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The ASKO history

In 1950, an enterprising young Swedish farmer named Karl-Erik Andersson set out to build his mother a different kind of washer. A unique, energy and water efficient machine that would reflect a farmer's love and respect for nature. One with superior cleaning power and reliability that could heat water, spin, and even boast durable, state-of-the-art, stainless steel drums. A washing machine like no other.

The young farmer built his innovative washer, surpassing even his meticulous mother's high standards. Indeed, the results were so extraordinary, he was convinced to share his creation with others. So he built a world-class engineering and manufacturing facility right on the family farm, where it stands to this day, and a new company was born.

Today, ASKO is an international brand with a full line of high-performance washers, dryers and dishwashers. ASKO appliances still do a great job of cleaning with a fraction of the water, electricity and detergent of many other machines. Every component is constructed of steel rather than plastic wherever possible. And every ASKO product is still built with Scandinavian quality and environmental sensitivity, just as Karl-Erik Andersson intended.

In short, ASKO appliances are some of the best performing, most environmentally friendly, and longest lasting on earth. Made especially for those – like a certain Swedish mother – who appreciate durability, safety, premium performance and Scandinavian design.

1950
The first washing machine is manufactured.

1965
The fully automatic front-loading washing machine and compact dishwasher are introduced.

1967
Export starts.

1970
The floor standing dishwasher is introduced.

1975
The tumble dryer is introduced.

1978
Asea acquires Junga Verkstäder and changes the name to Asea Cylinda.

1988
ASKO acquires ABB Cylinda and changes the name to Asko Appliances.

2000
Antonio Merloni acquires Asko Appliances.