Panasonic factory flooding

KUALA LUMPUR: Panasonic, the latest manufacturer to have been hit by severe flooding in the country, announced today the temporary suspension of production at its factory near here.

Panasonic said it expected the plant in Shah Alam, Selangor, to be closed for at least a week, halting its production of vacuum cleaners, ceiling fans and exhaust fans for Southeast Asian markets

Panasonic and SideChef Team Up to Offer Consumers Accessible Way to Engage with Home Cooking

Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is expanding its partnership with leading culinary platform, SideChef, by introducing exclusive recipes, cooking tips, and chef secrets for SideChef Premium users.

Panasonic’s partnership with SideChef kicked off in May 2020, with the aim of making cooking at home easier and more enjoyable. Both parties’ goal is to unify the culinary community, offering meal planning, online grocery shopping, and SideChef’s curated recipes with Panasonic’s kitchen appliance technology.

Belqui is the author and creator behind the successful food blog and YouTube channel, Belqui’s Twist.

Recipes are crafted by Belqui Ortiz-Millili, creator of the popular comfort food blog, Belqui’s Twist. Her easy-to-make gourmet-style recipes showcase the simplicity and diversity of the Panasonic HomeChef  all-in-one microwave’s various functionalities like air-fryer, grilling and convection-baking that are made for home chefs of all kinds and skill levels.

Walter Taffarello, Appliances Group Manager, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company stated, “By partnering with SideChef, we focus on elevating Panasonic cooking experiences that evolve with the individual end-user’s personal preferences and way of life. We believe making a difference in each consumer’s lifestyle is important and that is why we create products and services that integrate seamlessly into people’s lives.”

Kevin Yu, SideChef CEO said, “It’s always been the mission of SideChef to meet cooks wherever they are – at whatever skill level, on any device, or alongside any tool that makes cooking more accessible. Partnering with Panasonic is continuing the ongoing realization of that mission. With Belqui’s recipes and Panasonic’s multi-use microwave oven we will continue to make cooking achievable (and fun!) for anyone with an appetite.”

Whether it’s your first day in the kitchen, or you are a seasoned cook looking to be inspired, SideChef Premium’s exclusive recipes in partnership with Panasonic and Belqui’s Twist are accessible for you. Sign up for SideChef Premium here. If you have Panasonic kitchen appliances, please register your product here and receive a promotional code for the SideChef premium 1-year free trial!

About SideChef
SideChef is an all-in-one home cooking platform that provides over 18,000 interactive smart recipes with dynamic recipe guidance featuring hands-free voice commands, step-by-step photos, how-to videos, and built-in timers. SideChef offers in-app meal planning, grocery delivery, and smart kitchen connectivity.

SideChef is available for free on iOS, Android, Amazon Alexa, Google Home Hub, Samsung Bixby and Portal from Facebook devices. SideChef has inspired the creation of over 2.5 million meals in home kitchens around the world.  For more information, visit www.SideChef.com.

Panasonic Launches Versatile NN-CD87KS Home Chef 4-in-1 Countertop Multi-OvenNew multi-purpose cooker expertly airfrys, bakes, broils and microwaves food to perfection

Panasonic today introduced the latest in powerful and convenient multi-purpose cooking technology, the NN-CD87KS Home Chef 4-in-1 Countertop Multi-Oven. Designed for the busy lifestyles of culinary experts and novices alike, it expertly provides four versatile functions: airfrying, baking, broiling and traditional microwaving.

The Home Chef 4-in-1 Countertop Multi-Oven is even flexible enough to allow users to choose any one of the four cooking methods individually for quick, delicious foods and snacks, or in combination for a variety of fast, healthy, nutritious meals everyone will enjoy.

The Only Countertop Oven You Need
An uptick in busy lifestyles coupled with the desire for convenient, but fresh and healthy food has resulted in rapid growth in the ‘multi-cooking’ appliance category, including products like multi-cooker pots and toaster ovens with ‘convection’ function.

With four versatile cooking options that cook a wide variety of meals and snacks with precision and to perfection, Home Chef 4-in-1 Countertop Multi-Oven users won’t need separate appliances to make their favorite foods.

