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 Lidköping, Sweden.

    2015

    ASKO launches Elements kitchen series

    2016

    ASKO launches Craft kitchen series

    2017

    ASKo launches Pro Home Laundry series

    2017

    ASKO Pro Home Laundry series receives the Red Dot - Best of the best award