Siemens Appliances updates its positioning and brand image by responding to the evolving needs of its higher-end consumers for a “new kind” of progress . The brand reshaping project was illustrated by the company at Eurocucina 2022 , in the BSH Group stand , and is based on a research commissioned by Siemensand conducted in 7 countries to examine the new concept of progress. More than 70% of respondents, regardless of income and educational level, say they are ready to replace the ideal of progress, understood as something of ever higher value and rapidly rising, with a more balanced version, which includes relationships significant, well-being and protection of the planet .
The new corporate identity of Siemens wants to represent the commitment towards more significant progress and the desire to be in the driver’s seat for a more sustainable future. The intelligent technology of its products, which are increasingly connected, is destined to solve a series of problems that go far beyond people’s individual lives. “ With our people-focused, research-based brand, we cater to consumers and all their daily needs, enabling them to achieve their goals effortlessly ,” said Matthias Ginthum, Chief Markets Officer of BSH Appliances .
Starting from June 2022, the new communication campaign of Siemens appliance s makes its debut in all the key markets of the brand and is addressed to a specific demographic: curious consumers, in search of progress and with great affinity towards the latest technologies. This target therefore represents progress seekers who put well-being at the center , trying to have a lower impact on the environment and with a greater emphasis on meaningful relationships.
Based on these assumptions, the design of the products and of the brand in general has also been reshaped to focus on a new visual identity system , which seeks greater dynamism and modernity. Also new are the colours that will identify Siemens from today: midnight blue, optical white will be joined by the characteristic Siemens petrol green . Thanks to the effectiveness of the combination of typography and images, the design now fully reflects the brand’s even more 360-degree approach to the concepts of progress and the future with a metropolitan, elegant character, suitable for unique and high-profile personalities. Consumers will be able to touch the new design firsthand in over 8500 Siemens Home Appliances stores,including showrooms, flagship stores and shop-in-shops spread all over the world. The new campaign has a special focus on brand-owned channels and social media.
The new range of iQ700 ovens, the heart of the smart kitchen The newest member of the smart cooker family, the iQ700 oven with “Individual Browning” , was featured in the “Home for Progress” by Stephanie Baltz, Head of Marketing, Region Europe at BSH . Siemens therefore demonstrates how connected cooking is evolving with the support of avant-garde technologies, such as AI, which take the user experience to levels never seen before. The iQ700 range of ovens, flagship products of Siemens connected home appliances, real assistants with digital support addressed to all consumers who want to have complete control of their experience in the kitchen, is is designed for anyone who aspires to cook according to their specific needs. Connected appliances in the Intelligent Kitchen accompany Siemens consumers on the entire culinary journey – from shopping to storage, from food preparation to presentation and washing dishes – in a sustainable and healthy way
BSH Hausgeräte GmbH (BSH) achieved its highest-ever turnover in the 55 years of its existence for the second consecutive year. In the 2021 fiscal year, BSH generated turnover of €15.6 billion, or a year-over-year increase of over 12%.
News of the record results have come at the same time as an announcement by group CEO and Chairwoman, Carla Kriwet, that she would be leaving the company for personal reasons. Her departure on April 30, 2022, was, she said, in order to continue her professional career outside the Bosch Group.
BSH grew its turnover sharply in all regions in the 2021 fiscal year. The manufacturer benefited from global demand for high-quality home appliances, its strong global brand portfolio, and innovative digital services for consumers.
BSH remains the undisputed market leader in the Europe region, growing its turnover by 9% last year. In particular, it recorded good growth in the major Western European markets, such as Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Italy, as well as Northern Europe and Turkey.
BSH increased its turnover in the Americas (USA and Canada) by a strong 23%.
BSH posted an 18% year-over-year increase in turnover for the Asia-Pacific/Africa region as a whole. BSH was able to grow its turnover by 17% year-over-year in the Chinese market, the largest in the region. BSH remains the leading non-Chinese home appliance manufacturer in China.
The strongest turnover driver in the 2021 fiscal year was the Refrigeration product category, which posted a year-over-year growth of 20%, followed by the product category Cooking (ovens +14%, cooktops and ventilation +13%). Turnover in Laundry Care grew by 9%. Dish Care grew its turnover by 7%. Small appliances (consumer products), such as automatic coffee machines, food processors and vacuum cleaners, also performed positively, growing by 9%.