The airfry function, a healthier alternative to traditional frying, quickly circulates hot air around the food, even faster than convection, producing crispy, brown results. Food prep that requires broiling is also a cinch; dual infrared technology perfectly cooks foods on a broiling rack that lifts food close to the infrared grilling element, resulting in the crispiness missing from traditional microwave cooking.

Baking is also more convenient and efficient thanks to the Home Chef Countertop Multi-Oven, which can be a primary or secondary oven. The Convection Bake function ranges from 215° to 425°F, for baking and roasting without heating up the home or expending as much energy as traditional oven cooking.

Elevating Traditional Microwave Cooking
Functions such as the one-touch Genius Sensor Reheat button, which prompts the Home Chef 4-in-1 Countertop Multi-Oven to monitor the amount of steam generated by the dish, then automatically sets and adjusts the time to avoid over-or-undercooking, provides an additional layer of precision and convenience not seen in standard-use microwaves.

In addition, utilizing a smart microwave sequencing system based on the Inverter’s continuous-power delivery, the Turbo Defrost function protects and preserves food’s flavor, texture and nutrients – all without producing frozen centers or cooked edges.

Adding to its long list of convenient options, 20 auto-cook settings and 11 power levels provide the perfect heating levels and times for fast and perfect results in breakfast, grains, vegetables, entrees and more.

At CES 2020 Panasonic announced a collaboration with Drop, the leading recipe app, who’s guided, step-by-step recipe format is available for use with the new Home Chef 4-in-1 Multi-Oven. Drop ensures home cooks get the most out of their appliances with quick, easy, and delicious recipes using the full suite of features from Panasonic to deliver consistent, successful results. To find out more delicious recipes visit: https://drop.recipes/panasonic-usa

Sleek, Space-saving Design
A recent Panasonic survey revealed an average of nine small kitchen appliances are used in U.S. households, leaving little remaining counterspace for prep or other uses. At 1.2 interior cubic feet the modern, stainless-steel Home Chef 4-in-1 Countertop Multi-Oven has a spacious interior cooking area, but a compact exterior footprint to save valuable counterspace. For users preferring a built-in aesthetic, an optional trim kit allows users to build it into cabinets or walls

Panasonic will shut down a large appliance factory

Panasonic will shut down a large appliance factory outside Bangkok as early as this fall and consolidate production to a larger facility in Vietnam for greater efficiency.

The Thai plant will stop producing washing machines in September and refrigerators in October. The building itself will be closed by March 2021, and a neighboring research and development centered will be shuttered as well.

The roughly 800 employees currently working at the Bangkok plant will be let go, but will receive help finding a different position within the group.

With the move to Vietnam, Panasonic seeks to reduce costs through consolidating parts procurement. The Vietnam plant, located outside Hanoi, is the company’s largest manufacturing hub for refrigerators and washing machines in Southeast Asia and has excess capacity.

The move also reflects a new phase in Southeast Asia’s manufacturing. Starting in the 1970s, Japanese electronics makers shifted domestic manufacturing to Singapore and Malaysia as the yen climbed rapidly after switching to a floating exchange rate, hurting Japan’s price competitiveness.

Later, production shifted to countries like Thailand, as Singapore’s wages grew to be too expensive. Now companies are looking for even cheaper locations, while also hoping to tap the massive potential demand for refrigerators, washing machines and microwaves in the largely populated countries of Southeast Asia, such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Panasonic had been producing large household appliances in Thailand since 1979.

Total output will not decrease as a result of the change.

Panasonic currently employs about 8,000 people in Vietnam. In addition to large appliances, local units manufacture such products as TVs, cordless telephones, card payment terminals and industrial devices.

Panasonic is in the midst of restructuring efforts, with the goal of cutting costs by about 100 billion yen ($930 million) by the fiscal year ending March 2022. It is considering further changes to its appliance production.

Panasonic reported a 20.6 percent fall in group net profit due to weak sales of home appliances

Panasonic Corp. on Monday reported a 20.6 percent fall in group net profit from a year earlier to ¥225.71 billion for the year that ended in March due to weak sales of home appliances and auto electronic parts, as well as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on a range of its operations.

Panasonic expects demand to pick up in the latter half of the current business year after consumption was dented amid the virus spread, but it did not release an earnings projection.

