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issue: January 2003 APPLIANCE Magazine

Cover Story

page 34
2003 Materials Forecast: Exceptions to the Rule
2003 Materials Forecast: Constrained Steels
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
In March of 2003, U.S. President George W. Bush approved steel tariffs of 8-30 percent designed to limit imports and to help the beleaguered U.S. steel industry.

page 35
2003 Materials Forecast: Exceptions to the Rule
2003 Materials Forecast: Popular Glass
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Industry suppliers are reporting that demand for raw glass has been strong.

page 38
2003 Materials Forecast: Exceptions to the Rule
2003 Materials Forecast: Copper Supplies Adequate
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Copper prices toward the end of the year were fluctuating around U.S. $0.72 a pound, somewhat higher than a year ago.

page 38
2003 Materials Forecast: Exceptions to the Rule
2003 Materials Forecast: Plastics - Monomer Impact
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Despite the slow global economy, several types of plastics monomers are getting more costly, while supply for some is tight.

page 42
2003 Materials Forecast: Exceptions to the Rule
2003 Materials Forecast: Refrigeration Systems - Keeping Cool
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
The outlook for refrigerants remains a mixed bag.

page 46
2003 Appliance Industry Forecasts
2003 Forecast North America: Holding On
by Lisa Bonnema, Managing Editor
While the last year has literally seen its ups and downs, the North American economy continues to hold on as economists and appliance makers brace for what they hope is an upward journey

Feature Articles

page 46
2003 Appliance Industry Forecasts
2003 Forecast North America: Holding On
by Lisa Bonnema, Managing Editor
While the last year has literally seen its ups and downs, the North American economy continues to hold on as economists and appliance makers brace for what they hope is an upward journey

page 57
2003 Appliance Industry Forecasts
2003 Forecast Latin America: Bouncing Back in Latin America
by Linda Abu-Shalback Zid, Associate Editor/Newsletter Editor
If all goes well, economies in Latin America are expected to recover from recession, political unrest, and financial turmoil in 2003.

page 58
2003 Appliance Industry Forecasts
2003 Forecast Europe: In the Euro Zone
by Linda Abu-Shalback Zid, Associate Editor/Newsletter Editor
The year 2002 marked the beginning of a journey for Europe's economy. The official inception of the Euro as the only currency used in 12 countries united the countries as a single market to be reckoned with.

page 60
2003 Appliance Industry Forecasts
2003 Forecast Asia: Growing Up and Out in Asia
by Linda Abu-Shalback Zid, Associate Editor/Newsletter Editor
China and Taiwan recently joined the World Trade Organization, and trade agreements are popping up all over Asia. But while U.S. and European companies work to expand their presence in Asia, that competition is driving Asian companies toward global expansion.

page 65
2003 Association Forecasts: Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute
ARI: Record Year Possible in 2003 for Central Air-Conditioners and Heat Pumps
by William G. Sutton, president
Brightening economic prospects in 2003 could spur a second consecutive year of record shipments of central air-conditioners and heat pumps as manufacturers of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) equipment benefit from low inflation, favorable interest rates, and slowly increasing employment.

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2003 Association Forecasts: Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
AHAM: 2003 Industry Forecast
by Joseph M. McGuire, president
Appliance makers are a fiercely competitive group. Their individual strengths and strategies to outdo each other always end up with a win for consumers. Their opinions can differ on how to please the consumer from product to product and quarter to quarter, but they are in agreement that 2003 is a very important year. Its importance relates to whether our economy can achieve momentum to sustain consumer confidence.

page 67
2003 Association Forecasts: Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association
BIFMA: Modest Office Furniture Industry Recovery Expected in 2003
by Tom Reardon, president
The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association (BIFMA) International recently released the latest quarterly U.S. office furniture industry forecast prepared by the economic consulting organization, DRI-WEFA. The latest forecast anticipates a 20-percent decline in shipments to a level of just over U.S. $8.7 billion for 2002. Modest improvement is expected by mid-next year with a nearly 8-percent increase in shipments, to a level of $9.4 billion predicted for 2003.

page 67
2003 Association Forecasts: Cookware Manufacturers Association
CMA: Forecast for 2003
by Hugh J. Rushing, executive vice president
The crystal ball for 2003 shows a less than clear picture for the cookware and bakeware industry. The challenges are numerous, but opportunities exist as well.

page 68
2003 Association Forecasts - Consumer Electronics Association
CEA: Challenges Breed Opportunities
by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO
In 2002, we celebrated the eighth decade of consumer electronics. As we look back, we have much to make us proud. Each year has brought new and innovative technologies and products. We have opened opportunities for people everywhere to have access to information and entertainment and to stay connected - making the world a better place. As an industry, we are raising the world's standard of living and increasing people's knowledge and their ability to communicate.

page 69
2003 Association Forecasts
GAMA: 2003 Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association Forecast
by Evan Gaddis, president
The past year has been a time of transition and adjustment for the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (GAMA), for our industries and for our country. Even in less than ideal times, however, GAMA finds opportunities to empower our industries and to embrace new technology.

