Husqvarna Group

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    Husqvarna Group is a world leading producer of outdoor power products including chainsaws, trimmers, robotic lawn mowers and garden tractors.

    The Group is also the European leader in garden watering products and a world leader in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. The Group’s products and solutions are sold under brands including Husqvarna, Gardena, McCulloch, Poulan Pro, Weed Eater, Flymo, Zenoah and Diamant Boart via dealers and retailers to end-customers in more than 100 countries. Net sales in 2014 amounted to SEK 33 billion, and the Group had more than 14,000 employees in 40 countries.

    Product categories

    The product offering covers a wide spectrum of applications for consumers and professional users within the following product categories:

    • Wheeled products – Riders, garden tractors, zero-turn mowers, lawn mowers, tillers and snow throwers.
    • Electric products – Robotic mowers, electric- and battery powered handheld and wheeled products.
    • Handheld products – Petrol-powered chainsaws, trimmers, clearing saws, blowers and hedge trimmers.
    • Watering & hand tools – Water-hoses, couplings, sprinklers, water controls, pumps and hand tools.
    • Accessories – Accessories and replacement parts such as cutting equipment, lubricants, safety equipment and clothing.
    • Construction products – Power cutters, demolition robots, drilling equipment, wall- and wire saws, tile saws, floor grinders and all related diamond tools. Diamond tools for stone.
    Core brands

    Husqvarna and Gardena are the Group’s core brands but there are also additional regional brands.[/td_text_with_title]

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    The Husqvarna Group (Swedish pronunciation: [²hʉːskvɑːɳa ˈɡruːp]) is a manufacturer of outdoor power products including chainsaws, trimmers, brushcutters, cultivators, garden tractors, and mowers. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the Group also produces consumer watering products, cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries.[2]

    Husqvarna Group sponsors the Swedish ice hockey club HV71 and several local community engagement projects around the world.[3]

    History

    1689 - Rifle factory The drillingwork at the waterfalls in Husqvarna, southern Sweden, is the first large plant. The state-owned rifle factory had some 1,000 employees at the beginning of the 18th century. The company was spun off from Husqvarna Vapenfabriks Aktiebolag in 1959. Shotguns were produced for 300 years, the last in 1989.

    1872 - Sewing machines When demand declined, it turned out that the machinery for production of rifles was well-suited for producing sewing machines. The operations was divested in 1997 and Husqvarna-branded sewing machines are now produced by the VSM Group.

    1874 - Kitchen equipment in cast iron Husqvarna starts a foundry to produce details for sewing machines, a large part being the base frames. Soon the assortment was broadened to include such products as kitchen equipment in cast-iron and later on stoves and ovens.

    1896 - Bicycles Bicycle production begins in the Huskvarna factory. Several patents are registered. The last bicycle is produced in 1962.

    1903 - Motorcycles The first motorcycle, which could reach the impressive speed of 4–5 km/hour, was produced in 1903. Starting in the 1930s, Husqvarna's lightweight engines helped make some successful track racing and motocross bikes. Husqvarna's first titles in Motocross World Championship came in 1959 and 1960. The operation was divested in 1987 and is since 2013 part of the KTM family.

    1919 - Lawn mowers When Husqvarna acquired Norrahammars bruk, the product range expands to heating boilers and lawn mowers. The first test with a lawn mower powered by an engine was done in 1947.

    1959 - Chainsaws As demand for bicycles, mopeds and motorcycles declines, forestry becomes increasingly important. The expertise in engines is now utilized in new areas and the first chainsaw is produced in 1959.

    1968 - Power cutters A saw rebuilt to a power cutter in 1968 was the starting point of what today is the business area Husqvarna Construction.

    1978 - Electrolux acquired Husqvarna

    1986 - Motorcycle division sold to Cagiva

    1995 - Robotic lawn mowers The world's first solar powered robotic lawn mower was launched. Sales of robotic mowers did not take-off until 15 years later. Presently, the robotic lawnmowers feature automation.

    1999 - Husqvarna acquires Yazoo/Kees Husqvarna acquires Nebraska-based lawn mower manufacturer Yazoo/Kees.[4]

    2006 - On its own feet The company was spun off by Electrolux.

    2007 - Acquisitions of strong brands The acquisition of Gardena in 2007 made the Husqvarna Group the European leader in consumer watering products. Acquiring Zenoah brought a strong brand and geographical expansion in Japan.

    2008 - Expanded presence in China The acquisition of Jenn Feng and the construction of a new plant for chainsaws and other handheld products gave expanded presence in Asia.

    2009 - Demolition robot Husqvarna launches its first remote-controlled demolition robot.

    2013 - Chainsaw chains Decision is made to invest in a new production facility for chainsaw chains in Huskvarna.

    Ongoing - Husqvarna develops and sells snowblowers which have been unable to reach "automated robot" status in comparison to the robotic lawnmower line.

    Brands

    A Husqvarna 350 chainsaw.

    Husqvarna owns several brands:[5]

    Over the years, Husqvarna has manufactured products for retailers, including Sears.

    References

    1. ^ http://www.husqvarnagroup.com/en/fact-sheet
    2. ^ http://husqvarnagroup.com/en/about
    3. ^ Husqvarna Group Annual Report 2013
    4. ^ "Before Husqvarna, Kees had strong Beatrice presence". beatricedailysun.com. May 29, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
    5. ^ "More on brands". Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
    source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Husqvarna_Group[/td_text_with_title]