1901. AB Lux, Stockholm, is established. The company launches the Lux lamp - a kerosene lamp for outdoor use - which proves to be a tremendous sales success.Read more
Elektromekaniska is established in Stockholm.
Collaboration between Lux and Axel Wenner-Gren begins. Their first vacuum cleaner, the Lux 1, is produced at Lilla Essingen. Axel Wenner-Gren becomes the agent for Lux in Germany, United Kingdom and France.
Home sales begin in Sweden. The salesmen, who pull the heavy machines through the streets on hand-carts, must arrange a demonstration time when the housewife can promise that her husband/breadwinner will be home to approve the investment.
Axel Wenner-Gren sets up the sales company Svenska Elektron (later Finans AB Svetro). The method of home demonstration and hire purchase becomes increasingly well-established and proves a great success.
On October 30, 1917, Elektron (In which Axel Wenner.Gren owns a large interest) purchases all the shares of Elektromekaniska. Wenner-Gren is elected member of the board of Elektromekaniska and likewise, Sven Carlstedt joins the board of Elektron.
Elektron and Lux sign a cooperative agreement for the following:
- Lux is to take over operations of Svenska Elektron, increasing its share capital from
SEK 3 million to SEK 4 million.
- Svenska Elektron, which had previously bought Elektromekaniska, is to buy 49% of the shares of AB Lux. Wenner-Gren and Carlstedt are elected to the board of Lux. Wenner-Gren is appointed CEO and Carlstedt is appointed technical director.
On August 1, an agreement is reached between AB Lux and Svenska Elektron AB (in which Wenner-Gren is the dominating owner) giving Elektron the sole sales rights to AB Lux vacuum cleaners. The agreement, which is valid through 1929, obligates Elektron to buy its vacuum cleaners from Lux and show Lux the manufacturer on all the vacuum cleaners.
At the Annual General Meeting on August 29, Elektromekaniska AB (wholly owned by Wenner-Gren-dominated Elektron) changes its name to AB Electrolux. The new name is a combination of Elektromekaniska and Lux.
Electrolux history time line
1921. Model V is launched. It is regarded as the first step towards an easy to use vacuum cleaner for ordinary homes.Read more
1930. The first built-in refrigerator is launched, a compact product for the kitchenette in the small, modern apartments of the time.Read more
1940. World War II paralyzes many Electrolux plants and subsidiary companies. The Group reorganizes some of its production for employment reasons and produces air filters for the Swedish defense forces.Read more
1950. Electrolux begins producing vacuum cleaners and floor polishers in São Paolo, Brazil.Read more
1962. ElektroHelios is acquired for SEK 36 million. This company, which was set up in 1919, has 2,500 employees.Read more
1971. The commercial cleaning service is established as a result of new company acquisitions. A face-lift for white goods takes place. There is a trend towards new colors.Read more
1980. Electrolux makes an important acquisition. The metal conglomerate Gränges is purchased (mines, steel works, aluminum and copper, vehicle safety belts) for SEK 725 million.Read more
1990. Outdoor products extends its range by acquiring the US company, Allegretti & Co., which manufactures products such as battery-driven garden tools.Read more
2000. The Group buys back the rights to the Electrolux brand in North America, which was sold in 1968.Read more