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Haier looks to tap Japanese shower tech

Chinese white goods maker offers opportunities for open innovation

SHANGHAI -- China's Haier Group wants to partner with Japanese companies that can provide technology for the white goods maker's water heater segment, and this outreach effort could extend to other operations.

Haier lists six areas in which it seeks designs, including water temperature controllers and shower water softening technology that costs no more than 300 yuan ($44).

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