New rules are coming into force in the UK, which should make appliances like washing machines, fridges and TVs easier to repair.
The Right to Repair rules are designed to extend the lifecycle of products by up to 10 years and have an environmental benefit.
Commenting on the rules, a Miele spokesperson said: “Miele is committed to maintaining an unparalleled level of quality and longevity. As part of this commitment, ease of repair remains a priority. In the interests of customers and the environment, Miele is already co-operating with EU legislators on eco-design measures related to energy efficiency and repairability for home appliances and is similarly placed to welcome Right to Repair requirements in the UK market.
“As a leader in the space, Miele keeps an accessible stockpile of critical spare parts for many of its’ appliances for up to 15 years which allows customers to repair their machines, avoiding unnecessary waste and disposal. Please also find a link to our Quality Ahead of its Time campaign which launched this month and reinforces these key points. https://www.miele.com/en/c/quality-ahead-of-its-time-2988.htm
Miele is the world’s leading manufacturer of premium domestic appliances including cooking, baking and steam-cooking appliances, refrigeration products, coffee makers, dishwashers and laundry and floor care products. Their product portfolio also includes dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers for commercial use as well as washer-disinfectors and sterilisers for use in medical and laboratory applications (Miele Professional). Founded in 1899, the company has eight production plants in Germany, one each in Austria, the Czech Republic, China, Romania and Poland as well as two production plants belonging to its Italian medical technology subsidiary Steelco. Sales in the 2020 business year amounted to around € 4.5 bn (thereof 29.5% in Germany). Miele is represented with its own sales subsidiaries and via importers in almost 100 countries/regions. Throughout the world, the family-run enterprise, now in its fourth generation, employs a workforce of around 20,900, of which approx. 11,050 employees work in Germany. The company has its headquarters in Gütersloh in Westphalia.