Appliance manufacturer Electrolux Group, which includes the Electrolux, AEG and Zanussi brands, has announced a move to metal backing for its cooling ranges, in line with expected upcoming changes to product standards.
Electrolux UK & Ireland managing director Peter Spencer commented: “True to our commitment to quality, safety and a best in class consumer experience, we wanted to confirm the introduction of new backing material for all of our refrigeration and freezing products in the UK.
“We continually review the design of our refrigeration and freezing products – including backing materials – and in anticipation of potential future regulation updates, from the end of May 2018, all Electrolux Group fridges, freezers, and fridge freezers produced for the UK and Ireland markets will feature a metal or aluminised based backing.”
Head of product line for kitchen Sophie Davidson explained: “As part of our safety process, we focus our efforts and investments on the creation of intelligent design using the safest components. We started this process several months ago to ensure that we stay ahead of any anticipated changes to European legislation regarding the safety of refrigerating appliances.
“These refrigeration products are compliant to BS EN 60695-11-5:2017 and meet the new International refrigeration and freezing standard IEC60335-2-24. Our ambition has been to ensure we are compliant with what we believe will represent the global standards up to 2020.”
Electrolux added that it wished to strongly reiterate and reassure its consumers that this decision has not been made due to any concerns around the safety of our current products in the market and cited the company’s ‘excellent safety record’. Over the last three years the brands within the company have sold over one million refrigeration and freezing products in the UK with no major incidents and none involving issues with the plastic backing on its products.