GDHA halts production of plastic-backing cooling

Head of category for cooling at GDHA Stuart Netscher

Appliance manufacturer committed to metal backing for Lec, Stoves and Britannia

Following appliance brands Whirlpool, Electrolux and Gorenje, all of Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (GDHA) brands will now have cooling appliances fitted with metal backs.

Production of all plastic-backed fridges, freezers and fridge freezers will end this month (May , 2018)

All Lec, Stoves and Britannia branded refrigeration appliances will feature metal backing, ahead of regulation changes which come into effect on January 1, 2019.

The regulations will require the backing on fridges and fridge freezers to meet a higher level of flame retardance.

GDHA will be redeveloping any remaining plastic-backed appliances across its freestanding and integrated cooling portfolio.

Head of category for cooling at GDHA Stuart Netscher said: “We pride ourselves on consistently reviewing the design and manufacture of our products to ensure that they perform well and comply with the latest safety legislation.

“We are aware that recent media reports linked to plastic-backed fridges have caused concern amongst consumers and we want our customers to feel 100% confident in our brands.

“The majority of our products already have metal backings; this change ensures we will have metal backing on 100% of our refrigeration range of products, ahead of January 1, 2019.”

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