The Chamber of Commerce of the Savinja and Šalek Region assigned the awards for best innovations in the region for the past year. Gorenje’s innovators won awards for all three entries: golden award for the Panasonic AutoCare washing machine, a result of joint development with the partner Panasonic Group; and silver medal for the FiltrationSupreme glass door dryer, and Style Line flat water heater. This qualifies the company for the national best innovation contest of the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Panasonic AutoCare washing machines features several interesting functions: the AutoCare program automatically adjusts the washing program to the amount and type of laundry for the best washing results. This is made possible by four smart sensors that sense the weight of the load and inlet water temperature, and recognize how dirty the laundry is and also the type of fabric. In addition, the Panasonic AutoCare washing machines use steam to reduce wrinkling and eliminate up to 99% of allergens as well as odors from the laundry. They are also remarkably energy-efficient as the 8-kg load machines use 40% less power than specified for the highest A+++ energy class, while the 10-kg load machines are 35% more economical than the A+++ class. With increased drum capacity that can handle up to 10 kg of laundry at a time, Gorenje innovators have developed an entirely new washing machine interior that also boasts very quiet operation: during spinning at 1,600 rpm, the noise level is no more than 72 decibels.