Electrolux – Wikipedia

Electrolux AB

The current Electrolux wordmark and logo designed by Prophet in 2015, which incorporates the Carlo Vivarelli-designed symbol from 1961.

Type Publicly traded Aktiebolag

Traded as

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Nasdaq Stockholm: ELUX B
ISIN SE0969756783 [1]

SE0969756783 [2]
Industry Major appliance, Home appliance
Founded 1919; 102 years ago
Headquarters Stockholm, Sweden

Area served

Worldwide

Key people

Staffan Bohman (Chairman)

Jonas Samuelson (President & CEO)
Products Major appliances, Small appliances
Brands AEG, Electrolux, Electrolux Grand Cuisine, Electrolux Professional, Eureka, Frigidaire, Molteni, Westinghouse, Zanussi.
Revenue Electrolux - Wikipedia 118.981 billion kr (2019)[3]

Operating income

Electrolux - Wikipedia 3.189 billion kr (2019)[3]

Net income

Electrolux - Wikipedia 3.452 billion kr (2019)[3]
Total assets Electrolux - Wikipedia 106.808 billion kr (2019)[3]
Total equity Electrolux - Wikipedia 22.574 billion kr (2019)[3]
Owner Investor AB (16.4%; 28.4% votes)[3]

Number of employees

Electrolux - Wikipedia 48,0969756783)[3]
Website electrolux.com

electroluxgroup.com

Electrolux AB, commonly referred to as simply Electrolux (Swedish: [ɛˈlɛ̂kːtrʊˌlɵks, ɛlɛktrʊˈlɵks]), is a Swedish multinational home appliance manufacturer, headquartered in Stockholm.[4] It is consistently ranked the world’s second largest appliance maker by units sold, after Whirlpool.[5]

Electrolux products sell under a variety of brand names (including its own), and are primarily major appliances and vacuum cleaners intended for consumer use.[6] The company also makes appliances for professional use.[7] Electrolux has a primary listing on the Stockholm Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the OMX Stockholm 30 index.

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History[edit]

The Autoluxlamp, a kerosene lamp manufactured by Lux and used in railway stations around the world in the early 20th century.

The company originates from a merger of two companies—Lux AB and Svenska Elektron AB, the former an established manufacturer and the latter a younger company founded by a former vacuum salesman who had also been an employee of the former firm.[8] The origins of Electrolux are closely tied to the vacuum, but today it also makes major appliances.

Sales company to major manufacturer[edit]

In 1919, a Svenska Elektron AB acquisition,[8] Elektromekaniska AB, became Elektrolux[9] (the spelling was changed to Electrolux in 1957).[10] It initially sold Lux branded vacuum cleaners in several European countries.[9]

In 1923, the company acquired AB Arctic and subsequently added absorption refrigerators to its product line.[11][12] Other appliances soon followed, including washing machines in 1951,[13] dishwashers in 1959,[13] and food service equipment in 1962.[14]

Mergers and acquisitions[edit]

The company has often and regularly expanded through mergers and acquisitions.

While Electrolux had bought several companies before the 1960s, that decade saw the beginnings of a new wave of M&A activity. The company bought ElektroHelios, Norwegian Elektra, Danish Atlas, Finnish Slev, and Flymo, et al., in the nine years from 1960 to 1969.[14] This style of growth continued through the 1990s, seeing Electrolux purchase scores[15] of companies including, for a time, Husqvarna.[15][16]

Hans Werthen[edit]

Hans Werthen, President and later chairman of the board, led the strategic core of an increasingly decentralized Electrolux—and was instrumental to its rapid growth.

Restructuring[edit]

While attempts to cut costs, centralise administration, and wring out economies of scale from Electrolux’s operations were made in the 1960s and 1970s[14][15] with the focus so firmly on growth,[15] further company-wide restructuring efforts only began in the late 1990s.[17]

A public company[edit]

Electrolux made an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange in 1928 (it was delisted in 2010)[18] and another on the Stockholm Stock Exchange in 1930.[12][19]

Currently, its shares trade on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Market and over-the-counter.[20] Electrolux is an OMX Nordic 40 constituent stock.

2000 to present[edit]

In North America, the Electrolux name was long used by vacuum cleaner manufacturer Aerus LLC, originally established to sell Swedish Electrolux products. In 2000, Aerus transferred trademark rights back to the Electrolux Group, and ceased using the Electrolux name in 2004.[21]

Conversely, Electrolux-made vacuums carried the Eureka brand name, which Electrolux continued to use while also selling Electrolux branded vacuums after 2000. Electrolux USA customer service maintains a database of Electrolux made vacuums and provides a link to Aerus’s website for the convenience of owners of Electrolux branded Aerus vacuums.[22]

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Keith McLoughlin took over as president and CEO on January 1, 2011, and became the company’s first non Swedish chief executive.

In August 2011, Electrolux acquired from Sigdo Koppers the Chilean appliance manufacturer CTI obtaining several brands with the purchase including: Fensa, Gafa, Mademsa and Somela.[23]

On February 6, 2017, Electrolux announced that it had agreed to acquire Anova Applied Electronics, Inc. (company),[24] the U.S.-based provider of the Anova Precision Cooker.[25][26]

Notable products[edit]

Electrolux Assistent, 1940.

