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Majaps Briefs

LG Maintains Top Slot In
Front Load: Stevenson


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


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,


Sub-Zero/Wolf Partner
With Control4


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


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.”