BSH’s Customer Service, which has won multiple awards, likewise increased its turnover by 4% year-over-year. The approximately 15,000 BSH customer service staff and their service partners continued supporting consumers in some 50 countries without interruption in the second year of the coronavirus pandemic.
growing its local development centres in China, Egypt and Mexico, and with its expanded and new production facilities in those regions, BSH is underscoring its aim to place a stronger focus on addressing the specific needs of consumers in different markets. At the same time, regional production reduces transport routes and supply chains, thus making a major contribution to decreasing CO2 emissions.
Research and development spending in 2021 rose by €47m to €755m, or 5% of the total turnover. The focus moving forward will remain on consumer-centric innovations, IoT solutions, digitalisation of the entire value chain, and establishing a functioning circular economy. BSH’s development and production operations at all its locations worldwide have been carbon-neutral since 2020. Since September 2021, BSH has procured green steel from Salzgitter AG with a 66% lower carbon footprint to manufacture washing machines at its Polish plant in Łódź. In addition, BSH also aims for all of its locations to be completely supplied with green electricity by 2030.
BSH increasingly uses recycled materials to produce new appliances – its target is for the home appliances it makes to contain a minimum of 25% recycled materials by 2025. That percentage is to be at least doubled to 50% by 2030. At the same time, BSH set the goal of increasing the proportion of recyclable materials contained in its appliances to at least 80% by 2025 and at least 95% by 2030.
BSH continues to invest in new business models, such as the “Refurbished” pilot project recently launched in Austria. For the first time, professionally refurbished Bosch washing machines are offered for sale along with a manufacturer’s warranty. In addition, consumers have been able to lease home appliances in Germany and the Netherlands under the subscription model of BlueMovement since 2021. The sharing model WeWash was launched in 2016 and offers residents in large condominiums in Germany and Austria the option of booking a washing machine by app and cashless payment for each washing cycle.
The Red Dot Best of the Best Award was given to Siemens for its Integrated Design Hood. Jörn Ludwig, a designer from the team, shared his pride: “This project is a perfect example of successful teamwork: the close collaboration not only with the engineers but also between all brand designers resulted in an innovative built-in hood. The appliance combines ingenious German engineering to create more space for our consumers with a sleek and almost invisible industrial design: the hidden glass flap integrates the user interface in a remarkable easy and intuitive operation.”
For the 3rd consecutive year the starred chef Andrea Berton and the architect Francesco Librizzi are the faces of Siemens appliances The two collaborations, born in 2020, continue their path based on harmony and affinity between both ambassadors and the brand, which has always been devoted to the three key principles of technology , innovation and design : this opens a year that promises to be full of initiatives and projects in the name of excellence The two ambassadors will be involved in many scheduled activities, starting with the presence at Eurocucina , which returns with a new edition after the forced stop due to the pandemic and where all the main Siemens news will be presented: chef Berton will entertain visitors with show cooking of recipes that will highlight the great potential of the studioLine premium line and the architect Librizzi will be available with ad hoc meetings on design, to engage in a face-to-face dialogue with professionals, designers, media and customers.
Rossana Sartori, Brand Manager of Siemens
“We are thrilled to renew the collaboration again this year: the unmistakable style and attention to detail of two professionals like Librizzi and Berton have made this path full of ideas and initiatives capable of making the most of the dialogue between Siemens and their audience, ” says Rossana Sartori, Siemens brand manager . “2022 will be a decisive year for the brand and having two personalities at our side so close to the spirit of the brand will help us to communicate the messages and news we have planned for the coming months at 360 degrees”.
The two testimonials will also be the protagonists of some new formats that will animate the Siemens social pages. After last year’s series of video recipes dedicated to the “broth” theme, Andrea Berton will return with a completely new gastronomic concept dedicated to Future Food , a real discovery of the trends in the kitchen of the near future. Some of the most important personalities in the world of architecture will converse with Francesco Librizzi, through video-pills that will be in continuity with the Prototype The Future project carried out in the last two years with the students of the Space design course of the MA in Interior Design of NABA, New Academy of Fine Arts.
