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issue: January 2006 APPLIANCE Magazine

Cover Story

page 66
Materials Forecast
Today's Commodities Forecast: Stormy and Unsettled
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
In the short term there is little prospect for significant price and availability improvements, as strong global demand continues for energy and materials used in appliances.

Feature Articles

page 38
54th Annual Appliance Industry Forecast: North America
Weathering the Storm
by Jill Russell, Associate Editor
After accelerating slightly in 2004, the U.S. economy is working hard to rebound from a record hurricane season in 2005 and successfully maintain a positive momentum in 2006.

page 47
54th Annual Appliance Industry Forecast: Latin America
An Optimistic Turn
by Erin Biesen, Assistant Editor
Latin American appliance industry insiders are optimistic about the year ahead, despite some difficult times in 2005.

page 50
54th Annual Appliance Industry Forecast: Europe
Getting Back on Track?
by Erin Biesen, Assistant Editor
There are hopes that 2006 will see Europe get back on track to a slow recovery, even though it experienced a difficult year in 2005 with minimal growth.

page 52
54th Annual Appliance Industry Forecast: Asia
Boom Town
by Erin Biesen, Assistant Editor
The Asia Pacific region experienced large-scale economic growth due to low interest rates and a growing demand for Asia's exports.

page 56
54th Annual Appliance Industry Forecasts
Significant Factors Will Define 2006
by Joseph M. McGuire
In 2006, a number of industry-shaping dynamics will need the attention of AHAM members. In APPLIANCE's 2005 annual forecast, I cited the perennial factors that impact shipments of home appliances. These include external factors such as the strength of the U.S. and global economies, interest rates, consumer confidence, the weather, costs of materials, and energy.

page 58
54th Annual Appliance Industry Forecasts
2006 Shipments Should Stay Strong
by William G. Sutton, president, Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute (ARI)
It has been another great year for our industry. We will likely close 2005 with record shipments of more than 8 million central air-conditioners and air-source heat pumps, a jump of more than 9 percent over 2004.

page 61
54th Annual Appliance Industry Forecasts
CE Innovation Continues
by Gary Shapiro, president, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
The consumer technology industry is booming. With sales forecast to reach U.S. $132 billion in 2006, our products resonate with consumers who use CE devices to stay informed, entertained and connected to their work and families.

page 64
54th Annual Appliance Industry Forecasts
GAMA's Forecast for 2006
by Jack W. Klimp, president, Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
As GAMAs new president, I am pleased to provide this 2006 forecast for GAMAs industries.

page 65
54th Annual Appliance Industry Forecasts
2006 Brings Optimism for Housewares Amid Continuing Challenges
by Philip Brandl, president, International Housewares Association (IHA)
Heading into 2006, housewares executives are encouraged that even in the face of the many financial challenges, including rising energy prices and transportation costs, consumers still seem to be focused on spending for their homes.

page 79
Exhibitor Highlights
2006 International AHR Expo Exhibitor Highlights
The 2006 International AHR Expo, which will be held Jan. 23 to 25, 2006, is expected to be another record-breaking year, attracting more international exhibitors to fill the large exhibit space.


page 27
The Open Door
A Sustainable Future
by Terry E. Townsend, ASHRAE president-elect
Sustainability is currently a "hot topic," having a very broad scope in its definition.

page 28
Porcelain Enamel
A Comparison of Enameled and Stainless-Steel Surfaces
by David Fedak and Charles Baldwin, Ferro Corporation
The following paper compares the properties of porcelain enamel and stainless steel used in appliance production. A new stainless-style enamel cover coat is also introduced.

page 32
Technology Report
RoHS-Compliance Testers
Two new measurement devices use X-ray fluorescence to confirm that appliance components are compliant with upcoming European legislation.

page 34
Electronics Report
Full Overheating Protection
An innovative heating element technology uses electronic sensors to prevent appliance parts from overheating.

page 36
Motor Technology
Magnetic Kit Encoders
A new magnetic kit encoder uses a sensor chip to provide a cost-effective motor feedback device with the same performance as an optical encoder.

News Section

This Month's News Headlines

page 17
Appliance Industry
Majors and Comfort Conditioning Index for October 2005

page 18
U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics
Factory Unit Shipments Statistics for the month of October 2005 - Revised
Revised March 20th, 2006.

page 20
Appliance Industry
New Delhi Report - India Vs. China
by Adite Chatterjee, India correspondent
The media loves it. So do financial analysts and economists. The India-versus-China comparison invariably rears its head at seminars and conferences and is the flavor of the season for business writers in international media.

page 20
Tokyo Report
Home Heating Appliances in Japan
by Wasaku Ishida, Japan Correspondent, and president, JARN (Japan Air Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News)
Home comfort appliance producers in Japan are increasingly promoting heat pumps for use as a heating appliance as well as an air-conditioning appliance. The heating capabilities of heat pump air-conditioners are being enhanced for this application.


page 9
Appliance Line
Frits Philips’ Fascinating Life
Tim Somheil, Editor
Not many appliance engineers stir the public with their passing. When "Frits" Philips died in December, he was mourned in the Netherlands and across Europe.


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