1901. AB Lux, Stockholm, is established. The company launches the Lux lamp - a kerosene lamp for outdoor use - which proves to be a tremendous sales success.Read more
Model V is launched. It is regarded as the first step towards an easy to use vacuum cleaner for ordinary homes. Pay extra close attention to the runners – an invention by Mr Wenner-Gren himself. They were in use on Electrolux machines well in to the 1960’s.
Swedish engineering students, Baltzar von Platen and Carl Munters, from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, present a sensational invention – a machine that produces cold through heat using a new and brilliant application of the absorption process. The machine can be driven by electricity, gas or kerosene.
The production of refrigerators based on Platen-Munter’s invention begins at a newly formed company, AB Arctic.
Electrolux purchases Arctic and launches the first absorption refrigerator, the ”D-fridge” on the world market. For many people ”this wonderful box” solves the problem of storing fresh food at home.
The first plant for the production of vacuum cleaners outside Sweden is opened in Berlin, Tempelhof. Axel Wenner-Gren acquires Volta from Skandinaviska Banken. Axel Wenner-Gren becomes chairman of the board.
Electrolux builds vacuum cleaner plants in Luton, England and Courbevoie, France. These plants are eventually equipped for the production of refrigerators. Production begins in a number of countries all over the world.
The share capital in Electrolux is increased ten-fold from six million Swedish kronor to 60 million. The turnover at five plants, some twenty subsidiaries and 250 offices throughout the world is SEK 70 million.
The Group is consolidated and introduced on the London Stock Exchange (1930 on the Stockholm Stock Exchange).
Electrolux history time line
1930. The first built-in refrigerator is launched, a compact product for the kitchenette in the small, modern apartments of the time.Read more
1940. World War II paralyzes many Electrolux plants and subsidiary companies. The Group reorganizes some of its production for employment reasons and produces air filters for the Swedish defense forces.Read more
1950. Electrolux begins producing vacuum cleaners and floor polishers in São Paolo, Brazil.Read more
1962. ElektroHelios is acquired for SEK 36 million. This company, which was set up in 1919, has 2,500 employees.Read more
1971. The commercial cleaning service is established as a result of new company acquisitions. A face-lift for white goods takes place. There is a trend towards new colors.Read more
1980. Electrolux makes an important acquisition. The metal conglomerate Gränges is purchased (mines, steel works, aluminum and copper, vehicle safety belts) for SEK 725 million.Read more
1990. Outdoor products extends its range by acquiring the US company, Allegretti & Co., which manufactures products such as battery-driven garden tools.Read more
2000. The Group buys back the rights to the Electrolux brand in North America, which was sold in 1968.Read more