Sometimes we have to take a look at the past to plan the future. When it comes to home appliances, BSH has always demonstrated a profound spirit of innovation, continually refining its innovative technologies and products.
Here’s a brief and selective look at the past decades in the history of home appliances that have improved the everyday lives of countless people around the world.
1926: Serving up the first electric oven
Whether it’s cakes, bread, or Sunday roasts, many a dish – sweet as well as savory – owes its success to having the right ingredients, which include an electric oven, the right recipe, and a little bit of practice. And of course, life is even better if the cook can get the meal on the table in the shortest time possible. Can you imagine having to gather wood, stack coal, or start a fire before you could pop your dish into the oven?
Up until the mid-1920s, these time-consuming steps were a normal part of everyday life in most households. In 1926, Siemens produced the first electric oven, offering a safer alternative to wood and coal. It was suddenly a lot easier and faster to prepare a wide variety of foods.
The electric oven was definitely a hot item when it came to convenience in the kitchen.
1973: A self-cleaning oven
After electric ovens became common in many households in the 1950s, housewives spent a lot of time removing burned-on food by applying aggressive detergents and considerable elbow grease. So it’s no wonder that BSH really cleaned up in the 1970s with the launch of its electric oven with a pyrolytic self-cleaning feature.
Just like oven cleaning today, the process involved three steps: First, the oven was heated to 290°C in order to make the dried-on residue even dryer. This residue was then broken down at around 500°C. Finally, the temperature was lowered, and the ash that remained was then a cinch to remove. Tedious scrubbing became a thing of the past, because the cleaning process was practically automatic.
As far as ovens go, it was a very bright idea.
1985: Worry-free dish washing
Speaking of bright and shiny, ovens weren’t the only appliance that were catching on at that time. In the late 1960s, dishwashers were also making their way into modern households. Once loaded, they washed the dishes nearly on their own, eliminating one of the routine chores.
The only drawback was that the user had to monitor the machine and manually stop the inflow of water after every wash cycle in order for insurances to pay for possible water damage. It wasn’t until BSH launched its AquaStop system in 1985 that dishwasher owners were finally able to sit back and truly enjoy some extra leisure time while the dishwasher ran on its own.
It’s no surprise that the sales figures for the first year exceeded the production capacity.
1997: Fresh, fresher, VitaFresh
Is your freezer too cold and your refrigerator too warm? That could happen. After all, the optimal temperature setting for keeping perishable foods crisp and fresh is around 0°C, but commercially available refrigerators in the 1980s only offered a temperature range from 2°C to 8°C.
This led BSH to introduce its revolutionary 0°C refrigeration technology, the precursor to VitaFresh technology, in 1988. Since 1997, VitaFresh has been delivering even greater freshness, in two separate temperature zones. With separate drawers for meat and fish as well as for fruits and vegetables, it also offers exactly the right humidity level to meet the different requirements of perishable foods.
And with the latest generation, VitaFresh Pro, BSH refrigerators keep foods fresh three times longer. How cool is that?
2004: A TV that can also chill your beer
Who says a refrigerator can’t be informative?
Owners of the coolMedia model could enjoy their breakfast while watching the latest news on the LCD TV integrated into their refrigerator door. And on the day of the big game, the tiltable 15-inch flat-screen allowed them to keep their eye on the ball while enjoying their favorite beverages.
It’s hard to believe that BSH was already offering this smart appliance in 2004, three whole years before the smartphone took the market by storm.
Can you imagine reading a book while ironing shirts?
That’s exactly what BSH was aiming for in 2004, when it revolutionized ironing with its dressman. This shirt presser for home use automatically ironed and dried any spun-dry shirts and blouses made of non-stretchable fabric.
You just put the shirt on the inflatable dummy, and hot air did the rest. According to the ads, consumers were now able to read a book while ironing. Unfortunately, this BSH innovation quickly ran out of steam on the market and did not become an economic success.
2008: It doesn’t get any drier
Do your glasses fog up when you open the dishwasher or do you have to hand-dry some of the dishes to remove spots?
Once BSH harnessed the benefits of zeolith silicate for drying dishes in the dishwasher, these scenarios, as well as problems with excess water, vanished into thin air. When silicate comes into contact with water, it emits heat. Due to its porous structure, it’s also able to absorb up to 30 percent of its weight in liquid.
