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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.
Brand Source, the $11 billion home furnishings buying and marketing organization, unveiled a new "high-rise" display vignette from Siemens home appliances during the group's National Convention and buy fair, held here last month at the Paris, Bally's and Harrah's hotels.
ORLANDO, FLA. — High-end, second-tier majap manufacturers shrugged off the nation's economic doldrums and continued to concentrate on their well-heeled customer base at last month's Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS), held here at the Orange Country Convention Center.
Indeed, up-market wares ruled the roost on the show floor, as niche players rolled out new lines of luxury white goods in seeming defiance of dips in consumer confidence.
In its first attempt at cooperative marketing with another appliance distributor, Avanti Products is now distributing four models of the Turkish-manufactured Teba "mini-kitchen."
The units, which combine a countertop oven with various types of cooktops, range in price from $149 to $349, according to Avanti sales VP Mike Flynn. The top-end model has a Ceran cooktop.
Distribution on the mini-kitchens began in mid-April, Flynn said.
Whirlpool showcased a host of new offerings from across its collection of brands at the International Builders' Show, held here earlier this month.
The show was hosted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). According to a release, nearly 104,000 housing professionals attended and more than 1,900 suppliers across 300 categories exhibited their wares.