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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.
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.
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.
The dramatic and extended downturn in the major appliance business has taken a toll on next week’s Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS), which has long been the premier event for the white-goods trade.
Given the state of the industry, the economic climate and the prohibitive cost of exhibiting, most majap manufacturers will have a limited profile at the show, with only a handful of vendors actually represented on the show floor.
With the effects of the recession and depressed housing market now impacting even super-premium appliances, luxury majap maker Bosch is emphasizing affordability and energy savings in its consumer communications.
To underscore the point, the company is getting out the message that a full Bosch stainless-steel kitchen can be had for less than $4,000 with its competitively priced 300-series appliances, which can also help consumers save on their energy and water bills while adding value to their homes.
At this past weekend's Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS), held here at McCormick Place, GE unveiled two new bottom mount refrigerators under its premium Monogram monicker, and introduced a GE-branded dishwasher that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), reportedly the first offered by a major domestic majap maker.