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