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July 15, 2014

Water Efficiency an Important Trend in Consumer Appliances

Thidathip Tawichai

With Thidathip Tawichai, Consumer Appliances Industry Analyst

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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May 28, 2014

How to Succeed in the North American Pod Coffee Machine Market: It is Not Just Coffee Size Which Counts but Also the Business Model

Lorenza_DellaSantaAnalyst Insight by Lorenza Della Santa - Senior Consumer Appliances Analyst

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Nespresso’s business model (one brand, one drink) will continue to have a tough time in the US. Consumers there are very loyal to their favourite hot drinks brands and will pay a premium for a Keurig coffee machine because it brews all their favourite branded drinks at the touch of a button and at a price that is still perceived as reasonable. To succeed, it will not be enough for Nespresso to focus on coffee size. The right pricing and brand awareness are even more important.


North American Consumers are Loyal to Just a Few Coffee Brands…

The North American fresh coffee market is very concentrated, with the top two companies, Green Mountain and JM Smucker, jointly commanding almost 40% of fresh coffee volumes. Despite volume sales just one fifth of JM Smucker, Green Mountain is North America’s most valuable coffee company as almost all of its sales derive from its Keurig pods.

In 2013, Keurig accounted for over 74% of fresh coffee pod sales in the region. This was no surprise considering the fact that Green Mountain is the owner of North America’s biggest pod coffee machine manufacturer, Keurig. In 2013 alone, Green Mountain sold 10.4 million Keurig brewers, accounting for a 40% volume share of the world’s single-serve coffee machine market.

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May 14, 2014

Mini Appliances Booming in South Korea

A recent consumer appliance trend coming out of South Korea is the rise of the compact or mini appliance. Daewoo Electronics introduced the first wall-mounted washing machine in 2012 with a load size of just three kilograms. Other companies are following the trend with LG recently releasing a mini washing machine, refrigerator and vacuum cleaner. The mini trend is catching on in South Korea for several reasons. First, these small appliances appeal to the growing number of single-person households that do not produce large quantities of laundry. Secondly, appliance companies are marketing small washing machines as ideal for gym clothes, towels or other items needing to be washed immediately after use. With consumer appliances saturated in the region, manufacturers are expected to continue heavy promotion for mini-appliances.

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