By Lisa Johnston
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Cleveland — LG Electronics has become the first white-goods manufacturer to have its refrigerators certified by CSA Group for meeting a new sustainability standard for household refrigeration appliances.
CSA is an independent, not-for-profit membership association, based here, that is dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. The group worked closely with the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) and others to develop the environmental standard, which was announced in Washington in June.
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.
New York — LG Studio, the premium kitchen appliance suite from LG Electronics, was showcased at the New York Museum of Arts and Design here yesterday amid a roundtable discussion about home design and the environment.
Participants included actor/filmmaker Adrian Grenier, interior designer and TV personality Thom Filicia, and LG Electronics’ marketing and go-to-market operations senior VP James Fishler.
Benton Harbor, Mich. – Whirlpool and LG Electronics have agreed to settle a trio of longstanding patent infringement suits regarding the companies’ refrigerator designs.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
The suits and countersuits, which date back to 2008, involved proprietary technologies for in-door ice dispensers within side-by-side and French door refrigerators; refrigerator wall construction; and food compartment and door gasket designs, among other innovations.
Charlotte, N.C. — Electrolux will launch the first TV ad campaign for the Frigidaire brand in decades next week.
TV spots employ a 90-year timeline that highlights Frigidaire’s industry innovations, including the first electric refrigerator (1918), the first room air conditioner (1929), and the first compact electric range (1950).
The ads end in the present, with the introduction of the new Gallery Range with Symmetry double ovens that allow consumers to cook multiple dishes at different temperatures simultaneously.
Stockholm, Sweden – Electrolux has slated early 2013 for the U.S. launch of its new Grand Cuisine ultra-luxury range.
Introduced this week in Europe, the customizable cooking center offers nine separate elements: a combination convection and steam oven, a rapid-cool “blast chiller,” separate induction and gas cooktops, a searing plate, a vacuum sealer, a stand mixer and a Bespoke ventilation system.
Irvine, Calif. – A new nationwide survey by premium majap maker Thermador shows that 93 percent of homeowners looking to remodel their kitchens are interested in purchasing an induction cooktop.
Thermador, which was among the first manufacturers to introduce induction cooking to the U.S., surveyed homeowners ages 35 to 54 who are planning to undertake a kitchen remodel over the next 12 months.
Louisville, Ky. – GE Appliances has introduced a new majap finish designed to challenge stainless steel’s grip on the premium market.
Its new slate finish is a low-gloss, warm metallic gray that hits retail this month on two French door refrigerator models, two free-standing gas range models, two freestanding electric range models, two built-in dishwasher models and an over-the-range microwave oven.
Anderson, S.C. – Electrolux has opened a $6.3 million research and development center at its refrigerator plant here.
The 43,000-square-foot lab, which is capable of testing 40 refrigerators at once, is part a five-year, $45 million investment to ensure that the fridge factory remains competitive in the global marketplace, the manufacturer said.
CHICAGO — This week’s 47th annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) was expected to draw 30,000 attendees to McCormick Place, here, where dozens of major appliance manufacturers from Jenn-Air to GE and seemingly every niche vendor in between showed their wares.
The following is an overview of spring majap introductions based on pre-show announcements. A complete K/BIS wrap-up report will appear in the next issue of TWICE.