09-10-2012, 01:56 PM
(This post was last modified: 09-10-2012, 02:05 PM by Ol'Jeffers.)
Chapter and verse on British domestic appliances.
I worked for Hotpoint as a senior engineer for 14 years and left in 1994.
Hotpoint and Creda became allied in around '91. Suddenly all Hotpoint engineers became Creda experts
after 1 days training!
Creda made in Stoke-on-Trent and Hotpoint made in Llandudno.
Hoover were made in Merthyr and were bought by Candy early '90s.
Servis were bought by Merloni around '82.
Bendix (the first front loading automatic in the UK) sort of fizzled out
in the early nineties as Tricity Bendix and were latterly made by Zanussi.
In the 90's Zanussi (Italian) were in very deep errm...trouble and were basically bought
by Electrolux (a Swedish company).
Electrolux had built AEG's cheaper machines for a while so cheap AEGs would have Zanussi parts and electrics.
I believe that the only British company still making Major appliances is White Knight whose tumble driers are good
and who also made tumble driers for Bosch.
There are NO British designed and made washing machines now...a couple are however assembled here.
This year Whirlpool (Philips...Dutch) have announced that they will no longer be a presence in the UK.
So what to buy?
I will never recommend anything built in Italy. Indesit machines are actually designed to last a
couple of years and if they fail are prohibitively expensive to repair. (A few years back one of the popular front-loader
motors was 75% of the cost of a new machine!) Indesit, Ariston, Servis, Hotpoint, Creda are owned by Merloni.
I rate Bosch and Siemens machines (same company), despite the cheaper Bosch models being built in Spain.
At the moment I have an LG which has been 100% reliable for ten years. My next machine will be a Miele.
They're the only European company who don't make machines for other companies and use no Italian parts, only German.
They design their machines to last 20 years. They guarantee the more expensive machines parts for ten years.
The Older I get the Better I Was!
I worked for a short while on the assembly lines at Creda in Stoke on Trent, very much a hire-and-fire employer with a core of permanent workers and loads of temps as and when required. Never ceased to amaze me who built what for whom, badge engineering doesn't even come into it. We built cookers by Creda, GEC, Canon and others I can't remember, when the lines were in full production it would make you dizzy and the way things were literally thrown together made me wonder how long they were going to last for......
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