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6th April 2018
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I suppose it was only a matter of time, wasn't it, before a 'hit list' was produced of refrigeration products deemed to be less than 100% safe... although I must say, I was surprised at how long the list - published by 'Which?' this week - actually is.
Many years ago, I found myself living without a fridge freezer for a few months over the start of the year and although I managed well in the early weeks by keeping everything in storage boxes on a table outside the back door, life became harder as the weather grew warmer. I think it was the discovery that a snail had managed to slime its way into one of the boxes and chomp off my jar labels, which persuaded me that I had to end the experiment, and I can say with hand on heart that it's not an exercise I'm keen to repeat.
I'm wondering whether householders who are extra-sensitive and may now be unnecessarily worried about their appliances catching fire, will end up trying to (or having to) go without for a while until they can buy a replacement product. After all, many people aren't in the position to be able to afford to buy an appliance without having saved up for one and many of these won't be able to resort to using credit either.
I also wonder whether the news will mean prices of appliances not featuring on the list will rise, because consumers will be panic buying items from these brands - and if there's too much of a spike in demand it may mean that the retailers will be unable to supply to order. Then of course, some manufacturers will see all this as an opportunity to increase market share by lowering prices to attract new customers who may become loyal repeat buyers of the brand, or perhaps offering deals which include colour-matched toasters, kettles, coffee-makers etc. as a way to grab the business.
I can see some great marketing opportunities here - and am surprised not to have received press releases from companies not on the list, taking advantage of the situation, or those who are on the list, attempting to allay any fears that their products might be unsafe. AMDEA - the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, has accused Which? Of scaremongering. You can read its statement below...
This Week's News
Following the report published by Which? on refrigeration standards which listed those companies it considered to be manufacturing products that are not as safe as they could be, AMDEA, the UK trade association for manufacturers of large and small domestic appliances which represents over 85% of the domestic appliance industry and nearly 90% of white goods brands, has issued the following statement:
"Consumers should be reassured that all appliances on the market have to be safe and tested to the rigorous safety standards prevailing at the time. These standards are continuously revised or improved, but this does not mean that a previous generation of products is unsafe.
Uform has introduced its latest product offering which includes four innovative kitchen door designs, five stylish new stains and six trendy paint-to-order colours as well as more paint-to-order options for existing ranges. Raising the bar again in terms of choice, quality and value, this newest launch offers a wealth of design options with all new ranges offering made-to-order doors, drawer fronts and accessories.
Aldana is the new skinny shaker style door which is constructed from a solid ash frame and veneered ash centre panel. A modern twist on the classic shaker, Aldana is available ex-stock sanded and can be painted to order from a palette of 27 colours on a 10-day lead time. Colour matching is also available.
Sirius Buying Group, major buying group of electrical appliance and kitchen retail solutions, has sold out its 8th International Conference taking place on 20th to 23rd May 2018 at The Lakes Hotel Vilamoura, Portugal: its fifth time at this southern Algarve 5* hotel.
Set to be the biggest conference to date, 2018's up-take smashes last year's attendance, with Sirius hosting a full party of 140 delegates: made up of group members and their respective business partners, plus key delegates from group Approved Suppliers.
Blanco UK has developed a durable stainless steel worktop material, Blanco Durinox, which is twice as strong as conventional stainless steel worktops. Durinox is available in any SteelArt worktop size.
Resistant to scratches and fingerprints, the velvety-matt surface can be integrated with the new Blanco Zerox range of sinks which are also available in a Durinox surface.
Drawing upon the trend for natural surfaces, the latest design's genuine wood veneer introduces a touch of rustic style to bathrooms in a practical and streamlined storage solution.
Keller Kitchens are manufactured in the company's own factory in The Netherlands, meaning that the quality of materials and parts are of the highest standard and can be shipped to the customer with ease. Keller is meeting the market's demand for quality kitchens delivered to customers' homes in record time.
Pictured is the Keller Kitchens GL7300 kitchen
Being fully CE certified means retailers and their customers have the peace of mind knowing that all products within the range have been independently tested and approved as safe according to their respective standardised regulations.
Stoves has applied its timeless and traditional Richmond range cooker aesthetic to four new 60cm freestanding cookers, offering Ceramic, Dual Fuel, Gas, and Induction options - all with large touch-control LED programmer, full-width grill pan, easy-clean enamel interior, and an AA energy rating.
Hoover has announced the launch of its second high-end cooking collection; Vogue Premium. Building on the success of the Vogue range launched in 2017, the company has now created a family of appliances that combine the latest professional technology with a minimalistic, modern style.
Designed to perfectly match one another, the appliances can be banked vertically or horizontally to create a high-end aesthetic in the kitchen. The Collection been developed for consumers who have a keen eye for style and want to cook restaurant-quality food in their own home.
After winning 11 Good Design awards in January, VitrA has returned from the 2018 iF award ceremony with eight iF awards, including a Gold! With the iF awards largely considered to be the worldwide symbol of product and design excellence, VitrA has certainly got the first quarter of 2018 off to an excellent start.
VitrA's gold prize winner was the Stix ceramic tile range (pictured), which has a natural stone appearance that will never go out of style. Several ranges created by the VitrA Design Team also won iF awards, including the Sento bathroom range (pictured) and the Suit brassware range. Tech-slate tiles range also received iF awards, as did the exhibition containers that VitrA used to display its new products and highlight its sustainability approach at the 2018 Unicera fair.
Designed by Simplehuman, this new bin in fingerprint-proof, brushed stainless steel enables you to throw rubbish away quickly and efficiently. This hassle-free solution also features a motion sensor, which will simply open at the wave of a hand.
Blanco's new brochures for 2018 highlight the innovative products and design, through glossy pages and detailed product descriptions helping customers find the perfect sinks, taps and extractor hoods for their kitchen area.
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