History

The Asko story is a good one. It started back in 1950 in Vara, Sweden, with an innovative young man' s dream to build a washing machine for his mother to make her life easier.

Today, more than 60 years later, ASKO is a Swedish brand that is inspired by all the typical Scandinavian values such as functional, minimalistic design, high quality and environmental responsibility. As Scandinavians we are ambitious, honest people with a feeling for quality and respect for the environment.

Our products are manufactured with extremely high quality demands and we are driven by a passion to create products that are destined to become a much loved part of your home and your life.

Important Asko years

1918 Finnish carpenter Aukusti Asko-Avonius founded the ASKO furniture group.

1938 UPO metal production was founded, producing for instance baby carriages and steel piping beds.

1950 The first washing machine is produced by Karl-Erik Andersson in Vara, Sweden, Junga Verkstäder is established.

1952 First Finnish household appliance – a refrigerator – is produced in Lahti.

1953 First washer is produced in Lahti.

1957 First cooker is produced in Lahti.

1958 First cold iron is produced in Lahti.

1967 First dishwasher is produced and export starts from Vara.

1972 First built in ovens are produced in Lahti.

1975 First tumble dryer is produced in Vara.

1978 Asea acquire Junga Verkstäder, change of name to Asea Cylinda.

1980 Own sales organizations established in Norway, Denmark, USA, Australia and New Zeeland.

1988 ASKO acquire ABB Cylinda, change of name to ASKO Appliances.

1990 New cooker factory and central warehouse in Lahti.

2000 Antonio Merloni acquire Asko Appliances.

2006 ASKO launches co-designed Kitchen and Laundry care concepts.

2009 ASKO launches in Sweden.

2010 New owner of Asko Appliances: Gorenje Group, Slovenia.

2014 Asko Appliances AB move headoffice to Lidköpping, Sweden.