History - Asko Appliances New Zealand


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 and most environmentally friendly. Made especially for those – like a certain Swedish mother – who appreciate durability, safety, premium performance and Scandinavian design.

Important ASKO years

The first ASKO washing machine

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 Zealand.

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.

ASKO production line in the 50's