Whirlpool signs wind power purchase deal

Whirlpool ramps up its investments in renewable energy as the company signed Wednesday second wind virtual power purchase agreement in the off-site clean energy.
This latest agreement with ENGIE North America will represent 53 megawatts of clean, renewable wind energy over 12 years, which would mean removing about 30,633 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles from the roads each year.
“When this VPPA with ENGIE becomes fully operational in 2023, we expect to offset 100 percent of our U.S. plant electricity emissions,” noted management.
The move comes in line with company’s commitment to reach net zero emissions in its plants and operations by 2030.

Whirlpool/ Bauknecht: New managing director for Germany and Austria

Whirlpool Austria (and Germany) has had a new managing director since September 1st. Till Bickelmann, currently Head of Marketing Northern Europe and Head of Sales & Marketing DACH, has been promoted to Senior Director and is now in charge of the Austrian and German markets. In this function he will report to Jens-Christoph Bidlingmaier, VP Northern Europe Cluster

Whirlpool Cassinetta Plant

Whirlpool Corp.’s assembly plant CASSINETTA, Italy has become a zero waste to landfill facility a year ahead of schedule, and it reduced its carbon emissions by 38 percent in just four years. The appliance manufacturer is aiming for carbon neutrality at all of its 54 sites around the world by 2030.

Other sustainable improvements at the plant, which assembling ovens, refrigerators, and microwaves, including cutting electricity during breaks, recycling plastic, reducing the use of polystyrene, and opting for electric power over fossil fuels. Employing nearly 3,000 people, the plant sits in close proximity to 80 percent of its suppliers, reducing the carbon footprint needed to transport components and raw materials to the plant

Whirlpool to Buy Insinkerator Waste-Disposal Business in $3 Billion Deal

Whirlpool Corp. agreed to buy Insinkerator, Emerson Electric Co.’s Waste-disposal business, in a $3 billion transaction

InSinkErator, which has an over 70% market share in the food waste disposal industry, is a popular household name in the United States.

New supply chain director whirlpool UK

Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited, the home of Hotpoint, has announced the appointment of Alistair Dobson as Supply Chain Director, UK and Ireland. Having worked for Whirlpool UK in various roles of increasing responsibility for over two decades, Alistair brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of the domestic appliance industry to his new positionAlistair’s new position as Supply Chain Director will involve leading the company’s supply chain operations, including overseeing its commitment to creating a circular economy

Whirlpool new manufacturing site in Bangladesh

Whirlpool Corporation,and Transcom Group, one of the renowned business houses in Bangladesh, yesterday announced an agreement to set up a manufacturing plant in joint venture to make refrigerators in the country, The plant, spreading over approximately 85,000 square feet area, will manufacture a wide range of technologically advanced refrigerators for sale by Whirlpool and Transcom under their respective brands

New Whirlpool UK MD

Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited, the home of Hotpoint, has announced the appointment of Lena Henry as Managing Director, UK and Ireland.

Lena is a highly experienced Managing Director with expertise in leading complex business initiatives across a multitude of markets, both mature and emerging. Beginning her career at McKinsey & Company, a global management consultancy firm, Lena advised several leading and internationally recognised businesses on commercial and operational matters across a variety of product categories, with a focus on consumer and retail industries.

Lena then joined Essilor, the world leader in ophthalmic optics, where she worked her way through the ranks until taking on her most recent role with the company as Managing Director, Essilor France. During her time at Essilor, Lena oversaw corporate strategy, including the implementation of commercial initiatives, in addition to leading greenfield e-commerce launches on a global scale.

Combining a wealth of knowledge across a variety of markets, with experience across both consultancy and client-focused roles, Lena also brings a strong educational background to her new role at Whirlpool UK. In addition to receiving Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering and Structural Engineering and Mechanics of Materials, Lena obtained an MBA in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Lena Henry, Managing Director, UK and Ireland, Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited says: “I’m incredibly proud to be embarking on and extending my career with Whirlpool UK, a company with an extremely strong heritage and an excellent portfolio of brands that are recognised across the world. My experience will enable me to build upon the tremendous work that the team is already undertaking, whilst furthering our commitment to consistently delivering outstanding customer care, as well as innovative new products that use resources sustainably. It’s a very exciting time ahead for Whirlpool UK and I look forward to leading the company’s plans for growth and continued success.”

Whirlpool to divest Russian operations

Whirlpool’s global headquarters in Benton Harbor.

Whirlpool Corp. is selling off its operations in Russia. 

The company’s Whirlpool EMEA SpA subsidiary inked a share purchase agreement to divest the operations to Arçelik A.Ş., a maker of household appliances and durable goods based in Istanbul, Turkey, according to a filing with federal securities regulators.

Under the deal, Whirlpool will sell its Russian operations to Arçelik for deferred payments that it expects the buyer to make over a 10-year period. The payments will be capped at the net asset value of the business at closing, which Whirlpool estimates at around 220 million euros, or about $232 million

The sale will include a manufacturing plant in Lipetsk, Russia, and a sales organization in Moscow, as well as sales operations in Kazakhstan and other nations in the Commonwealth of Independent States. 

After the close of the deal, Arçelik will continue to make Whirlpool brands Indesit, Hotpoint and Stinol at the Lipetsk facility, according to the filing. 

Whirlpool UK Achieves 50 Per Cent Reduction in General Waste

Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited, the home of Hotpoint, Indesit, Whirlpool and KitchenAid brands, has announced the appointment of Axil integrated Services in a multi-million-pound contract. This follows a highly successful previous partnership with the waste management firm that saw the manufacturer achieve a 50 per cent reduction in general waste and achieve its zero waste to landfill by 2022 pledge at Whirlpool sites in Peterborough and Yate.

The manufacturer’s re-appointment of Axil highlights Whirlpool UK’s ongoing commitment to its sustainability goals, including its Net Zero 2030 target for its Scope 1 and 2 emissions. To date, the waste management expert has already supported Whirlpool UK in reducing its plastic usage by 80 per cent, as well as an overall reduction in general waste by 50 per cent – approximately the weight of a double-decker bus each month. In addition, Axil has saved the company 1,800 in manual hours by introducing machinery for waste movements and processing.

Voluntary, temporary layoffs’ planned at Whirlpool’s Marion manufacturing plant

Whirlpool Corporation is planning to conduct “voluntary, temporary layoffs” at its Marion manufacturing plant, according to a statement issued by the company.

The Benton Harbor, Michigan-based appliance manufacturer recently wrapped up what the company termed as “scheduled down days for all hourly employees” in early June at the Marion plant due to supply chain issues.

In March of this year, production was temporarily halted at the Whirlpool plant in Clyde for the same reason