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Chronology brand IKEA

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The name «IKEA» stands for «Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd», ie the founder's name and the name of two villages in which he lived.

1926
In the south of Sweden, in Småland, born founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad.

1943

IKEA Kamprad registered company that was selling pencils, wallet and other small items. IKEA name consists of the first letters of the following words: Ingvar Kamprad, Elmtaryud, Agunnaryd. Elmtaryud - the name of the farm, Agunnaryd - the name of the parish, where he grew up Ingvar Kamprad.

1945

The local newspaper had the first IKEA store advertising.

1947

The range of IKEA furniture first appeared.

1951

It published the first printed IKEA catalog, containing mainly furniture production.

1952

At the annual fair of St. Frik in Stockholm, IKEA presents its furniture at sensationally low prices.

1953

Opened the first trading room of furniture trade in Älmhult.

1955

IKEA launches its own models of furniture.

1956

IKEA first began to deliver the goods in flat packs. This is the basis of low prices IKEA.

1958

Opened the first IKEA store in Älmhult, Sweden. The company has already 100 employees.

1959

At the IKEA store in Älmhult has opened restaurant for those wishing to eat and guests from afar visitors.

1963

The first IKEA store outside Sweden opens in Norway, the Oslo suburb.

1964

Through the introduction of quality control systems in the Swedish store "Housing" IKEA achieves a leading position in the rankings. In the same year, thanks to advances Designers are starting to sell the first chairs that shoppers themselves. He begins selling chair Oglala new design at a lower price.

1965

In Stockholm, open to visitors IKEA store "Kungens Kurva". It has a self-service warehouse, allowing customers to save money and time. The building is round shape resembles the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

1969

The first store opens in Denmark.

1973

Opened first store outside Scandinavia, in the vicinity of Zurich, Switzerland. Today it is the largest IKEA store.

1974

Opened store in Germany, Munich.

1975

Store in Australia.

1976

Shop in Canada.

1977

Shops in Austria.

1978

IKEA opened its first store in Singapore. BILLY Bookcase becomes part of the IKEA product range.

1979

Shop in the Netherlands.

1980

Store in the Canary Islands. Put into production sofa KLIPPAN - born with a classical trade IKEA brand.

1981

Stores in France and Iceland. "Working with IKEA" - the beginning of the development and manufacture of office furniture.

1983

In 6000 IKEA employees. Score
in Saudi Arabia.

1984

Opened stores in Belgium and Kuwait.

1985

Opens its first store in the US IKEA network.

1986

Anders Muberg replaced as president of the IKEA Group founder Ingvar Kamprad.

1987

Shops in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.

1989

Shops in Italy.

1990

Stores in Poland and Hungary.

1991

Stores in Czech Republic and the United Arab Emirates. IKEA Group acquires its own sawmills and plants that give rise to Swedwood, the industrial group of IKEA.

1992

The first IKEA stores opens in Mallorca
and in Slovakia. In Delft, Holland opens trial IKEA store.

1993

The network IKEA stores in 114 25 countries.

1994

Shop in Taiwan.

1995

Launched the first collection of IKEA / PS.

1996

Stores in Spain, Finland and Malaysia.

1997

IKEA for children - put into production a whole line of products for children. IKEA creates its first website on the Internet (www.IKEA.com).

1998

It opens the first IKEA store in China.

1999

IKEA incorporates more than 53 000 29 servants in countries across continents 4. The number of stores exceeds 150. Anders Dahlvig replaces Anders Muberga as President of IKEA Group.

2000

The opening of the first store in Russia, 22 March Khimki.

2001

The opening of a second store in Russia, 12 December Teply Stan.

2002

IKEA founds its own railway company IKEA Rail to transport their goods.

2003

IKEA is celebrating its anniversary 60-! The opening of a third store in Russia, 12 December Saint-Petersburg (Dybenko).

2004

The opening of the fourth store in Russia, 22 March Kazan.

2010

Ten years of presence of IKEA in Russia.


Based on materials from IKEA.

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