Miele reducing carbon footprint

Miele takes seriously the goal of reducing its carbon footprint by intervening at different levels on the entire production cycle. As an article in the South China Morning Post explains, the company has decided to purchase the steel necessary for its furnaces from the German steel mill Salzgitter whose production process, as verified by the certification body TUV Sud, reduces emissions by two thirds. of greenhouse gases both thanks to the use of arc furnaces and by using a greater share of scrap metal as raw material.

It is not clear to what extent this ‘green steel’ will be adopted in other productions, given the high cost and still very limited supply. Salzgitter is aiming to use ‘green’ hydrogen as an energy source, reducing the ecological impact of its product to 5% compared to conventional steel. In addition, Miele intends to increase the amount of recycled plastic used from 194 to 7,500 tons / year, especially for the production of vacuum cleaners.

The Gütersloh-based company has been offsetting the greenhouse gases generated by its plants since last year, financing reforestation projects in Mississippi, Uganda and Nicaragua, as well as solar energy plants in India and biogas in Nepal.

In 2021, honey sales rose by 7.5% to 4.8 billion euros and should easily exceed 5 billion in 2022 to reach 8 billion in 2030.

Miele which shortlisted

Miele have been shortlisted for Large Kitchen Appliance Brand of the Year in the prestigious Which? awards. According to Which?, “When you buy a Miele, you can be confident you’re getting a quality product. It’s long been a reliable name in the industry, and with good reason: most that pass through our independent testing are Best Buys. You get what you pay for, too, as Miele often has the lowest rate of faults of all brands in our annual owner survey – showing that while buying one is an investment, it’s one that will pay dividends in the long run.”

Miele clear up Red Dot Awards

No fewer than 7 Miele products are to be awarded the coveted Red Dot Product Design Award this year: The Triflex HX2 Pro rechargeable handstick, the motorised Black Levantar downdraft extractor, the KM 7999 FL induction hob, the SmartLine Hong Kong cooking unit CS 7151/7152 with its gas burners and the Miele Professional washing machines and dryers from the PWM and PDR series. Each year, this sought-after design prize is awarded to products which excel in terms of the quality of their design. This year, around 50 experts sitting on an international jury evaluated more than 6,500 submissions from 60 countries.

Alongside the design quality of the products, the jury’s assessment also included such aspects as functionality, sustainability, and longevity as well as innovativeness and ergonomics. These criteria are met by the new Triflex HX2 Pro. The second generation of this compact allrounder from Miele’s Bielefeld plant brings together the unique flexibility of its predecessor with further increased suction power and improves user convenience. The jury was particularly taken in by the intuitive user interface, well-conceived design details and the mature functionality of the product. Whether regular vacuum cleaner or handstick for difficult-to-access places: Thanks to the patented 3-in-1 design, the PowerUnit, consisting of motor unit, rechargeable battery and the dustbox, can be reconfigured in a flash. If the PowerUnit is fitted at the top, the unit lends itself to vacuuming under furniture or along the ceiling. If fitted close to the floor, the centre of gravity shifts, providing the perfect balance for vacuuming large areas without experiencing fatigue. In this configuration, the Triflex can also stand upright – unsupported – which is practical for short breaks in work when, for example, the phone rings or food has to be removed from the hob. In solo mode, the PowerUnit is ideal for removing crumbs from the breakfast table or cleaning the car. The Triflex HX2 is available in four elegant colours, each combined with subdued colour elements in rosé gold and a crystal grey dustbox

Red Dot’ also went to the Black Levantar downdraft extractor, developed, and built at Miele’s competence plant for ventilation and filtration technology in Arnsberg. Discreetly concealed in the base unit, it only rises above the worktop when cooking is in progress. Thanks to a 17 cm deep fan unit, more space remains in the base unit for drawers. Thanks to Con@ctivity, suction power adapts to work on the hob in three settings and two booster stages. Manual operation involving reaching over the hob is no longer required. New, too, are the convenient controls using WiFi technology and the Miele app. Perfect illumination of the neighbouring hob unit is provided by dimmable three-stage LED lighting

