Launch washed up thanks to supplier delay

4 January 2001
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04 January 2001

A six-week delay by a supplier scuppered the autumn launch of an innovative washing machine from Monotub Industries. The company hopes that its washer will rival controversial vacuum cleaner maker James Dyson's first washing machine.

The Titan was to have been ready in early autumn, but a supplier delivered the main door seal six weeks behind schedule, according to a Monotub spokesman. The firm claims that, with its removable drum, the Titan has 40 per cent more capacity than a normal machine. Its launch was to have pre-empted the November arrival of Dyson's Contrarotator, which also has a larger than average capacity.

London-based Monotub outsources the manufacture of its machines, although it retains control of quality. Despite the delay, the seal would continue to be sourced from the same supplier, the spokesman said.

The Titan is due to be launched in February by Monotub and its retail partner Curry's.

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