  • 1919: The Lux vacuum is the first product Electrolux sells.
  • 1925: D, Electrolux’s first refrigerator, is an absorption model.[12]
  • 1937: Electrolux model 30 vacuum is unveiled.
  • 1940: Assistent (Swedish for assistant), the company’s only wartime consumer product,[19] is a mixer[27]/food processor.[28]
  • 1941: Charlton Automatic rifle Electrolux SMLE Model Lee–Enfield A replacement of the bren gun for the home guard soldiers, made from out of service lee-Enfield’s. New Zealander Philip Charlton who was a car mechanic designed the gun in Australia. Only 2 where ever made.</ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.forgottenweapons.com/light-machine-guns/charlton-australian-electrolux-variant/>
  • 1951: W 20, Electrolux’s first home washing machine, is manufactured in Gothenburg, Sweden.[19]
  • 1959: D 10, the company’s first dishwasher, is a counter top model nicknamed “round jar”.[13]
  • 2001: Launch of the Electrolux Trilobite, a robotic vacuum cleaner.[29]

Brands[edit]

An Electrolux canister vacuum cleaner

Electrolux sells under a wide variety of brand names worldwide. Most of them were acquired through mergers and acquisitions and only do business in a single country or geographic area. The following is an incomplete list.

Americas[edit]

  • Anova Applied Electronics, Inc.,[24] provider of the Anova Precision Cooker[25][26]
  • Electrolux ICON, premium consumer appliance brand sold in the US[30]
  • Eureka, American consumer vacuum cleaner brand, Sold to Midea, China in 2016[31]
  • Fensa, Chilean consumer appliance brand, widely available in Latin America.
  • Frigidaire, major appliance manufacturer.
  • Gafa, Argentinean appliance manufacturer.
  • Gibson, refrigerator and air conditioning manufacturer[32]
  • Mademsa, Chilean home appliance brand
  • Philco, former U.S. consumer electronics and appliance manufacturer for appliances, though brand name is also used separately for electronics by Philips
  • Sanitaire, commercial product division of Eureka
  • Somela, Chilean home appliance brand, available throughout Latin America[33]
  • Tappan, former U.S. appliance manufacturer
  • White-Westinghouse, former U.S. appliance manufacturer

Europe[edit]

  • Arthur Martin
  • AEG
  • Atlas (Denmark)[34]
  • Corberó (Spain)
  • Dometic, appliances for RV’s, also uses the Electrolux logo. Based in Sweden and owned by Dometic Group
  • Elektro Helios, manufacturer of consumer appliances for the Swedish market[35]
  • Faure, French consumer appliance maker[36]
  • Lehel, consumer appliance brand sold in Hungary and elsewhere
  • Marynen/Marijnen, consumer product brand sold in the Netherlands[37]
  • Parkinson Cowan, cooking appliances (United Kingdom)
  • Progress, vacuum cleaner brand sold throughout Europe[38]
  • REX-Electrolux, Italian appliance manufacturer[39]
  • Rosenlew, Finnish consumer product brand sold in Nordic countries[40]
  • Samus, Romanian producer of cooking stoves headquartered in Satu Mare[41]
  • Voss, premium consumer cooking appliance and equipment supplier in Denmark and elsewhere[42]
  • Zanker, consumer kitchen appliance brand sold in central Europe[43]
  • Zanussi, Italian appliance manufacturer that became part of Electrolux in 1984 [44]
  • Zanussi Professional, professional kitchen equipment manufacturer[45]
  • Zoppas, consumer products brand sold in Italy[46]

Oceania[edit]

  • Dishlex, a dishwasher brand sold in Australia (discontinued in August 2021)[47]
  • Kelvinator, an air conditioning and fridge freezer brand sold in Australia and elsewhere[48]
  • Simpson, previously sold Kitchen and laundry appliances, now they only sell laundry appliances. They are a brand sold in Australia and New Zealand [49]
  • Westinghouse, a kitchen appliance brand in Australia licensed from Westinghouse Electric Corp to Electrolux Home Products Pty Ltd.[50]

Middle East[edit]

  • King, Israeli kitchen appliance brand made by REX-Electrolux, an Italian Electrolux subsidiary[citation needed ].
  • Olympic Group, home appliance brand in Egypt
Global/other
  • Arthur Martin-Electrolux
  • Beam, Electrolux’s central vacuum brand[51]
  • Castor
  • Chef
  • Dito, professional food processing equipment[52]
  • Electrolux Laundry Systems
  • Electrolux Professional
  • Frigidaire, full range major appliance brand sold globally[53]
  • Juno-Electrolux, premium consumer kitchen appliance brand[54]
  • Molteni, professional stoves[55]
  • Tornado, vacuum cleaners and other consumer products[56]
  • Therma
  • Tricity Bendix
  • Volta, vacuum cleaner brand sold in Australia, Sweden and elsewhere[57]
  • Wascator, now under Electrolux Laundry Systems

Note: This list does not include brands such as Kenmore, IKEA and John Lewis, which may sell Electrolux produced appliances but are not owned by or affiliated with Electrolux, as Electrolux acts as an OEM for these brands.

Slogan[edit]

The company’s current international slogan is “Shape living for the Better”. In the past it used to be “Thinking of you”.[58] In the 1960s the company successfully marketed vacuums in the United Kingdom with the slogan “Nothing sucks like an Electrolux”.[59]

In the United States, it was frequently assumed that using this slogan was a brand blunder. In fact, the informal American meaning of the word sucks was already well known at the time in the United Kingdom, and the company hoped the slogan, with its possible double entendre, would gain attention.[60] In Indonesia, the Electrolux previous slogans as “Kalau saja semua seawet Electrolux” (English: If Only All Durable as Electrolux).

See also[edit]

  • Constructor Group AS, a former Electrolux subsidiary not involved in major appliance manufacture

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External links[edit]

  • Media related to Electrolux (company) at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official website
  • Official group website
  • American Electrolux – The Beginning, and the Early Years by Charles Richard Lester
  • Macedonia Electrolux – The Beginning, and the Early Years by Dimche Palenzo Electrolux

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