For the 2019 business year, Panasonic’s group operating profit sagged 28.6 percent to ¥293.75 billion on group sales of ¥7.49 trillion, down 6.4 percent.

Chief Financial Officer Hirokazu Umeda said in a telephone conference that he expects sales to get fully back on track in the second half of this fiscal year, as many countries have started reopening their economies.

In April, its sales declined about 20 percent from a year earlier, with the largest drop of 50 percent in North America. But sales in China, a country that resumed economic activity ahead of others, was nearly flat for the month, he said.

The television division remained unprofitable in 2019, with a loss of more than ¥10 billion. Umeda said the company aims to turn the business into the black in the 2021 business year through a range of measures, including a possible business tie-up.

For 2019, the company attributed the poor results to falling demand for home appliances, particularly in Europe. It also acknowledged weak sales of automotive equipment in China.

The company suspended production lines at domestic and overseas factories, including in China, Malaysia and India, as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted supply chains and prompted authorities in many countries to issue stay-at-home requests.

Panasonic Launches Two New French Door Fridges

Panasonic’s launch of two new 551L French door fridges couldn’t be more timely. The NR-CY55CGKAU has a sleek black glass finish, while the NR-CY55CPSAU has a modern brushed steel look.

In terms of fitting in food, these two fridges offer 551L of storage space. The shelves are height adjustable and tempered glass shelves that can withstand loads of 150 kg. The two models have compartmentalised storage, with a main fridge, vegetable case, Prime Fresh+ case and freezer.

They feature Panasonic’s Prime Fresh+ Freezing technology, which freezes food at -3°C, also known as ‘soft freezing’. By freezing food at this temperature there is less damage to cells, with minimal drip, helping to retain the nutrients and flavours. It also means that food can more easily be cooked and cut straightaway, eliminating the need for defrosting.

However, the freezer can also be kept at -20°C if you wish.

The fridges each have two powerful Ag Clean antibacterial and deodorising filters, with one in the main fridge area and one in the Prime Fresh case. These filter clean circulated air, suppressing 99.9% of mould and bacteria that could cause food to spoil more quickly. Blue LED lights in the Prime Fresh case also assist the filters in killing bacteria.

These two models have an energy efficient rating of 3.5 stars, with Econavi sensors that monitor usage patterns and optimise cooling performance to automatically reduce energy consumption.

Panasonic to build new consumer electronics plant in China

Panasonic will build its first consumer electronics plant in the country in 16 years, people familiar with the matter said Friday, bucking the trend of manufacturers leaving China to avoid the U.S.-China trade war.

The 4.5 billion yen ($41 million) plant will make kitchen appliances such as microwave ovens and rice cookers, and is scheduled to begin production in 2021. Panasonic decided to build the new factory in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, anticipating medium- to long-term growth in China.

New Panasonic L-series advanced care washing machine, you can also enjoy professional clothing care at home

The new Panasonic L-series advanced care washing machine online, bringing together the world’s top R&D personnel, specializing in fabrics, and providing careful care for a variety of delicate fabrics.

For example, wool clothing is composed of natural animal protein fiber. This fiber is the closest to human cells. It is an active fiber that can dynamically react according to changes in body temperature. It can keep out the cold when it is cold, and it is not dry when it is hot. Moreover, the wool garment has the flexibility of being stretchable and freely, and is not only suitable for wearing close to the body, but also fashionable and stylish. However, wool fiber has the characteristics of “shrinking” and “plasticity” under the action of external force after water contact. If it is rubbed hard during washing, under the action of detergent and force, the scales on the surface of the wool are fitted to each other, which will cause the loose tissue of the fabric to shrink and deform.

The new Panasonic L-series advanced care washing machine solves the problem of high-end fabric cleaning with nanoeX nano-water ion care technology. By applying high voltage to separate water molecules in the air, and then generating nano-water ions, nano-water with a diameter of about 1 nm-100 nm can be obtained. The ions penetrate deep into the fiber of the clothing, do not damage the fiber structure, and protect the original elasticity of the fiber, so that it has no wrinkles, natural fluffiness, smooth and supple, comfortable and soft.

Panasonic nanoeX nano water ion care technology is not only suitable for wool clothing, but also meets the needs of dozens of fine fabrics such as cotton and linen, silk, and brings consumers an unprecedented high-end toiletries experience.

