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issue: January 2004 APPLIANCE Magazine

Cover Story

page 36
2004 Materials Forecasts
Metals - A New World Order
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Increasing Chinese demand has squeezed commodity supplies and boosted prices even as high energy costs are affecting the market.

page 38
2004 Materials Forecasts
Plastics - Raw Materials Impact Price
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Price, not availability, remains the issue in plastic materials.

page 40
2004 Materials Forecasts
Plastics - Reformulating Insulation
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Polyurethane, frequently used in appliances as insulation, has undergone changes in recent years to meet new requirements.

page 40
2004 Materials Forecasts
Glass - Gas Impacts On Glass
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Glass - heavily dependent on natural gas for processing - has been significantly affected in the U.S. by continuing high energy costs.

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2004 Materials Forecasts
Finishing Materials - Shifting Coatings Markets
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
The finishing materials industry contends with the dilemma of cost control.

Feature Articles

page - APPLIANCEMAGAZINE.COM
Web Exclusive: Miele's Dishwasher Milestone
Miele Ships 10 Millionth Unit On 75th Dishwasher Anniversary
The ten-millionth dishwasher has left the production line at Miele, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Miele's introduction of the dishwasher in Europe.

page 46
52nd Annual Appliance Industry Forecasts
North America: Healthy Times Ahead
by Lincoln Brunner, Contributing Editor
There's something to cheer about, as the global appliance industry anticipates a healthy 2004. The wait is over. Recovery has come for the U.S. economy, and that means more than fatter American pocketbooks. It means sunnier days for economies worldwide.

page 46
52nd Annual Appliance Industry Forecasts
North America: Individual Company Outlooks - HVAC
by Lincoln Brunner, Contributing Editor
As the housing market continues to chug along at near-record levels, the situation appears stable and bright for HVAC manufacturers.

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52nd Annual Appliance Industry Forecasts
52nd Annual Appliance Industry Forecasts
Index

page 49
52nd Annual Appliance Industry Forecasts
North America: Individual Company Outlooks - Kitchen Appliances
by Lincoln Brunner, Contributing Editor
Product line expansion is fueled by economic optimism.

page 53
52nd Annual Appliance Industry Forecasts
Latin America: Finding a Groove
by Lincoln Brunner, Contributing Editor
Though Ambrose Bierce meant it as a barb, his definition of politics as " … the conduct of public affairs for private advantage" would seem the good thing to do for Latin America in 2004 - if the politics played to private businesses' advantage, that is.

page 54
52nd Annual Appliance Industry Forecasts
Europe To Walk While Others Run
by Lincoln Brunner, Contributing Editor
Matching the Euro-zone's growth against the expansion of the U.S., Canadian, and Asian economies in 2004 may be a bit like watching pack mules race thoroughbreds.

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52nd Annual Appliance Industry Forecasts
Asia: A Mixed Bag If Ever There Was One
by Lincoln Brunner, Contributing Editor
Growth. When it comes to Asia, many people expect too little from Japan and too much from China while (wrongly) forgetting about India altogether.

page 58
Association Forecasts - Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM)
2004 Industry Forecast
By Joseph M. McGuire, president, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM)
The home appliance industry and its primary trade association, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) will be moving into 2004 with great momentum. After several years of strong industry shipments, increased participation, and activity within our organization, including the expected merger of the Vacuum Cleaner Manufacturers Association (VCMA) into AHAM, we will remain energized and focused on our mission: to serve a growing industry.

page 58
Guest Editorials
Appliance Industry Association Forecasts
The leaders of many of the most important associations share their thoughts on the state of the appliance industry.

page 59
Association Forecasts - Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute
Stronger Economy Brightens HVAC/R Outlook
by William G. Sutton, president, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute
An accelerating U.S. economy, buoyed by strong productivity growth and historically low interest rates, promises in 2004 to reduce unemployment. That is good news for the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) industry, which has been waiting for manufacturing and office construction to catch up to the sizzling home building market.

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Association Forecasts - Consumer Electronics Association
Focus On CE
by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association
At the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), our mission is simple - to grow the consumer electronics industry. We are much more than the producers of the world's largest and greatest consumer technology event - the International CES. With more than 110,000 technology professionals from more than 100 countries, the International CES truly is the world's gathering place for consumer technology. But CEA also works on behalf of the industry 365 days a year, from industry promotions, to standards activities, to training, to promoting the industry's policy agenda.

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Association Forecasts - Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association
2004 GAMA Forecast
by Evan R. Gaddis, president, Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association
GAMA, an association of appliance and equipment manufacturers, greets 2004 with optimism as we capitalize on our manufacturers' innovation, vision, and accomplishments during the past year. Additionally, we see the appliance and equipment manufacturing industries benefiting from a solid upturn in the U.S. economy.

