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July 28, 2014

Haier Encounters New Challenges

Jamie_KoAnalyst Insight by Jamie Ko - Head of Consumer Appliances

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It has been two years since Haier Group enjoyed the status of top global manufacturer within major appliances, after acquiring Fisher & Paykel in 2012. Thanks to the fast and continued growth of the Chinese economy, Haier has been able to gain share, with its long-established position in its domestic market. However, the cessation of the subsidy program in 2013 is likely to shrink Chinese consumer confidence and demand for appliances in 2014 or even longer. Additionally, the economic growth of China has resulted in wage and production cost increases, which will not be beneficial for Haier as a Chinese manufacturer. To add to its challenges, the recent acquisition announcement of Indesit Co Spa by Whirlpool Corp indicates heightened competition and Whirlpool is likely to win back the status of top manufacturer in major appliances. Should Haier start to press the panic button and if so, what are its solution options?

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July 15, 2014

Majority Stake Purchase of Indesit by Whirlpool is a Win for Both Companies

Whirlpool’s agreement to purchase a majority stake in Indesit will push the company back into the number one global player in major consumer appliances above Haier. Indesit benefits from the purchase as Whirlpool will assist the company in moving into the premium segment, and Whirlpool in turn is gaining a foothold into countries such as Turkey and Russia.

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Water Efficiency an Important Trend in Consumer Appliances

Thidathip Tawichai

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Many countries are struggling with managing their water supplies due to various reasons including lack of rainfall, limited space for reservoirs and lack of natural water resources. Many appliance manufacturers are helping to conserve water by introducing water efficient appliances, mainly dishwashers and washing machines. The governments of many countries now rate the water efficiency of appliances along with offering incentives to buy these machines. Water conservation will continue to be an ongoing effort in many countries so these appliances will become even more efficient in the future.

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July 11, 2014

Whirlpool Will Buy Majority Stake in Indesit

Cristina BausAnalyst Insight by Cristina Baus - Consumer Appliances Analyst

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In a recent turn of events in the Indesit M&A saga, Whirlpool has announced a binding agreement to buy a majority stake in the Italian company, which should be finalised by the end of 2014.

What’s in it for Whirlpool?

In Western Europe, Whirlpool outperformed Indesit over the 2008-2013 period but at the same time did not manage to post a particularly upbeat performance. In Eastern Europe, on the other hand, Indesit performed better than Whirlpool, helped by strong growth in Russia, Indesit’s main market in the region. Both companies heavily overlap in Europe, with Whirlpool commanding a stronger position in the Nordic markets and Indesit in the PIGS, but Indesit’s volume sales in the region are more than one and a half times greater than Whirlpool’s.

Whirlpool versus Indesit: Volume Sales Performance in Western Europe 2008-2013

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Source: Eurmonitor International

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July 9, 2014

The Contemporary Landscape for Dishwashers and Detergents


Although both dishwashers and automatic dishwashing remain very limited to the most developed markets of North America and Western Europe, there is evidence that these categories are showing some signs of spreading their wings and moving into new territories – namely developing markets. While the Turkish market suggests the future success of the ADW market perhaps rests on the ability of appliance and detergent manufacturers to act in unison rather than unilaterally.

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July 8, 2014

Mini Appliances a Perfect Fit for Singapore and Hong Kong

Euromonitor International recently reported on the rise of mini or compact appliances in South Korea , and these appliances are a perfect match for other Asian countries, most notably Singapore and Hong Kong. The number of single-person households and households without children in both countries make smaller appliances an attractive alternative to large machines, and many consumers in these countries live in small apartments where space saving is a necessity.

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June 20, 2014

Three Companies Expected to Compete for a Stake in Indesit

All companies interested in purchasing a stake in Indesit must have a proposition in place by June 27, and its expected that three companies will be in the running: Whirlpool, Electrolux, and a Chinese government owned refrigeration company called Meiling. If Whirlpool is selected, they intend to invest money into Italy to begin manufacturing premium appliances in the country, which is in line with Indesit's goals. If Electrolux is selected, they are likely to use their strong research and development to convert and update Indesit's product portfolio. Meiling is expected to bring money to the table but it cannot offer Indesit much else.

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June 12, 2014

The New Normal for Coffee Machines

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The coffee machine market is entering a new normal. Pod coffee machines in North America and Western Europe are a consolidated reality and globally, premiumisation is over. 20% of growth in pod coffee machines now comes from non-traditional coffee drinking markets. In the US, new premium entrants must face Keurig’s undisputed leadership. In Western Europe it is now time for open brewing systems to go premium, leveraging the individuality and localisation trends driving value in foodservice.

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June 8, 2014

Indonesia’s Potential as a Southeast Asian Production Hub

Thidathip TawichaiAnalyst Insight by Thidathip Tawaichi - Consumer Appliances Analyst

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A number of Asian manufacturers have expanded their production facilities in Indonesia over the past few years. Sharp began manufacturing refrigerators and washing machines in Karawang in September 2013 and Toshiba established a twin-tub washing machine plant in the East Jakarta Industrial Park in November 2012, while LG plans to open an air conditioner plant in Bekasi by June 2014. A number of factors make Indonesia attractive to these Japanese and Korean manufacturers, including low labour costs, economic and political stability and a large population. That said, consumer appliance manufacturers do face certain obstacles when investing in the country, which the Indonesian government will need to solve.


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June 4, 2014

On Demand Webinar - Global Major Appliance Production: How Manufacturers and Suppliers Can Find Opportunities


Presenter: Lorenza Della-Santa Analyst - Consumer Appliances

Global major appliance production continues to grow but at a much slower pace. With new emerging regional powerhouses, such as Eastern Europe and Latin America, manufacturers and suppliers should explore which markets can decentralise production and lower costs.

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  • Which countries are emerging as regional hubs in appliance manufacturing
  • Where major players are making operational investments
  • How Asia Pacific's slow down will impact the industry

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Haier Encounters New Challenges

Majority Stake Purchase of Indesit by Whirlpool is a Win for Both Companies

Water Efficiency an Important Trend in Consumer Appliances

Whirlpool Will Buy Majority Stake in Indesit

The Contemporary Landscape for Dishwashers and Detergents

Mini Appliances a Perfect Fit for Singapore and Hong Kong

Three Companies Expected to Compete for a Stake in Indesit

The New Normal for Coffee Machines

Indonesia’s Potential as a Southeast Asian Production Hub

On Demand Webinar - Global Major Appliance Production: How Manufacturers and Suppliers Can Find Opportunities