Research and Innovation
The global research and development activities are fully integrated into Electrolux Professional’s operating segments. The R&D organizations are specialized according to both products and missions, aiming for less mechanical and more electronic and digitally enabled appliance content. All R&D organizations are supervised by a global R&D officer to ensure clarity on the strategic direction. Each reportable segment operates specific competence centers, which lead the respective R&D processes and set corresponding guidelines. The principal centers are located in Italy, Sweden and the United States.
Electrolux Professional contributes a significant amount of resources into its global R&D activities. During the years 2017–2019, our expenditure for R&D has totaled SEK 1.2 bn, corresponding to 4.4 percent of net sales per year during the period.
Electrolux Professional focuses the R&D efforts to address several market trends including:
- Digitalization of appliances
- Appliance connectivity
- Appliance agility
These trends aim to simplify customers’ appliance handling experience and improve product speed and efficiency. Sustainability and minimizing environmental impact is another key focus area and the we strive to produce more energy and resource efficient solutions. Focus on appliance digitalization, connectivity and agility is centered around new technology that can improve the offering in an economically and environmentally constructive way. The ambition is to address customers’ increased requirements for flexible machines with low running costs.