The ASKO story began in the small farming community of Jung, Sweden in the late 1950s. Rural life was hard. And while some only dreamt of an easier existence, others had the drive and imagination to turn it into a reality.
A young farmer called Karl-Erik Anderson watched his mother washing clothes by hand, day after day. It was hard work – cold, wet and heavy. To ease her burden, Karl-Erik decided to design and build a washer that not only reflected his love for his mother but also his respect for nature. The result was a machine like no other. Not only did it make clothes much cleaner while using less energy, it could also heat water and spin. It was designed with a stainless steel drum and stood steady on four cast-iron legs. The machine was revolutionary, and the results extraordinary. So extraordinary, that Karl-Erik was encouraged to share his invention with others, so that everyone could benefit. And he did by building a world-class engineering and manufacturing facility right there on the family farm.
This act of care and love marked the beginning of ASKO. More than 70 years later, we are still driven by the same values and same desire to design and build products that make life easier and better for everyone. Products that care for you, and the world around you.
1950 Karl-Erik Anderson invents his own washing machine. The workshop Junga is established in Sweden.
1958 A new top-loading and semi-automatic washing machine is shown at the Swedish Fair in Gothenburg, followed by its industrial production.
1965 The fully automatic front-loading washing machine and compact dishwasher are introduced.
1967 Appliances’ export starts.
1970 The first floor standing dishwasher is introduced.
1975 The tumble dryer is introduced.
1979 SensiDry™, patented moisture sensor solution for dryers, is launched.
1982 First Professional laundry products are launched.
1984 The washing machines as we know today are introduced with the innovative Quattro Construction™ and Steel Seal™ platforms having four shock absorbers and a direct?connecting door, and no springs.
1988 Super Cleaning System™ is introduced on dishwashers. Asko is the first brand to introduce the fully electronic dishwasher.
1992 The introduction of washing machine 20003 with a world’s first for a domestic machine frequency converter (FU) brushless motor.
2006 ASKO becomes the first brand with a design co-ordinated Laundry Care concept on the market.
2007 ASKO launches Hidden Helpers as a part of the Laundry Care concept. First XXL dishwasher with four level racks is launched on the market by ASKO. Time Program is another patented solution launched in the ASKO dishwashers.
2008 ASKO launches the Sense Series, its first design co-ordinated cooking range.
2014 ASKO launches Pro Series, its first fully design co-ordinated and own produced cooking range. New ASKO Brand and R&D Dishwasher competence center is opened in Lidköping, Sweden.
2015 The ASKO Elements design co-ordinated cooking range is launched.
2016 The ASKO Craft design co-ordinated cooking range is launched.
2017 The ASKO Pro Home Laundry range is launched. The ASKO Pro Home Laundry concept is awarded with the Red Dot Best of the Best prize.
2018 Red Dot Award 2018 for ASKO Elements Coffee Machine CM8478G, Built-in fridge R31842I and built-in freezer FN31842I. European Product Design Award for ASKO Laundry Care System and Dishwasher DBI1654IG.
2019 Red Dot Award 2019 for ASKO Tumble dryer T600HX available in two colours and several different specifications. Good Design Award 2019 for ASKO Elements ovens.
2020 iF DESIGN AWARD 2020 for ASKO Elements ceiling hood CCT1252W and built-in hood CBB862W.
2021 ASKO Elements wine climate cabinet is awarded with iF GOLD AWARD 2021. ASKO Celsius°Cooking™ induction hobs and smart cookware system wins iF DESIGN AWARD 2021. Connect Life platform is introduced for the ASKO professional range of washers and dryers.
2022 Selected ASKO DW60 dishwasher models were granted the iF DESIGN AWARD 2022. iF DESIGN AWARD 2022 for ASKO Elevate™ Induction cooktop with hood HIHD854MM.
2023 ASKO Elements Undercounter Wine Climate Cabinet is granted the iF DESIGN AWARD 2023.