Below a few words on De’Longhi`s history:
De’ Longhi Group, or De’ Longhi S.p.A, is a major European small appliance manufacturer based in Treviso, Italy.
The company was founded by the De’ Longhi family in 1902 as a small industrial parts manufacturing workshop. The company incorporated in 1950. Historically a major producer of portable heaters and air conditioners, the company has expanded to include nearly every category of small domestic appliances in the food preparation and cooking, as well as household cleaning and ironing, segments. De’ Longhi is especially well known for the Artista Series espresso machines and Pinguino portable air conditioner.
De’ Longhi is renown for their design, which they describe as drawing from the rich heritage of Italian design. Their Esclusivo line of kitchen appliances won the prestigious Red Dot design award in 2007. Additionally, Home Furnishing News recognized De’ Longhi Design Director Giocomo Borin as one of the 50 most influential designers in the world in 2006.
De’ Longhi’s 2001 acquisition of the struggling British appliance maker Kenwood Limited gave De’ Longhi access to Kenwood’s Chinese factory. As a result, many of De’ Longhi’s products are now made in China, while design and engineering remains in Italy.
In all, De’ Longhi operates thirteen production facilities and thirty international subsidiaries supporting sales to seventy five countries worldwide. International sales account for nearly 75 percent of the group’s total revenues, which topped EUR 1.25 billion ($1.5 billion) in 2003.
Traded in Milan’s stock exchange (BIT: DLG), the company has over 5,870 employees worldwide.