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Association Forecasts - International Housewares Association
Design, Innovation, New Technology are Key to 2004 Growth
by Philip Brandl, president, International Housewares Association
Design, innovation, branding, and new technology are the keys to growth and profitability in today's changing retail environment. Each will be critical as suppliers strive to build product uniqueness and consumer loyalty - and not incidentally, profitability.

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Association Forecasts - Outdoor Power Equipment Institute
OPEI Forecast
by William Harley, president, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute
Recent economic stimulus and other positive factors led to a powerful growth spurt in the third quarter of this year and a 7.2-percent expansion of the U.S. economy. Accordingly, Model Year 2003 ended on a high note for the outdoor power equipment industry, and in turn, OPEI has an optimistic outlook for Model Year 2004. This is also supported by very positive economic news from the U.S. Commerce Department.

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Exhibitor Highlights
2004 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR)
Serving the HVAC/R industry since 1930, the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR) has been a leading source of new HVAC/R equipment products, components, systems, and services.

APPLIANCE Engineer®

page 29
From The Top
The Road to Innovation
by Dick Topping, director of Appliance Research , TIAX, LLC
If you traveled the U.S. interstates this past summer, you may have noticed, as I did, that there seems to be an ever-increasing number of recreational vehicles (RVs) on the road.

page 30
Engineering Circuit Breakers
Protective Devices for Appliances: Which Standard to Use?
by Ken Cybart, senior applications engineer, E-T-A Circuit Breakers, Inc.
Choosing circuit breakers to be used within appliances is not as simple as it appears. There are two UL standards for these devices - UL 489 and UL 1077. The following will explain the differences between the two standards and provide some guidance on how to apply them.

page 33
Electronics Report
Integrated Power Switch
A new power switch from Fairchild Semiconductor is said to offer improved reliability in d.c./d.c. power supply designs.

page 34
Motor Technology
Corrosion-Resistant Motor
Servo Magnetics Inc. of Canoga Park, CA, U.S. has introduced a new corrosion-resistant brushless d.c. motor that features low voltage and high efficiency.

page 35
Technology Report
Double-Coated Bonding Material
FLEXcon (Spencer, MA, U.S.) has introduced SWITCHmark® LX 3-1-2, a new double-coated bonding material said to be ideal for consumer electronics and medical equipment applications.

page 83
Engineering Ice-Making Machines
A Clean Machine
Antimicrobial AlphaSan® from Milliken Chemical helps Manitowoc Ice in Manitowoc, WI, U.S. deliver an unprecendented sanitation level for the company's ice-making machines.

Production

page - APPLIANCEMAGAZINE.COM
Web Exclusive: Miele's Dishwasher Milestone
Miele Ships 10 Millionth Unit On 75th Dishwasher Anniversary
The ten-millionth dishwasher has left the production line at Miele, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Miele's introduction of the dishwasher in Europe.

page 79
Production - Water Heaters
An Assembly Challenge
When A. O. Smith Water Products Company redesigned its line of gas-fired residential water heaters to meet new safety standards, it utilized the services of a fastener solutions supplier to assist with assembling an access door to the appliance's combustion chamber.

News Section

This Month's News Headlines

page 17
U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics
Index - Majors and Comfort Conditioning Appliances for the month of October 2003

page 17
U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics
Index - Portable/Air Treatment Appliances for the month of October 2003

page 18
U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics
Factory Unit Shipments Statistics for the month of October 2003 - Revised

page 20
Tokyo Report
Japanese Companies Restructuring for the Better
A report filed by Wasaku Ishida, Japanese correspondent, APPLIANCE magazine, and vice president, JARN (Japan Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News).
The major appliance market in Japan has been struggling since early 1990, and in 2002, the market shrank by 13 percent.

page 20
New Delhi Report
Indian Sales Increasing Due to Growing Market
A report filed by Adite Chatterjee, New Delhi correspondent, APPLIANCE magazine.
There is plenty of good news for manufacturers of appliances and other household products. This year, the festive season started off with a bang.

Departments

page 24
People
Rick Cartwright of Hobart Corporation
Rick Cartwright has always believed in higher education. He's currently obtaining an MBA degree from the University of Phoenix, which he'll have in early 2005.

page 9
Appliance Line
Onward and Upward
Editorial from Diane Ritchey, Editor, APPLIANCE Magazine
Those of you who know Dana Chase, Jr., know that he often ends meetings with a resounding, "Onward and Upward!" It's become the premise of being at Dana Chase Publications.

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