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Husqvarna: 325 Years of Swedish Engineering

The world’s largest producer of outdoor power products is celebrating its 325th anniversary.

The small village Huskvarna in southern Sweden gave the company its name and its headquarters is still located there. Husqvarna started in 1689 as a weapon factory, producing rifles for the Swedish crown. In 1867 this contract ran out and Husqvarna expanded its product range and started producing sewing machines, hunting weapons, wood stoves, mincing machines, bicycles, motorcycles, gas stoves, microwave ovens and much more. From the 1960s on, Husqvarnaspecialized in outdoor power products like chainsaws, lawn mowers and hedge trimmers. Now the company is the largest producer of motorized tools. According to Husqvarna their secret to success is constant passion for innovation, the urge to develop and improve. Net sales in 2013 amounted to SEK 30 billion, and the Group had 14,000 employees on average in more than 40 countries, their products are sold in over 100 countries. 

Kai Wärn, President and CEO for Husqvarna Group states: “As we look into the future we will continue to deliver high performing products and solutions building on our values of entrepreneurial spirit and staying close to our customers.” 

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