In addition, nanoeX nano water ion care technology can easily remove the odor and bacteria attached to the clothes, making life fresher and healthier. And its Ag+ photodynamic silver sterilization at room temperature, automatic detergent delivery, and APP remote intelligent control technology bring elegance and style to the elite from the aspects of health, convenience and intelligence.

With Panasonic L-series advanced care washing machine, users can also give professional care to their beloved clothing at home, and make clothing care more healthy and safe. This is really good news for consumers.

Panasonic Announces New NN-GN68KS Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology + FlashXpress Broiler

Panasonic is pleased to introduce the NN-GN68KS Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology + FlashXpress Broiler, the compact countertop appliance with the speed and convenience of a microwave and the power to crisp and brown foods just the way you like them. Together, Panasonic’s Inverter technology and the dual infrared Flash Xpress Broiler can conveniently prepare a variety of frozen and fresh foods, plus cook, reheat and broil —both at the same time. Other brands have to switch between microwave and grill settings to cook and brown. Panasonic does it effortlessly and simultaneously with the touch of button.

Inverter Microwave Cooking + Instant Broiling
Unlike traditional microwaves that rely on a pulse-on, pulse-off power flow to prepare foods, Panasonic’s Inverter technology creates a seamless, continuous stream of power to thoroughly heat for evenly prepared foods — with no cold spots — across a wide range of cooking techniques.

The dual infrared FlashXpress Broiler creates instant heat to quickly and easily crisp, brown and enjoy flavorful foods like mac and cheese, nachos and fried chicken, plus veggie frittatas, fresh flatbread, weeknight pasta bakes and more. A specially designed broiling rack lifts food close to infrared grilling element to deliver the crispy brown finish that’s been missing in traditional microwave cooking.

Genius Sensors Take the Guesswork Out of Cooking
The 1000W high-power Panasonic NN-GN68KS microwave also includes a Genius Sensor Cook and Reheat feature to take the guesswork out of great snacks and meals. As you cook or reheat, Genius sensors continually measure the amount of steam emitted from the food, and automatically signal the oven’s microprocessor to calculate and adjust remaining cooking and reheating time for optimum results.

Cook, Reheat and Defrost
Touch-button simple, Genius Sensor Cook prepares nutrient-rich foods with the perfect heating levels and times. Its 10 Sensor Cook settings heat oatmeal, breakfast sausage, omelets, soups, potatoes, fresh vegetables, rice, quinoa, pasta and fish fillets. Genius Sensor Reheat thoroughly warms leftovers like casseroles, plated dinners, soups and stews and more while retaining their natural nutrients and textures. For frozen foods, Panasonic’s TurboDefrost feature accelerates defrosting time to thaw foods evenly to quickly prepare foods for more efficient cooking and broiling.

Cooking Made Simpler
The space-saving, stainless-steel Panasonic NN-GN68KS Microwave + Flash Xpress Broiler makes cooking easier and more convenient with 1.1 cu.ft. capacity, 11 power levels, 13.4 in. glass turntable, intelligent multi-function touch control panel and LED, interior light, easy-clean interior, and the manual controls you need for more adventurous recipes and menus.

Panasonic NN-GN68KS touch controls include a Grill button to cook, reheat, brown and crisp, plus Combination Auto Settings to mix infrared and microwave heating. Handy Quick 30 and Add Time buttons add precise, extra heating time when needed, plus a useful Keep Warm setting to keep foods fresh and warm up to 30 minutes until ready to serve. The microwave’s 3-level popcorn button lets popcorn lovers choose the optimal popping temperature and time for different microwave bag capacities (3.2, 2.7, or 1.5 oz.) for hot, sumptuous snacking.

An accessory trim kit will be available for the NN-GN68KS in November with a model number:NN-TK623GS.

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Panasonic  is planning to shift production of some “white goods” appliances for domestic consumption back to Japan due to higher import costs stemming from the weakened yen, company sources said Thursday.

The company is considering starting production of induction heating cookers at a plant in Kobe and washing machines and air conditioners at a plant in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, this summer, they said.

Panasonic has been importing these products from China and other countries where manufacturing costs are relatively low.