Husqvarna is a huge company and a highly trusted brand for many people. It is a company that sells myriad products such as lawn movers, sewing machines, chainsaws, garden tractors, string trimmers, and lot more.
This company manufactures products for both commercial use and consumer use. It is more than 300 hundred years old and has a rich and fascinating history. Despite having a fascinating history, very few people know about the history of Husqvarna. In this short blog post, I will try to lay out the history of Husqvarna. It’s journey from the beginning to the present day.
Husqvarna was founded in the year 1689, about 328 years from now in Huskvarna city in Sweden. It was a weapons factory which produced rifles and had around one thousand employees working for it initially. This company produced shotguns for about 300 years, lasting till 1989.
During the 19th century, it started producing sewing machines, kitchen equipment such as stoves and ovens, and bicycles. This was mainly because machines it had for manufacturing weapons for highly suitable for making sewing machines. It had several patents on its name and it produced the bicycles till the end of 1962. The sewing machines operation was divested in the year 1997 and the Husqvarna sewing machines are now being produced by VSM Group.
At the start of 20th century, it started producing Husqvarna motorcycles which were a huge success for the company. The first Husqvarna motorcycle could reach the speed of four to five kilometres per hour which was an impressive feat for that time.
Around the 1930s, Husqvarna’s engines were being used for highly successful track racing and motocross bikes. It got titles in the motocross world championship game in 1959 and 1960. In 1986, the company sold its motorcycle division to Cagiva, which was later to become part of KTM family.
During the same time, Husqvarna started manufacturing a range of other products such as lawn movers, chainsaws, power cutters, demolition robots, snowblowers, leaf blowers, trimmer line, tilling machines, safety equipment, and chainsaw chains.
Husqvarna was acquired by Electrolux in 1978 and it was spun off by as a separate company again in 2006.
This was my best attempt at laying out the entire history of Husqvarna. The information presented in this blog post is highly interesting if you are a business history nerd like me. After more than 300 years of its existence, the company is still growing strong in the consumer durables industry.
As of now, the company employs more than fourteen thousand employees and has an income of SEK 414m. The success of the company can be certainly attributed to its continued innovation and venturing into new markets. The journey of Husqvarna can be a lesson for any business owner that is looking to build a business that lasts for decades if not centuries.