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2003 Association Forecasts: International Housewares Association
IHA: Low Interest Rates Help Boost Housewares as Consumers Continue to Cocoon
by Phil Brandl, president
According to a survey of International Housewares Association member key executives in the housewares industry, U.S. housewares sales stood up solidly through most of the third quarter, despite softness in the U. S. and other world economies. Looking forward, we see continuing growth based largely on two factors: low interest rates continue to bode well for both home sales and furnishings, and regardless of what one calls it, "cocooning," "nesting," or "just hanging around the house," consumers are looking to the home as a reassuring haven.

page 73
2003 Association Forecasts: Outdoor Power Equipment Institute
OPEI: 2003 OPEI Forecast
by Bill Harley, president
Although the economic landscape in 2002 was, at times, a bit rough, Model Year 2002 ended on a high note for the outdoor power equipment industry. And, OPEI has an optimistic outlook for Model Year 2003, in spite of some high-profile bad economic news.

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2003 Association Forecasts: Vacuum Cleaner Manufacturers Association
VCMA: 2003 VCMA Forecast
by Raymond Kirkpatrick, president
With the fourth quarter of 2002 finally showing some strong signs of an economic recovery, manufacturers can now look ahead more optimistically to 2003.

page 80
HVAC/R Expo
2003 International AHR Expo Exhibitor Highlights
Serving the HVAC/R industry since 1930, the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR) has been a leading source for new HVAC/R equipment products, components, systems, and services.

APPLIANCE Engineer®

page 87
Engineering Air-Conditioning
Protecting the Core of the HVAC Industry
In order to eliminate some of the waste involved in production, Goettl Air Conditioning, Inc. enlisted the help of supply firm Pacific Parts Sales Company, Inc. when it came time to implement an improved condenser coil guard for its HVAC products.

page 89
From the Top
The Open Source Solution
by Dick Topping, director of Appliance Research , TIAX, LLC
On Oct. 15, 2002, a group of leading researchers, scientists, web and IT specialists, engineers, and business leaders met in Cambridge, MA, U.S. at the MIT Open Source Building Alliance (OSBA) workshop.

page 90
Engineering Photocouplers
Photocouplers: Performing Big in Small Spaces
by Christine C. Lee, senior business development engineer, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.
The current development trend in photocouplers is targeting smaller packages, lower cost, higher reliability, higher operating speed, and lower power consumption, which corresponds with the requirements for electronic devices in the future.

page 93
Electronics Report
Circuit Protection Devices
Tyco Electronics (Harrisburg, PA, U.S.) introduces a new Raychem Circuit Protection product series, the LVR series of PolySwitch¨ resettable devices.

page 94
Technology Report
Full-Color Image Sensor for Digital Cameras
Foveon Inc. offers the Foveon¨ X3ª image sensor, which is said to represent a breakthrough in digital photography by bringing significant advantages over other CCD and CMOS image sensors.

page 95
Motor Technology
Variable Speed Drive for Appliance Motors
A new a.c. drive from Rockwell Automation (Mequon, WI, U.S.) is said to provide cost-effective, powerful speed control for appliance motors.

News Section

This Month's News Headlines

page 24
Tokyo Report
New RACs Introduced for Japanese Market
New-model room air-conditioners (RACs) for refrigeration year (RY) 2003 have been introduced for the Japanese market.

page 26
New Delhi Report
Cricket Fever
World Cup cricket is to Indian sport and marketing as the Super Bowl is to American marketers.

Departments

page 11
APPLIANCE Line
A Tale of Two Trade Shows
Editorial from Diane Ritchey, Editor, APPLIANCE Magazine
In the end, there just wasn't room for two.

page 30
People
Dave McCulloch of Enodis plc
In May 2002, after working 16 years with the company, Dave McCulloch was named COO of Enodis plc (New Port Richey, FL, U.S.), a worldwide food equipment manufacturing company.

page 30
People
Hans Bergkvist of ATTEXOR
"Management by walking around was in fashion a few years ago," Hans Bergkvist says. It seems that some things don't go out of fashion. "I have found it to be very useful and still use it," he adds.

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