Research cites the proliferation of digital technologies, as well as heightened investment from industry leaders in developing innovative appliances and services, as drivers for market growth.

New technologies emerging in the household appliance industry, such as robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and the internet of things, were listed as more causes for the market growing to over a trillion euros by 2030.

Developments within e-commerce, predicted to be the fastest-growing segment for household appliances, were also cited as drivers for market growth. E-commerce channels are seen to be enjoying an increase in sales of household appliances, due to the growing influence of e-commerce platforms, as well as wider availability of smartphones and the internet.

Refrigerators were noted as being the most in-demand household appliance, as well as the main driver of growth in terms of market segments. The report suggests that in the coming years, demand for refrigerators will partly be driven by the availability of different types of product, based on size, door and additional functions.

Precedence Research states that the Asia Pacific region is the most dominant in terms of household appliance revenue, with the area being the base for industry leaders such as LG, Panasonic and Samsun

EuroChef USA To Be Exclusive US Importer Of Lofra

Lofra Italy has announced its partnership with EuroChef USA as the exclusive US importer of the brand’s kitchen appliances. Lofra has been manufacturing high-quality Italian home appliances since 1956. Designed and manufactured in the hills around the city of Padua, each Lofra appliance is carefully designed and built with the high-quality standards of a “Made in Italy” brand.

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 shares

Whirlpool shares gained more than 1.9% in extended trading after the appliance maker shared strong guidance for the year. Fourth-quarter revenue came in at $4.92 billion, slightly behind the $5.07 billion expected by analysts, according to FactSet. The home appliances company also announced its chief operating officer would transition to an advisory role and then leave the company.

Teka triumphs triple at the 2023 Product of the Year Awards

Teka, specializing in comprehensive solutions for the kitchen, has received three awards from the only contest in Spain where consumers annually choose the best innovations on the market, the Product of the Year Awards 2023. After an exhaustive study of more than 10,000 people representative of the Spanish population, After an exhaustive study of more than 10,000 people representing the Spanish population, the Product of the Year organization has awarded Teka in three of its main categories for MasterSense Air inductions, Gourmet BBQ barbecues and Sommelier wine bars.

Teka and the Product of the Year Awards
One of the awards has been received for the MasterSense Air induction, which combines a hood and induction hob in one and includes direct access and intelligent cooking functions. Thanks to its automatic system and temperature sensors, MasterSense Air allows the user to only have to choose a cooking function, for its part, the hob automatically reaches and maintains the temperature necessary to cook the selected recipe. In addition, the hood is also capable of starting automatically and adapting its intensity to the power required at all times.

The  have also stood out in this contest for their innovation. Its PerfectTemp technology creates up to three independent temperature zones so that we can store red, white and sparkling wine in one place, maintaining the properties of each of them. In addition, it is important that said temperature remains stable, so the SmartControl system prevents it from fluctuating by more than 1º. For its part, the innovative SurroundAir cooling system evenly distributes cold air to maintain a constant and homogeneous temperature throughout the interior. The Sommelier Series is designed to maintain all the flavor of the wine, and for this, it incorporates the HumidityControl system, which guarantees the right level of humidity, between 55% and 75%, thus preventing the cork from drying out and preserving its quality.

the Gourmet BBQ gas barbecue models have also received the Product of the Year seal. Gourmet BBQ has an ultra-fast automatic electronic ignition, non-stick cast iron grills and a grid for the perfect distribution of heat over the food. Not only is cooking very comfortable, thanks to its large cooking surface, but also its subsequent cleaning, since the tray located under the grill can be removed.