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Vacuum cleaner. Exhibit at the Bakelite Museum.
May 1931.
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November 1957. Refrigerator.
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1961. Dishwasher.
1961. Laundry Equipment.
November 1961. Refrigerators.
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of Luton, Bedfordshire

of 153/5 Regent Street, London, W1. Telephone: Regent 6080. Telegraphic Address: "Electrolux, Piccy, London". (1937)

Ditto Address and Cables. Telephone: Regent 5252. Works: Luton, Beds. (1947)

The Electrolux Group is a Swedish corporation which manufactures home appliances and appliances for professional use, selling more than 40 million products to customers in 150 countries every year.

1910 Electrolux was founded as Elektromekaniska AB.

1919 The name changed to Elektrolux after merging with Lux AB. (The direct selling division of Electrolux retained the name "Lux", and is now an independent company).

1921 Private company.

1926 Company made public.

1929 Reconverted to a private company.

1928 The company was organized as a holding company and grew rapidly during the 1970s under the leadership of Hans Werthén.

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Electrolux Gas Refrigerators operate by a tiny gas flame, automatically, in permanent silence. Ask your Gas Company for details. Paraffin oil-operated models supplied for country dwellings, yachts, etc. (Stand No. Ca.606) [1]

WWII Manufactured parts for the De Havilland Mosquito. [2]

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Internal Dustbag-Type quiet Suction Cleaners. Model Z.30 production to commence in June 1947. Models Z.25 and U.116 available now. Complete with all accessories. Guaranteed Two Years. (Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 712) [3]

1957 The spelling was changed to Electrolux.

1961 Manufacturers of refrigerators, suction cleaners and floor polishers. 4,200 employees. [4]

1988 Electrolux took over the appliance division of Thorn EMI which brought with it brands including Tricity, Bendix, and Parkinson Cowan gas cookers[5].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1937 British Industries Fair p358
  2. Mosquito by C. Martin Sharp and Michael J. F. Bowyer. Published by Crecy Books in 1995. ISBN 0-947554-41-6
  3. 1947 British Industries Fair p93
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  5. The Times, January 02, 1988