Another award winner was the KM 7999 FL induction hob. The large-scale hob unit offers flexible space for up to 5 pots or pans and is operated via a multi-functional and multi-colour touch display. Centred in the front of the ceramic glass screen, the controls allow power settings, temperatures, and cooking times to be intuitively selected at the touch of a fingertip. Once a pan is placed on a ring, a colour indicator appears in the corresponding position in the touch display. A total of 8 TempControl sensors ensure perfect frying results. These infra-red sensors below the glass screen precisely regulate the temperature between 140°C and 230°C, dispensing with the need to keep adjusting power settings. This means burnt food is a thing of the past. Special-purpose accessories are not required; the pots and pans used simply need to be suitable for induction cooking. It goes without saying that the induction hob is connectivity-enabled via WiFi and can be integrated into the Miele app. To ensure a pleasant room climate at all times, the hob communicates with the tried-and-tested Con@ctivity functionTwo products specifically developed to cater for the cooking preferences and lifestyle in Hong Kong convinced the jury with respect to functional quality and precision craftmanship. The gas modules from the SmartLine series are particularly slim whilst featuring high-power brass burners. The special X-shape trivet design provides the maximum possible surface for large pots and pans, and above all for woks. With their glass ceramic screen, these elegant units can be fitted flush or on-set. The CS 7151 is equipped with a 6 kW wok burner. The CS 7152 features two burners: A max. 1.9 kW standard burner and a max. 3.2 kW high-speed burner – ideal for large woks which require strong heat.

In addition to this, the jury commended two products from Miele’s Professional sector: the high-end Performance Plus Little Giants with their stainless-steel front, offering an intuitive user interface and a design which exudes calmness and clarity.

This applies to over 90 wash programmes grouped into programme packages to serve the needs of specific channels. These includes special-purpose programmes for workwear, domestic-type clothing such as shirts or WetCare programmes, Miele’s aqueous wash system for garments labelled ‘non-washable’. Features also include two programmes for the RKI-compliant disinfection of laundry from retirement homes. The heart and soul of the new machines are new controls which allow programme customisation. Depending on the application, M Touch Pro Plus controls with their full touch colour display for instance can be set to offer a full complement of programmes and parameters or to be incredibly simple – in more than 30 languages. All machines are connectivity-capable. Programme cycles are short and at the same time environmentally friendly. The shortest cycle on Performance Plus washing machines uses a mere 5.9 l of water per kilogramme of laundry and is finished in only 42 minutes. Residual moisture is as low as 44%, saving valuable energy in the subsequent drying stage 

Miele increase turnover

Even with ongoing difficulties caused by the pandemic, Miele grew significantly with a 7.5% increase in turnover in the 2021 business year. In total, sales of EUR 4.84 bn were reached. With our particularly durable and energy-efficient appliances, our entry into the processing of green steel and CO2 neutrality on balance across all sites, Miele is at the same time further strengthening its efforts towards meeting Paris climate targets.
 
However, due to the geopolitical situation and resulting uncertainties, Miele has suspended the supply of appliances to Russia entirely, above and beyond EU sanctions. This applies with immediate effect and until further notice.

Miele and KptnCook

Miele and KptnCook (Berlin startup in which Miele has a majority stake) are working on new concepts to ensure the continued growth of the KptnCook recipe app. For some time now, the app has also been available in Spanish, alongside German and English. “Never before was the fast and varied preparation of good food as simple as it is today – Miele says –: a fresh meal is ready for serving within only half an hour, thanks to the prize-winning app. Every day, the app suggests three creative recipes which are balanced, nutritious and easy to follow. Cooking instructions with step-by-step photographs accompany the process. The support provided by the digital app ranges from individual recipe inspirations to shopping at the supermarket through to finished meals”. More recently, the premium version of the app has offered a weekly meal planner. This allows complete meals and associated purchases to be planned ahead for an entire week. Various options are selectable for the preferred recipe: ingredients which don’t agree with the user or the consumer simply doesn’t like can be deleted from the list. The app provides users exclusively with recipes which match their eating habits. Besides, KptnCook and Miele are working together on new topics. One example is the development of KptnCook recipes specifically for Miele induction hobs with the TempControl feature and CookAssist which take users by the hand and accompanies them through the entire cooking process with explanatory photographs on a smartphone or tablet. On the hob, Miele’s intelligent TempControl sensor guarantees the right temperature at all times by recognising the temperature of cookware and holding it automatically constant. 2022 will see the launch of further joint activities within the app in order to exploit synergies and to further consolidate collaboration between Miele and KptnCook.

