Published on October 4th, 2017 | by The GC Team1
Vestel to offer metal-backed cooling design update at cost price
Vestel is offering retailers the opportunity to update the back-panelling on their cooling ranges from aluminium foil to non-combustible metal.
As an incentive to make the switch, the Turkish manufacturer is promising the update at cost price.
Ahead of forthcoming EU safety legislation, Vestel has switched most of its production to fire-resistant aluminium foil panelling on products – a safer alternative to Petroleum-based polypropylene which cannot prevent the spread of fire.
In September this year, consumer body Which? said it had stopped recommending almost 240 cooling products, dozens of which were previously Best Buys, as it called for manufacturers to reject inadequate current safety standards and to take immediate voluntary action to end the production of non-flame retardant plastic-backed fridges, freezers and fridge freezers.
Vestel’s Head of OEM White Goods Matthew Riley said: “For us, this was a really important move to make. We’re deeply committed to product safety and recognise that, in the case of cooling, it’s become a particularly high-profile issue.
“We have already committed to producing aluminium foil-backed cooling which can extinguish an applied flame within thirty seconds. The next logical step for us is to make it as easy as possible for our retailers to set even higher standards of product safety with our metal back-panelling. To this end, we’re not setting any conditions or time limits on our offer. We’ll continue to raise industry standards by supporting and working with our retailers.”