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Post# 957844   9/17/2017 at 08:18 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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I came across this 'rumour' yesterday.

The odd thing is, there may be a ring of truth to it. Some of the major retailers no longer stock Panasonic washing machines (John Lewis, Currys, Co-op electrical,

The link is to a very brief summary of the IFA Show.


Post# 957845 , Reply# 1   9/17/2017 at 08:29 by henene4 (Germany)        

Panasonic isn't building machines for around here anyways anymore. They are Gorenjes with a lot of Panaonic gene to them.

Post# 957846 , Reply# 2   9/17/2017 at 08:36 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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I know that Gorenje built them for Panasonic. What I'm saying is, virtually nobody seems to sell Panasonic machines now - not even Euronics independents.

The exception was (2 Panasonics) - but I think Tesco works in partnership with local independent shops.


Post# 957848 , Reply# 3   9/17/2017 at 08:46 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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Maybe they've decided it's too much hassle competing with all the other manufacturers?

Post# 957882 , Reply# 4   9/17/2017 at 14:54 by iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        

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Has already pulled out of the vacuum business in the north american market. I am wondering if these paring back measures are in anyway connected to their heavy involvement in the mega battery plant with Telsa automobiles.

Post# 957889 , Reply# 5   9/17/2017 at 16:12 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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German retailers such as still seem to have them, so maybe it's just a UK phenomenon?


Post# 957961 , Reply# 6   9/18/2017 at 03:19 by iej (Ireland)        

I would doubt it has anything to do with the Tesla plant. It could simply be that there isnít enough of a profit margin in those type of household goods.

The washing machines section is blank on PanasonicStore here

They were very nice machines and particularly at the price points.

Panasonic owns 10.74% of Gorenje. They were rumored to be buying the while company last year but nothing came if it.

Gorenje make very nice machines, itís a shame their brand recognition is low. I wonder if itís down to it being almost unpronounceable or at least doesnít roll off the tongue in English and several other languages. Eg French and Spanish.

Post# 957969 , Reply# 7   9/18/2017 at 07:44 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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Interestingly, the UK online store, purports to sell washing machines, as per the link below...

But when you do click on 'Products' - 'Home Appliances', you're only given 'Microwaves', 'Small Appliances' and 'Breadmakers'.

Very odd.


Post# 957974 , Reply# 8   9/18/2017 at 07:59 by MrAlex (London, UK)        

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Rolls_rapide - One thing for sure.. They make great bread makers, Ours is probably reaching its 10 year birthday and it makes great breads and has good recipes in the manual

Post# 957979 , Reply# 9   9/18/2017 at 08:25 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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I agree. My mum has one, and the bread was delicious - but it's not been used for a good few years though.

Post# 957994 , Reply# 10   9/18/2017 at 10:21 by iej (Ireland)        

They make very good combination ovens too!

Post# 958010 , Reply# 11   9/18/2017 at 13:31 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
Combination Ovens

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They do indeed. I've got one and I'm very impressed by the versatility of it.

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