Vittorio Bertazzoni Sr founds SMEG (acronym for ‘Smalterie Metallurgiche Emiliane Guastalla’) in his birthplace, Guastalla (RE), operating throughout the provinces of Parma, Mantova and Reggio Emilia.
In 1955, SMEG presents its first own-brand cooker, the Elisabeth.
In 1963, Smeg launches LEDA, its first Smeg branded washing machine
In 1970, SMEG patents NIAGARA, the worlds first 14-place setting dishwasher, designed for large wash capacities.
In 1971, SMEG begins its production of built-in appliances, in particular ovens and hobs, the cornerstone products on which the company has built its history.
Smeg commissions Franco Maria Ricci to design a new logo. A designer and editor with a strong sense of art, he incorporates references to the burners of a gas hob and the round knobs of an oven.
Smeg sponsors the Ferrari Formular 1 team, which races with the legendary driver, Gilles Villeneuve.
In 1982, Smeg begins the production of professional ovens for Bars, Catering and food service. This would soon be followed by the production of professional dishwashers.
In 1985, the Smeg Instruments division is created, dedicated to hospitals, medical and dental labs.
Smeg begins to collaborate with internationally renowned architects and designers, including: Guido Canali, Mario Bellini, studio Piano Design, Marc Newson, Giancarlo Candeago.
The desire to break free from the anonymity of standard appliances leads Smeg to create a fridge with a distintive ‘50s retro design, in a variety of colours.
The FAB fridge range is created, which quickly become style icons and status symbols recognised worldwide.
SMEG Foodservice expands its range, introducing the first oven with 4-tray capacity (600x400mm) which can cook not just brioches, but also frozen baguettes.
Guido Canali designs the Smeg Headquarters, which receives the Honourable Mention of the “Gold Medal for Italian Architecture” Award in 2006.
The range is enriched by electronic ovens with greater cooking capacity, introducing ovens with a 6- and 10-tray capacity, for both 600x400mm and GN 1/1 trays, with or without humidification and with counter rotating fan.
From the SMEG design studios, the first professional dishwasher is born. The following years see the production of SWT glasswashers and double basket FRESH WATER system dishwashers, allowing simultaneous washing of mixed and diversified loads.
In 2010, the first 600 hood type dishwasher was developed, model CWC600, for the Professional division.
Smeg hood type dishwashers guarantee hygienic cleaning of all types of crockery including plates, fine glassware and cutlery.
SMEG and Italia Independent join forces to create a unique denim covered FAB28 fridge.
In the years to come, the two would cross paths again with the fashion world thanks to the collaboration with Dolce&Gabbana.
In 2014, Smeg launches the small appliance line. Inspired by the style of the famous FAB28 Fridge, the small appliances are designed by the deepdesign studio, by Raffaella Mangiarotti and Matteo Bazzicalupo.
SMEG Foodservice presents the new patented Steam Heat Recovery S.H.R.+ system, available on the Hood type professional dishwasher in the Topline series, which received the SMART LABEL, an important recognition of innovation in the hospitality sector promoted by HOST - Fiera Milano in collaboration with POLI.design.
SMEG announces the acquisition of La Pavoni, an historical Milanese company known for its production of coffee machines since 1905. La Pavoni transforms coffee machines into luxury items and works of art, promoting the “Made in Italy” concept throughout the world with products that combine quality and design.
Smeg presents the Bartolomeo oven. Designed to experience excellence in the kitchen, innovating the culinary tradition through the simplicity of technology.