Haier

Fisher & Paykel In Expansion Mode
March 14, 2013

Fisher & Paykel, the New Zealand-based appliance company that was acquired by China's Haier last year, is in "expansion mode," according to a statement from Managing Director and CEO Stuart Broadhurst. This will include, in 2013, the largest single product launch in F&P's history.

Haier, Broadhurst said, is creating opportunities to accelerate the growth of the Fisher & Paykel brand. The focus of development is on technology innovation, new product development, and the F&P component and technology business.

Blink Now: Haier Shows Off Eye-Controlled TV at CES
January 11, 2013

In the future, changing the channel might be as easy as blinking with your eyes. Haier demonstrated a vision control system for TVs at the 2013 CES, showing how simple eye movements could take care of tasks like adjusting the volume, navigating through a media collection and even browsing a news feed. Take a look at the demo:

Haier Gains Top Spot in Euromonitor's Global Major Appliances 2012 Brand Rankings
December 26, 2012

Haier announced today that Euromonitor International, the global leader in consumer market strategy research, has again ranked Haier as the number one major appliance brand in the world with a 8.6% retail volume share in 2012 marking the fourth consecutive year Haier has been given this honor.

According to the report from Euromonitor, in terms of retail volume share, Haier gained the top position again in several product categories: Refrigeration Appliances

  • Haier is the number one brand of Refrigeration Appliances in the world with 14.8% retail volume share

Haier has 90 pct of F&P Appliances, Moves to Clean Up Rest
November 13, 2012

Chinese appliance maker Haier had control of more than 90 percent of New Zealand's Fisher and Paykel Appliances Ltd and will move to compulsorily acquire the rest, the companies said on Tuesday.

Haier had 92.8 percent of the New Zealand company and would now scoop up the remaining minority shareholders under takeover rules to complete its NZ$927 million ($766 million) takeover.

"We are delighted that a significant majority of shareholders have recognised the value of our offer," Liang Haishan, President of Haier Whitegoods said.

China's Haier Offers $705 Million for Fisher and Paykel
September 11, 2012

Fisher and Paykel Appliances Ltd said Haier Group offered NZ$869 million ($705 million) to buy the kitchen and appliance maker in a deal that would give the Chinese white-goods company full control of its New Zealand partner.

The New Zealand deal is seen as helping Haier reduce its reliance on a slowing Chinese economy and as a tempting offer for F&P's shareholders at a time when demand is slowing for its products.

Haier Future-Fridge Mixes Drinks, Gives Us Chills
September 4, 2012

Haier's semi-transparent concept fridge is one of the more exotic things on show at the IFA tech trade show here in Berlin. I've been hands-on with the "Minority Report"-esque technology, so read on for everything you need to know.

The first thing you'll notice is that front of the fridge has a large, dark screen through which you can -- if you squint -- make out your food. That's because this fridge has a semi-transparent display, meaning you can both see what's onscreen, and make out objects behind it.

See the Refrigerator of the Future
August 31, 2012

Chinese brand Haier has unveiled its vision for home appliances of the future, including a transparent, interactive fridge, at this year's consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin.

The innovative transparent interactive refrigerator revealed by Haier at IFA is currently in the prototype stage. The tall fridge boasts a tactile screen that, upon contact, becomes transparent, allowing the user to see its contents without having to open the door.

Items placed inside the fridge can also be registered to the device therefore allowing it to track information such as expiry dates

Haier Mini Washer - the Smallest Washing Machine?
July 31, 2012

The Haier MW-BQ8S Mini is one of the world smallest washing machines, designed especially for the gentle cleaning of undergarments and children clothing. It measures just around 26 x 28 x 38 cm, weighs under 6kg and comes with the transparent acrylic cover, which sits on an internal, concave-shaped filter giving the Haier washing machine a fresh and clean look.

The soft contours give the Mini washer a quiet appealing look, and thanks to the small dimensions, the washer offers a space saving solution.

Haier Launches New Microwave Line
July 10, 2012

Haier America is launching a new line of countertop microwave ovens.

The new line of microwaves fits a range of consumer needs from college students to large families.

No Niche Seems Too Small for China's Haier Group
May 1, 2012

It's not easy getting a handle on Haier. It makes more freezers, refrigerators and washing machines than anyone else--but it also churns out thousands of other products from cellphones to robots, defying the standard wisdom about focus. The group maintains a murky corporate structure built on large state-owned stakes, but management experts from Harvard Business School to Kobe University extol Haier as a model for private-sector companies.

Haier's iconic chairman, Zhang Ruimin, is just as difficult to categorize. In person he's passionate