LG Electronics (LG) has announced the sale of its 15 millionth refrigerator worldwide powered by its proprietary inverter linear compressor.
LG saw sales of its premium refrigerators increase 8% last year compared to the previous year and expects to sell four million more units this year, an average of seven refrigerators sold every minute.
LG’s inverter linear compressor is a critical component of every premium refrigerator, the brand explains. Unlike conventional rotary compressors that utilise circular motion, LG’s linear compressor converts linear motion into cooling power. LG says that this process reduces energy consumption and noise level compared to refrigerators with conventional motors.
Since developing its first inverter linear compressor 16 years ago, LG has continuously worked to improve its technology. LG’s fifth generation inverter linear compressor, introduced in 2014, delivers 55% better energy efficiency and 15% less noise compared to its first generation compressor, the brand says. LG currently holds 981 patents in South Korea for its linear inverter compressor technology, as well as 232 patents in the United States and 52 across Europe.
LG expanded its refrigeration line-up last year with its new Centum System refrigerator developed specifically for the European market. The Centum System inverter linear compressor was backed by a 20-year warranty, earning it recognition by standards and safety organisation VDE (Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker).
LG home appliance and air solutions company president Sony Dae-hyun commented: “Our commitment to developing core technologies such as the Inverter Linear Compressor is a key element of the success of LG refrigerators all over the world. Our priority to enhance refrigerator performance, reduce noise levels while using less energy is how we continue to bring value to our customers.”