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issue: January 2008 APPLIANCE Magazine

Cover Story

page 54
Materials Forecast 2009: Unfulfilled Hopes
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
High oil prices and strong Asian economies exert pressure on commodity supply and pricing.

page 56
Materials Forecast
Adding to the Chorus
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Metals and plastics get top billing among appliance constituents, but no appliance materials are immune to cost pressures.

Feature Articles

page 38
North America Forecast
2008: The Industry Shows Its Resilience
by Diane Ritchey, News Editor
While shipment numbers remain sluggish, the U.S. industry continues to court success by cutting costs and convincing consumers to pay a premium for value-added appliances.

page 46
Europe Forecast
The Power of Persistence
by Jill Russell, Contributing Editor
European appliance makers remain optimistic that, despite high tax hikes and increasing material costs, 2008 could be a growth year.

page 48
Latin America Forecast
Continuing Growth in Latin America
by Jill Russell, Contributing Editor
After a period of robust growth, the Latin American appliance market will slow down to show steady performance increases in 2008.

page 50
Forecast India, China, Middle East
Another Growth Year in 2008
by Adite Chatterjee, India Correspondent
Despite the impact of sluggish U.S. economy, appliance industries in China, India, and the Middle East should continue growing in 2008.

page 58
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers Editorial
A New Year with Familiar Issues
by Joseph M. McGuire, president, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM)
As I look ahead to 2008, scanning the environment for significant trends and challenges for home appliance manufacturers and their suppliers, the picture looks quite familiar.

page 60
Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute Editorial
2008: The Industry Comes Together
by Stephen R. Yurek, president, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI)
2007 saw our industry weathering the effects of the U.S. 13 SEER federal minimum standard while facing a sharp decline in housing starts, a depressed housing resale market, and increased regulatory scrutiny both here and abroad. 2008 promises more of the same, but there are reasons for optimism.

page 62
Consumer Electronics Association Editorial
Consumer Technology Rocks
by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
Global consumers today embrace digital products to access information, education, and entertainment, and to stay connected to work, family, and friends. Technology allows products to be portable, personalized, and interconnected.

page 63
International Housewares Association Editorial
Small Appliance Market Will Stay Strong
by Phil Brandl, president, International Housewares Association (IHA)
We’re all familiar with the slowdown in a housing market that was white hot until recently. The question is how that and other economic factors in play right now will impact the small appliance sector of the housewares industry.

page 64
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute Editorial
A Tough Year for Outdoor Power Equipment
by William Harley, president and CEO, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)
There really isn’t a way to sugarcoat the news. It was a tough year for the outdoor power equipment industry.

page 65
International AHR Expo
2008 International AHR Expo Exhibitor Highlights
The 2008 International AHR Expo, to be held at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on January 22–24, will feature the latest in “green” products, trends, technologies, and solutions for HVAC/R.


page 26
The Open Door
Do Smart Environments Need Smarter Design?
by Chris Nugent, School of Computing & Mathematics, faculty of engineering, University of Ulster

page 26
Appliance Energy Use
Intelligent Software Control Reduces Global Carbon Emissions
by David Hirst, technical directory and chief technologist, RLtec
Balancing the energy demands of refrigerators with the availability of supply can reduce CO2 emissions and minimize the risk of power cuts.

page 32
Motor Technology
Tight Fan Motor Control in Small Packages
Closed-loop fan controllers and temperature sensors help OEMs accelerate product development.

page 34
Electronics Report
Extended Portable Power
An operational amplifier consumes only 20 µA supply current while offering high linearity to maximize sensing accuracy in portable applications.

page 36
Technology Report
Cool Compressor Efficiency
New reciprocating compressors for R-404A and R-507 are engineered for improved EER and lower sound levels.

News Section

This Month's News Headlines

page 19
Appliance Industry
Majors and Comfort Conditioning Appliances

page 20
U.S. Appliance Industry Factory Unit Shipment Statistics
Factory Unit Shipments Statistics for the month of October 2007

page 22
New Delhi Report
Flat TVs to Double in 2008
by Adite Chatterjee, India Correspondent

page 22
New Delhi Report
Durables Retailing Growing Rapidly
by Adite Chatterjee, India Correspondent

page 22

Tokyo Report
by Wasaku Ishida, Japan correspondent and president, JARN (Japan Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News)


page 11
Appliance Line
Weak Economy, Strong Industry
Tim Somheil, Editor
2008 will be another difficult year—but the appliance industry knows how to make the most of tough times.


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