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Haier ? Bosch?
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Post# 512183   4/18/2011 at 16:21 (4,807 days old) by mysteryclock (Franklin, TN)        

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OK, so Tide is running a promotion to win this new W&D set from Haier. Is it just me or do they sort of strongly resemble the Bosch Nexxt architecture machines (perhaps Vision ones?) I know Bosch is exiting the full-sized W&D business - could Haier have picked up the IP and designs to get a quick entry into the market?

The dryer ( ) especially resembles the Bosch ( ) , from the lower "lip" on the door to the vent hole pattern in the back of the drum.


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Post# 512196 , Reply# 1   4/18/2011 at 17:32 (4,807 days old) by solsburian (SE Northumberland)        

It wouldnít be the first time they have done it, one of their Washer Dryers is identical to the older Indesit models from the 90's.

Post# 512274 , Reply# 2   4/19/2011 at 03:17 (4,807 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

a copy of another machine just some black paint slapped on it to look like it is their product.


Post# 512319 , Reply# 3   4/19/2011 at 08:25 (4,807 days old) by JoeEkaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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They also made a top-loader that was a dead ringer for a Frigidaire.

Post# 512321 , Reply# 4   4/19/2011 at 08:30 (4,807 days old) by solsburian (SE Northumberland)        

A while ago I was looking on a Chinese wholesale website and they had a vast array of Washers and Washer Dryers that had in the description "Machine uses Italian Merloni Technology"!

Post# 512327 , Reply# 5   4/19/2011 at 08:57 (4,807 days old) by mysteryclock (Franklin, TN)        

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Well in this case it might not be a bad thing - if they managed to outsource the production to the New Bern Bosch plant as sort of a "private label" deal then those folks in NC get to keep their jobs! And if these are based on the recently introduced (then discontinued) Vision series then Bosch gets some payback on their reengineering $s they spent introducing a true horizontal-axis FL (as opposed to the tilted Nexxt.)

On the other hand, if they just licensed the designs and are putting them together in some cheap offshore location, I'm much less impressed.

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