It gradually extended its range of home appliances under the Ariston brand. On the death of its founder in 1970, the company was split into three separate and independent businesses: Merloni Elettrodomestici, the former home appliances division, chaired by Vittorio Merloni, Merloni Termosanitari, headed by Francesco Merloni, and the engineering division, led by Antonio Merloni.
In 1985, Merloni Elettrodomestici acquired Indesit, its great rival on the Italian market but also having a certain international presence. Two years after this the company was listed on the stock exchange.
In February 2005, Merloni Elettrodomestici was renamed Indesit Company, Indesit being the best known of the Group’s brands outside Italy. The Company was also operating under its “historic” brand, Ariston, and the regional brands Hotpoint, Scholtes and Stinol.
At the beginning of 2007, Indesit Company launched the Group’s new brand architecture, in which Hotpoint merged with Ariston to form the Hotpoint-Ariston brand.
In 2007, Indesit Company’s share of the European “white goods” market (ovens, fridges, hobs, dishwashers and washing machines) was around 14%, with consolidated sales of over €3.4 billion and an annual production of around 16 million appliances sold in 36 countries.
Indesit has 17 production plants, located in Italy and other European and non-European countries, and employs over 17,000 people.