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All the latest news from the domestic appliance industry that we find all over the world and stories that are of interest to the trade and public.

Steel and appliance makers are joining battle against bacteria with antimicrobial doorknobs and coffee makers and there is even a gleaming bug-free house on a hillside near Los Angeles to show what the future may hold in store.

American consumers seem to see "Made in China" wherever they go. The United States imported $141.8 billion worth of goods from China in the year to August, almost twice as much as five years earlier. From toys to T-shirts and industrial components most Americans never see, Chinese imports seem to be flooding U.S. markets.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 21, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Electrolux (Nasdaq:ELUX): The evaluation of a plant in the U.S., mentioned earlier today in the Group's nine-month report, refers to the refrigerator factory in Greenville, MI. The plant has weak financial performance and other production sources are being considered, including a move to Mexico.

Residents were being urged to stay in their homes after a massive stockpile of used fridges caught fire sending toxic smoke billowing into the air.

A former Lloyds underwriter whose 17th century Grade II listed farmhouse was gutted by fire claimed in the High Court today that the blaze was caused by a faulty washing machine.

MATSUSHITA Electric Industrial Co Ltd, which is unifying its Panasonic and National brands globally as a growth strategy, is confident that it will be effective in gaining a larger market share worldwide.
On 11 August 2003, a Manchester company was fined a total of £52,500 and its director fined £15,000 by Oldham Magistrates for waste offences involving scrap refrigerators at sites in the Oldham area. Britannia Import and Export Limited, of Ledbury Road, Failsworth, and director Robert Bulcock, of Broad Lane, Rochdale, had pleaded guilty at a hearing on 14 July 2003. Britannia Import and Export Limited pleaded guilty to the following offences:
TORONTO (CP) - Increased foreign competition and industry overcapacity are forcing appliance maker Camco Inc. to close a Hamilton stove and refrigerator plant in December 2004, putting 800 people out of work.

IFB, India's leader in front loading washing machine launched Elena, the most affordable "Front Loading Washing Machine" in India at a press conference held at Hyderabad today. Addressing media men immediately after unveiling ELENA formally, Mr. Ashutosh Vaidya, National Sales Manager of IFB Industries Ltd informed that Elena is a result of state-of-the-art Research and Development initiatives undertaken by IFB.

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