History 1980-1989


Electrolux makes an important acquisition. The metal conglomerate Gränges is purchased (mines, steel works, aluminum and copper, vehicle safety belts) for SEK 725 million. The Group’s total turnover is almost SEK 23 billion, an increase of 51% compared with the preceding year.


Vacuum cleaner capacity is extended still further through the acquisition of the French company, Paris-Rhône, and the German company, Progress.


The acquisition of the Italian company Zanussi (founded 1916) including its subsidiaries in Spain, makes Electrolux the unquestioned leader in the European market for household appliances. The Zanussi purchase also makes the Group number one in food service equipment.


The white goods sector range of washing machines and tumble driers, and air conditioning is extended through the purchase of Zanker in Germany and Duo-Therm in the USA.


The third largest white goods company in the USA, White Consolidated Inc., is acquired with brands such as Frigidaire, Gibson, Kelvinator and White Westinghouse.

The Outdoor Products business area expands following new acquisitions including the US company, Poulan/Weed Eater. The metal recycling company, Gotthard Nilson, is purchased. The Group’s total annual sales are SEK 53 billion.


Electrolux purchases the first white goods division of the British company, Thorn-EMI, with brands such as Tricity, Stott Benham and Parkinson Cowan. White goods are also strengthened by the purchase of Corbéro and Domar, Spain’s leading companies in this sector.


The outdoor products business is reinforced through the purchase of American Yard Products (Yardpro). The Spanish market grows in importance. The refrigerator compressor producer Unidad Hermética is acquired. Safety belt operations are expanded in Europe.


Electrolux leading position in Europe is reinforced by the acquisition of the German Buderus Group’s manufacturing operations of white goods and food service equipment, including industrial washing machines.

An agreement is signed with Sharp Corporation on the sale of Electrolux white goods on the Japanese market.

Iron ore mining with the Lamco company, Liberia (previously owned by Gränges) ceases.

The Group winds up its operation in the sterilization and disinfection sectors. The shares of this company, Getinge Group, are listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange in 1993.

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Electrolux history time line

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.

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1910. Elektromekaniska is established in Stockholm.

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1921. Model V is launched. It is regarded as the first step towards an easy to use vacuum cleaner for ordinary homes.

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1930. The first built-in refrigerator is launched, a compact product for the kitchenette in the small, modern apartments of the time.

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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.

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1950. Electrolux begins producing vacuum cleaners and floor polishers in São Paolo, Brazil.

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1962. ElektroHelios is acquired for SEK 36 million. This company, which was set up in 1919, has 2,500 employees.

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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.

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1990. Outdoor products extends its range by acquiring the US company, Allegretti & Co., which manufactures products such as battery-driven garden tools.

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History 2000-2009

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2000. The Group buys back the rights to the Electrolux brand in North America, which was sold in 1968.

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