Miele service

The large-scale ‘Kundenmonitor Deutschland 2021‘ study based on the in-depth questioning of more than 1500 consumers, recognizes the quality of Miele service. The brand came out top in the ‘Global satisfaction’ category’ and excelled in terms of quality of advice, friendliness, fast delivery and clear and precise working patterns.

With 64% fully convinced and 20% satisfied customers, Miele achieved top position for customer satisfaction. In terms of friendliness to callers, accessibility by telephone, expert advice over the phone and dealing with callers’ problems, the company is also in first place in the competitive comparison

Miele update dishwasher range

Miele the German manufacturer, its sustainable G7000 dishwashing range incorporates a wide range of eco-friendly features and user conveniences such as its AutoDos automatic detergent dispensing system with PowerDisk, along with AutoOpen Drying, 3D MultiFlex Tray and 10+ programmes. Easy to use via app or voice control, Miele says its new dishwashers save time, money, energy and water and are ultra-quiet, making them perfect for open-plan kitchens.

Combined with superior cleaning performance and user convenience, Miele says its G7000 collection is a seriously sustainable solution for any home as over the last 20 years, Miele has successfully reduced the energy consumption of its dishwashers by 44%.EcoPower Technology

Miele’s G7000 dishwashers feature EcoPower technology and precisely matching components, including greater precision of the spray arms and precise alignment of the spray jets. Combined with a highly efficient filtration system and intelligently designed water intake with additional insulation to retain heat, the appliances use less energy for optimum performance, Miele says.

AutoDos with PowerDisk

The AutoDos with integrated PowerDisk is another sustainable benchmark from Miele, the company says. Automatic dispensing adjusts the amount of detergent, ensuring that only the precise amount of water, energy and detergent needed is released according to how dirty the dishes are and the programme selected. In future, Miele claims that it will also be possible to adjust automatic dispensing via the menu, giving users the option to further reduce detergent consumption for lightly soiled crockery or to increase it for baked-on dirt and grease. The eco-friendly PowerDisk dispenser itself is made from recycled plastic waste.In addition, Miele will soon be launching its PowerDisk All in 1 Eco, a bio-degradable detergent made from plant-based ingredients – free from fragrances, preservatives and colourants.

App and Voice Control

All Miele G 7000 dishwashers with AutoDos can be connected to the Internet via WiFi and controlled via the Miele Conn@ct app from any mobile or Amazon Alexa. It is possible to start and stop the dishwasher from anywhere, activate programmes and options, check levels, receive automated reminders and even order detergent online.

The AutoStart function allows the dishwashers to be set to start regularly at the same time and as the detergent is already added, users are in control of their dishwashing anytime, anywhere, Miele says. If the door is not opened between two scheduled cycles with no new dishes added, the start of the next cycle is automatically delayed

The new and updated models in Miele’s G 7000 dishwashing collection includes freestanding, semi-integrated and fully integrated models so there is a design to suit different kitchen requirements. All are “A” rated for energy efficiency, use only 6L of water per cycle, as well as benefitting from low noise levels (41dB – 43dB).
freestanding G 7410 SC model is available in Brilliant White and CleanSteel. It features a TFT display and ten programmes including QuickPowerWash which provides a full A rated wash and dry programme in just 58 minutes. All cycles are also water and energy efficient for eco-friendly dishwashing every time. AutoOpen drying at the end of all cycles ensures perfectly dried crockery, Tupperware and cutlery while saving energy.

Semi-Integrated

Miele G 7200 SCi in Brilliant White

The semi-integrated G 7200 SCi model comes in Brilliant White or CleanSteel and features eight programmes including Express and Intense Zone options as well as a 3D MultiFlex tray which can be configured in nine different ways for flexible cutlery storage. The QuickPowerWash setting provides a full A rated wash and dry programme in just 58 minutes, while AutoOpen drying at the end of all cycles ensures perfectly dried crockery, Tupperware and cutlery while saving energy.



