By Lisa Johnston
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A refrigerant recovery certification program study guide, sponsored by the North American Retail Dealers Association (NARDA) and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), is now available online.
According to the trade groups, the program, approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), offers a "convenient, affordable, and thorough self-study course" designed especially for technicians who recover refrigerant from appliances grouped as Type I by the EPA.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Sluggish sales of microwave ovens and room air conditioners helped drag factory shipments of major appliances down by 6.7 percent in July, compared to the period last year.
According to the monthly tally of wholesale sales compiled by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), shipments fell to 4.2 million units from 4.5 million in July 2000. Year-to-date, shipments dropped 7.1 percent to 37.4 million units.
The Smart Appliance Task Force of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) will likely complete its mission to develop a partial home-appliance network standard in the first quarter.
That's when it hopes to publish a generic standard that is only a first step toward the potential goal of inter-brand interoperability.
Buoyed by a successful first half for appliance sales, industry execs were in a good mood at the recent Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers meeting in Washington, D.C. Attendees had a chance to meet new AHAM president Joe McGuire, hear from Consumer Product Safety Commission chair Ann Brown and other notables, and swap stories at receptions and meal events. AHAM also honored several industry leaders at an awards banquet, including former president Bob Holding, who received a lifetime achievement award.