images 10 1934 Woolf and Maurice

Company founded in Auckland by Woolf Fisher and Maurice Paykel to import Crosley refrigerators, Maytag washing machines and Pilot mantle radios.


Sales agreement signed with Kelvinator Corporation, Detroit.

bullet 1939 Lorne Street Factory

Manufacture of refrigerators and wringer washing machines.

bullet 1953

Installation of first washing machine conveyer line.

images 5 1955 Fisher & Paykel Plant

First stage of Mt Wellington plant starts production of refrigeration and laundry products.

bullet 1956 shacklack store

Manufacture of rotary clothes dryers designed and patented by company. Formed association with HE Shacklock, Dunedin.

images 5 1957

Allied Industries Ltd established to manufacture Murphy radios and radiograms and later (1960) television receivers. This was the forerunner of Fisher & Paykel Electronics.

bullet 1958

Fisher & Paykel open a London office.

bullet 1965

Agreement signed with Matsushita Electric for sole distributorship in New Zealand.

bullet 1966 Champion Spark Plugs

Head Office moved to Mt Wellington. Champion Spark Plug New Zealand established. Allied Industries began manufacturing Waikato electric fence controllers.

bullet 1969

Allied Industries began manufacturing television tubes.

bullet 1970

First respiratory humidifier sold.

bullet 1971 Panasonic Range

Agreement with Matsushita Electric for marketing and eventual manufacture of National Panasonic products. Manufacture of respiratory humidifier(the beginnings of Healthcare).

images 6 1972

East Tamaki refrigerator manufacturing plant opens.

bullet 1974

One millionth refrigerator and one millionth laundry unit produced. Allied Industries build new factory in Mangere.

image 4 1975 Maurice Paykel

Sir Woolf Fisher dies. Maurice Paykel appointed chairman and managing director.

bullet 1976

Fisher & Paykel Customer Services Ltd established. Don Rowlands appointed general manager and subsequently managing director. Assembly of National Panasonic televisions.

bullet 1977

Medical Division formed.

bullet 1979

Listed on New Zealand Stock Exchange.

bullet 1980

Exports one millionth appliance.

bullet 1981 Fisher & Paykel Range

HE Shacklock Ltd becomes wholly owned. Microcomputer Electronic Company established. Shareholding in Henderson & Pollard.

bullet 1982

Fisher & Paykel Medical established in United States. Twentieth anniversary of association with Matsushita Electric. Applied Technology (Healthcare) transferred to National Allied at Carbine Road.

bullet 1984

Fiftieth anniversary. Prince Philip Design Award refrigerators launched. MR500 Medical Humidifier finalist for Prince Philip Design Award. Takes 50% interest in Isothermal Systems Inc.

bullet 1985 Gentle Annie

Launch of Gentle Annie, world's first use of a brushless DC motor in a washing machine.

bullet 1986

Official opening of range and dishwasher division's new building at Taieri, Dunedin.

bullet 1987 Fisher Paykel Truck

Launch of Fisher & Paykel Appliance brand in Australia. Equiticorp acquires major shareholding (23% at $5 per share). Acquired Australian medical distribution company Medcor, now Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Pty Ltd. Created Fisher & Paykel Electronics Ltd, formerly Allied Products Division.

bullet 1988 Fisher Paykel Yacht

Launch of Fisher & Paykel New Zealand maxi yacht entrant in the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race.

bullet 1989 The Australian Plant

Construction commenced on first off-shore major appliance facility in Cleveland, Queensland, Australia. Equiticorp's 30% shareholding placed with friendly investors. Medical Division renamed Healthcare Division.

bullet 1990

Production of first Australian manufactured refrigerator. Electronic Division ceased assembly of colour televisions. Sale of investment in New Zealand Steel to BHP Steel consortium.

bullet 1991 East Tamaki Plant

Opening of new plants at East Tamaki and Cleveland. Launch of the SmartDrive autowasher. International sales exceeded 30% of trading revenue. Gentle Annie voted Product of the Year and Fisher & Paykel voted Supplier of the Year for the second year running by the Australian Appliance Industry in Mingay's magazine.

bullet 1992-1993 Smart Care Logo

International sales increase by 54% to exceed $200m for first time. Whiteware sales in Australia exceed 150,000 units. Launch of Fisher & Paykel brand in the European market at Domo-technica Appliance Trade Fair, Cologne, Germany.

bullet 1994-1995

Fisher & Paykel exports to over eighty countries. Healthcare international sales remain at over 90% of Healthcare turnover. Whiteware sales in New Zealand increase to 260,000 units.

bullet 1997-1998

DishDrawer, the unique double drawer dishwasher launched.

bullet 1998-1999 Refrigerator Assembly Line

Major restructuring announced to focus on core businesses of Whiteware, Healthcare and Finance.

bullet 1999-2000

Record group profit of $54.4m, exceeds $50m for the first time. International revenue of $551.4m exceeds 70% of total trading revenue. Healthcare revenue grows by 20.8% to exceed $140m for the first time.

bullet 2001-2002

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Ltd and Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings Ltd become 2 separately listed companies in November 2001.

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