Miele’s fully integrated G 7000 series includes the G 7460 SCVi and G7465 SCVi XXL models. Available in Stainless Steel/Black, they feature AutoOpen Drying, 3D MultiFlex tray, acoustic signal and boast a quiet 42dB noise level. Featuring 12 specialist programmes from Express to ExtraClean, they also benefit from Miele’s AutoDos with PowerDisk for automatic detergent dispensing, helping to reduce waste and save time and money. AutoOpen drying at the end of all cycles ensures perfectly dried crockery, Tupperware and cutlery while saving energy.

Key selling points:

Rated “A” for energy usageAutoDos detergent dispensing system with PowerDiskAutoOpen Drying




Semi-integrated
Freestanding
Fully Integrated

Miele partnership with Loxone

Miele promotes intelligent energy management for domestic appliances. Thanks to the partnership with Loxone, Miele washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers can be integrated into a versatile smart network so that they start automatically using ‘home-grown’ electricity from a rooftop PV array. As a specialist in the field of building automation, Loxone even goes one step further and offers interconnected systems for greater convenience and security.

Concretely, Miele domestic appliances and other pieces of electrical equipment are connected to the centrepiece of the Loxone system, a mini-server. The user loads a washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher in the morning and then sets a time by which, for example, the laundry should be finished. The mini-server then coordinates the start of programmes on the Miele appliances and other equipment, depending on the surplus energy produced by the PV installation. If, during the course of the day, there is insufficient ‘home-grown’ electricity, the system switches to the grid.

Home automation with Loxone covers further areas such as air conditioning, multimedia, wellness, security and lighting. So, Miele cooker hoods can be integrated into lighting scenarios for atmospheric ambient lighting. Safety is enhanced by a ‘leaving home routine’ where the system reminds the home owner that the hob is still switched on and even switches it off on leaving the premises. It is desirable, on the other hand, for a Scout RX 3 robotic vacuum cleaner only to set to work when occupants have left the building.

With Loxone, Miele has attracted yet another strong partner in the field of smart home technology. Cooperation partners with their own connectivity platforms already include Busch-Jaeger/ABB with their free@home system, the Olisto app, Magenta SmartHome, Amazon Alexa and, in future, also Google Assistant.

Miele takes over Belgian dust bag company Eurofilters

Germany’s domestic appliance manufacturer Miele took out a 100% stake in the family-owned Eurofilters company at the end of December. The company, headquartered in the Belgian town of Pelt, stands for highly effective solutions based on random-spun fibres, such as materials for face masks and dust bags. The two companies have a long-standing and successful business relationship as Eurofilters already produces a large proportion of the dust bags available from Miele. More recently, the non-wovens specialist also extended its portfolio of technical products for medical applications.

Eurofilters was founded in 1977 by the Schultink family and employs a workforce of just under 160. Management is currently shared between Jan Schultink as CEO and Frits Schultink as CFO. Alongside dust bags, the company also produces materials used in manufacturing face masks and in blood filtration at their site in Pelt, which covers an area of around 35,000 m². Miele, for its part, is held in high esteem as the world’s leading manufacturer of premium appliances for cooking, laundry care and floorcare. These products are joined by commercial machines for businesses, the medical sector and laboratories as well as for air purification.

‘With its outstanding portfolio of products and patents, Eurofilters represents an excellent match for Miele for a variety of reasons’, explains Gernot Trettenbrein, Senior Vice President of the Miele Group and head of Miele’s New Growth Factory business unit. On the one hand, this opens up new business fields for Miele and, on the other hand, Miele increases its own command of the value creation chain in its strategically important business with vacuum cleaner accessories. ‘This allows us to manage the further development of the portfolio ourselves here as well, for example with regard to quality and sustainability aspects,’ Trettenbrein continues. ‘At the same time, we look forward to continue and further expand Eurofilters’ well-established supplier relationships.’

Company handover to responsible successors

‘As part of the Miele Group, our enterprise is in an excellent position to face the future’, says Managing Director Jan Schultink, who, together with his brother, will withdraw from the company in the medium term for age-related reasons. ‘We are pleased to have found a responsible and far-sighted successor in the German family-owned company and quality leader Miele, a company steeped in tradition which has been one of our key accounts for a long time now’, Frits Schultink adds. With the support of Miele this also presents the opportunity to consolidate and grow Eurofilter’s position in Europe and beyond.