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
Electrolux begins producing vacuum cleaners and floor polishers in São Paolo, Brazil.
The first household washing machine is introduced. Production of steel shelving moves from Motala to Säffle, the foundations of what will later become Electrolux Constructor. Vacuum cleaner production begins in Oslo, Norway.
Elon V. Ekman is appointed president.
The production of washing machines is transferred from Gothenburg to Västervik.
The production of floor polishers and refrigerators begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Electrolux shares are listed on the Geneva Stock Exchange.
The first chest freezer is launched-big news in food storage. Axel Wenner-Gren sells his Electrolux shares to the Wallenberg Group. Group sales pass the half billion kronor mark.
The spelling of the Group’s name is changed throughout the world from Elektrolux to Electrolux.
The Group successfully exports caravan refrigerators to the USA – but the big rush takes place in 1960s.
The first dishwasher designed by Electrolux is a benchtop model, the extremely popular ”round jar.” The first combined fridge/freezer is produced in the town of Motala, Sweden.
Electrolux history time line
1921. Model V is launched. It is regarded as the first step towards an easy to use vacuum cleaner for ordinary homes.Read more
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
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