Thanks to these properties, even plastic dishes come out super-dry, and the dishwasher consumes much less power – an energy-efficient innovation that makes dishwashing even easier.
2010: Precision washing
How much detergent does your washing machine actually need?
It’s often difficult to tell. Since 2010, BSH’s solution to this problem has been the iDOS automatic dosing system. Just fill the chambers with detergent and fabric softener – and wash up to 20 loads. Sensors automatically detect the load size, type of fabric, and soil level. Taking into account the hardness of the water, this enables the washing machine to dispense exactly the right amount of detergent and water.
On average, this enables consumers to use up to 38 percent less detergent and up to ten liters less water per wash cycle. Life just got easier!
2011: Unlimited flexibility on the cooktop
Does a modern cooktop have to have defined cooking zones or are there more flexible solutions?
BSH developers answered this question in 2011 with the world’s first full-surface induction cooktop. With this technology, 48 small inductors transform the entire cooktop into one big cooking zone. The cooktop detects the number, size, and shape of your cookware and automatically adapts. Move a pot to the right, to the left, or to the rear and the cooking zone follows.
Consumers can heat up to six pots and pans at once, for the ultimate in flexibility!
2015: The first alternative to dry cleaning – at home
Can you remove odors without washing or dry cleaning?
It’s no problem if you have a BSH washing machine with the sensoFresh program. The technology permeates fabrics with a cool fog of active oxygen, which draws the odor molecules out of the fabric, breaks them down, and transports them to a carbon filter where they’re neutralized. All that remains is freshness!
And sensoFresh even freshens fabrics that are labeled dry clean only, like cashmere, wool, and silk crepe de chine – gently, without chemicals, and without a single drop of water.
2020: Design and technological finesse
Can a single appliance be both aesthetically and functionally pleasing?
In 2020, BSH developed the GlassDraftAir downdraft extractor solution with customized lighting for consumers who are passionate about design. The powerful downdraft extractor located behind the cooktop quietly suctions off all fumes. Thanks to innovative guided-air technology, a curtain of air forms behind the glass panel, which optimizes the air stream and extracts fumes directly from the more distant cooking zones.
A built-in air quality sensor also detects the volume of vapors and automatically adjusts the extraction rate as needed. An additional highlight: At the press of a button on the countertop, the glass panel disappears into the counter when not in use, leaving an unobstructed view of your open kitchen.
It’s ingenuity with style!
These 11 home appliances are just a small sample of the many innovative solutions that the BSH developer team has been producing since 1967, fueled by great ideas, a good measure of curiosity, and even more persistence.
Their ingenuity has shaped the history of BSH products and improved the everyday lives of many consumers – from technological firsts like the patented AquaStop, which is now integrated into dishwashers and washing machines worldwide, to experimental solutions like coolMedia, which may have been just a little too far ahead of its time.
Since 2014, BSH has been offering Home Connect, a platform that enables consumers to connect their home appliances with a digital ecosystem. This enables them to take advantage of many new services and functions that make household chores a lot easier, such as controlling home appliances by voice, downloading cooking recipes or automatically re-ordering dishwasher tabs.
The long-standing innovative spirit of BSH’s product developers forms the basis for these new solutions, which pave the way for the company to move into the digital future.
The new range of Siemens studioLine built-in dishwashers is designed to integrate perfectly into the kitchen. The varioSliding hinge system, for example, allows the cabinet door to slide over the appliance door when opening, ensuring greater installation flexibility. For the fully integrated models with varioSliding hinge, Siemens has developed sideLight, a blue light that illuminates the space between the appliance panel and the door to its left when the appliance is in operation. Besides, infoLight (the indicator that informs the user when the dishwasher is in use) projects a light point on the floor which turns off at the end of the cycle, while with timeLight it is possible to check the status of the program, as it projects the residual washing time on the floor. The new dishwashers can be easily controlled with app, by voice, or with the control panel. Furthermore, with the app it is possible to access some additional functions, such as varioSpeed on demand and varioSpeed plus on demand, to reduce washing times at any time, even with the program already activated. Other pluses of these products are: the Favourite functionality to save the favorite programs and options, the new glassZone, the Zeolith Drying technology, the flexComfort cutlery basket etc.