Appliance Leaders Discuss Key Issues For Manufacturers

Appliance Leaders Discuss Key Issues For Manufacturers

Washington, DC The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, a trade association consisting of key American major home appliance manufacturers, hosted a meeting for the presidents of its North American counterparts from Canada and Mexico, the trade association announced.

The recent meeting conducted against a backdrop of continued record sales for major home appliances involved representatives of AHAM as well as the Canadian Appliance Manufacturers Association (CAMA) and Mexico's Asociacion Nacional de Fabricantes Aparatos Domesticos (ANFAD).

According to the Washington, DC-based AHAM, the groups' leaders discussed "priority issues" for the home appliance industry in their respective countries "in hopes of working more closely on behalf of their common members."

CAMA, which represents both portable and major appliance companies, is heavily involved with environmental issues, including product packaging disposal and end-of-life recycling issues. Many appliance industry observers consider Canada to be a bellwether for the U.S. in terms of issues that could eventually affect American manufacturers, AHAM noted.

ANFAD, which represents the interests of Mexican manufacturers, is closely involved in NOM standards, official government safety and efficiency standards, and the NMX voluntary performance standards. ANFAD focuses on negotiating free trade agreements, including one with Japan, which should be completed by 2004.

In addition to several regulatory items, energy standards, test procedures and a manufacturer tax credit for super-efficient appliances will dominate AHAM's agenda for the coming year, the association said.