LivingKitchen 2013: more international exhibitors, innovations and new products

In less than 60 days, the global kitchen industry will be gathering in Cologne. LivingKitchen is the sector’s most important international business event and provides a good indication of how business will develop in the near future. This is where the trends and new product launches of the coming season are shown.

With 175 exhibitors now expected to participate, the coming edition is set to be even more comprehensive and will represent companies from more than 20 countries, with the share of foreign exhibitors thus rising to 40 % (25 % in 2011). This signals the steadily growing international significance of LivingKitchen. In 2013, Italy will be represented by a gratifyingly strong contingent. Four major Italian kitchen manufacturers – DADA (Molteni), Minotti Cucine, Lago and Riva 1920 – have decided on a joint presentation of their products under the motto “Ambiente Cucina”.

“myBosch – the instruction manual of the future”: the all-round service app from Bosch

myBosch. (Foto: Bosch)
myBosch. (photo: Bosch)

Customers who decide in favour of a household appliance from Bosch will soon have a major service advantage: with “myBosch – the instruction manual of the future”, the free new service app for the iPad, Bosch will be providing an interactive, digital, all-round service to its customers in the near future.

From getting started with the appliance and learning its functions all the way to modern service tools and numerous tips and tricks for those who need them, the new app will be available to support new and existing Bosch customers starting next year.

Right after registering the appliance – for example, a new washing machine – users will be able to access customised offers such as an introductory video featuring the highlights of the relevant model. Following the quick-start introduction, there will be a digital instruction manual including a keyword search and list of topics.

Best score for Bosch SmartCool: Minimal consumption, maximum flexibility

The fridge-freezer KGE39AI40: Score 1.4 for the most economical model and the best cooling properties in the test. (photo: Bosch)

Household appliance manufacturer Bosch must be delighted with the results of the latest fridge-freezer test by Germany’s consumer watchdog Stiftung Warentest: the KGE39AI40 model that was included in the test features highly sophisticated compressor technology, electronic control and excellent insulation and made it to the top of the winner’s podium as “most economical model”. The appliance is thus also explicitly recommended as “supremely suitable for energy savers”.

The testers found the appliance’s performance equally convincing. With its “best cooling properties” and generous amount of space, it offers buyers a particularly “good price-performance ratio”. Another Bosch appliance also came out of the test with a “Good” rating: the KGN36VL30 achieved an overall score of 2.3. There were bonus points for the NoFrost technology, which protects the appliances from icing up, and the practical extra-cold Chiller Box for meat and fish that is a feature of both appliances also met with approval.