Statement: In 1950, an enterprising young Swedish farmer named Karl-Erik Andersson set out to build his mother a different kind of washer - unique, energy- and water-efficient. One with superior cleaning power and reliability that could heat water, spin, and even boast durable, state-of-the-art, stainless steel drums. Today, his company, Asko, is an international corporation with a full line of high-performance washers, dryers and dishwashers. Asko appliances still do a better job of cleaning with a fraction of the water, electricity and detergent of ordinary machines. Every component is constructed of steel rather than plastic wherever possible. And every Asko product is still built with Scandinavian quality and environmental sensitivity. In short, Asko appliances are some of the best-performing, most ecology-friendly, and longest lasting on earth.