LG sets up lab to conduct appliance technology research

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LG sets up lab to conduct appliance technology research


LG researchers measure lactic-acid bacteria at the Food Research Institute. [LG ELECTRONICS]

LG has established a new research laboratory committed to advances in fridge, oven and other home-appliance technologies.

LG Electronics opened the 6,760-square-foot Food Research Institute on Monday at Changwon, South Gyeongsang. At the center, researchers will develop technologies that can be applied to the company’s home appliances, such as refrigerators, kimchi and other specialty food fridges, ovens and electric stove tops.

Food preservation, the fermentation of kimchi and food preparation will be some of the focuses.

The company said researchers will work closely with academics from Seoul National University and Konkuk University, as well as experts from government and private agencies, such as the Rural Development Administration, the Korea Food Research Institute and the World Institute of Kimchi.

LG Electronics often mentions advanced technologies in its marketing materials, using the technology to set itself apart from competitors.

According to the company, LG refrigerators run on inverter linear compressors, which are 18 percent more energy efficient and create less noise than comparable gas compressors. Its kimchi refrigerators maintain temperatures of 6.5 degrees Celsius (43.7 degrees Fahrenheit), the optimal level for kimchi. At that temperature, the growth of a lactic-acid bacteria that creates a sour taste is suppressed. LG’s electric stove tops can cook food up to 2.3 times faster than gas ranges, the company boasts.

The facility at Changwon is not the first research lab established by the company to further develop its home appliances. In February, LG Electronics opened a water research lab committed to the making of better water purifiers. In October, it opened a center dedicated to air science to advance its air purification technologies.

“We will continue investing in research and development related to food, water and air technologies,” said Song Dae-hyun, head of LG Electronics’ Home Appliance & Air Solutions.

BY KIM EUN-JIN [kim.eunjin1@joongang.co.kr]
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