By Craig Zammit

SYDNEY: LG Electronics will use the 2006 Sydney Home Show as the Australian launch event for a number of new products featuring world-first technology, including its new steam washer/dryer and a 50-inch high definition (HD) plasma TV with built in high definition video recorder.

The Sydney Home Show, which will be held at Darling Harbour from 18-21 May, will feature 350 exhibitors across four halls and showcase leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, home technology and appliance solutions.

“The Sydney Home Show is a great opportunity for LG to showcase its leading edge technologies and give consumers a hands on experience of the exciting developments in the Australian marketplace,” said LG Electronics general manager of marketing, Paul Jenkins.

One of the products to be launched is LG’s new 50-inch high definition plasma TV (50PB2DVR), which includes a built-in HD tuner which allows users to access the latest high definition broadcasts and record content on to a 250GB hard disk drive.

Available in October 2006, the new plasma screen features dual HDMI input, 1366×768 screen resolution and 10,000:1 contrast ratio.

“At the Sydney Home Show, consumers will see changes that transform the concept of the traditional home appliance. Boring, bulky home appliances will be memories of the past, as smart and attractive new options come onto the market,” said Jenkins.

In keeping with the theme, LG will also be showcasing its environmentally friendly Steam Based Washer/Dryer which incorporates steam technology in the washing process to reduce water usage and energy consumption while also reducing clothing wear and shrinkage.

“As a major exhibitor at the show on the forefront of cutting edge technology, LG’s stand demonstrates the company’s commitment to enhancing the lives of all Australians by continuing to manufacture and create products that make life good,” he said.

The LG stand at the Sydney Home Show will also feature LGs new Blu-ray high definition DVD player (BD199), the SolarDom Light Wave Oven (RRP $1,249), which allows food to cook three faster while conserving energy, the Art Cool picture frame air conditioner (RRP $1,699) and its new side-by-side and French door refrigerators with ice maker.