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LG Maintains Top Slot In Front Load: Stevenson

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. —

LG Electronics lead the U.S. market in residential front-load clothes washers during the fourth quarter of 2010. According to data from The Stevenson Company’s TraQline report, the period marked the 16th consecutive quarter in which LG took top share of the U.S. front-load washer market by revenue. LG first attained the top slot less than four years after entering the U.S. market.

“Desirable features, reliable performance and outstanding design continue to attract record numbers of American consumers to LG’s suite of premium home appliances,” said Sam Kim, president of the company’s home appliance division.

Stevenson is a Louisville, Ky.-based market research firm born of GE that collaborates with TWICE on the Top 100 Retailer reports for CE, major appliances, computers and car electronics.

AHAM Sets Annual Member Meeting For May 1-2

WASHINGTON —

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) will hold its annual member meeting here May 1-2 at The Ritz-Carlton hotel. The event, themed “Working For You in Washington,” will focus on how public policy influences the industry, its trade partners and customers, and how divided government in Washington will affect economic growth and the resulting impacts on the appliance sector. Highlights will include a welcome dinner hosted by Electrolux at House of Sweden in Georgetown, home to the Swedish Embassy, and a visit by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction over all energy, environmental and product safety issues of interest to AHAM members. For more information, visit

www.aham.org

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Sub-Zero/Wolf Partner With Control4

SALT LAKE CITY —

Select refrigerators, ovens and wine-storage units from Sub-Zero and sister company Wolf Appliance can now be integrated into Control4’ s IP-based whole-home control platform.

The new partnership will allow homeowners with a Control4 system to program Sub-Zero freezers and refrigerators to automatically set ice-making and other energy-intensive functions to lower levels at different times of the day, or automatically adjust settings to accommodate specific lifestyle needs, such as increasing ice production prior to entertaining large numbers of guests. Customers can also be notified when oven pre-heat is complete, view the current oven temperature, receive alerts when the timer is almost finished, and access meat temperature from the internal meat thermometer.

Users can also receive alerts that allow them to manage and monitor energy usage, and can send general service requests through their Control4 system directly to Sub-Zero and Wolf.

“The connected home isn’t just about consumer electronics,” said Control4 CEO Will West. “Every appliance and service should be easily accessed and managed through any touch point in the house.”

DCS Launching New Kitchen Line

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. —

Fisher & Paykel’s DCS division will begin rolling out a new indoor kitchen collection next month that merges modern design with durability and commercial-grade standards. The platform includes a dual-fuel range with convection cooking and a full extension telescopic racking system; a cooktop with patented dual-flow burners that provide precision heating at both temperature extremes; an Energy Star-rated 24-inch dish drawer with an adjustable racking system; and a 4.0-cubicfoot wall oven with 10 cooking modes.

“This is the most exciting launch for DCS to date,” said Fisher & Paykel marketing manager Scott Davies. “The newly-styled collection follows our tradition of combining advanced cooking power and technology to deliver cooking accuracy and performance in a distinctive professional appliance.”

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