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Published on January 25th, 2018 | by The GC Team

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Safety first: Gorenje commits to aluminium backing on cooling lines

Slovenian kitchen appliance manufacturer Gorenje has announced it will now only manufacture cooling products with aluminium flame-retardant backing.

Taking a stance on the fire risk posed by plastic-backed appliances, the company said that, following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, its commitment to the campaign for safer appliances is a step in the right direction towards tackling the industry-wide issue.

The move follows the recent announcement of the UK Government’s creation of a new product safety body tasked with identifying consumer risks and managing responses to large-scale product recalls and repairs.

Speaking about the decision to implement aluminium backing on cooling lines, Iztok Krulc, managing director at Gorenje UK, said: “This is a sensitive topic but one we shouldn’t fail to approach.

“Obviously this decision will have economical implications to the business; however, we want to reinforce our position as a responsible manufacturer, not just something superficial.

“All Gorenje appliances fitted with the aluminium backing will have a stronger level of flame-retardance, and taking this action we hope that other UK manufacturers will be encouraged to follow suit and do their bit for the consumers.

“With home safety being central to our research development process, this initiative can reassure our customers that caring for them and their families is of most importance to us and we’re not valuing style over substance.”

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