Nimo was founded on 2 May 1944 in Jönköping, Sweden. In the very beginning the company manufactured stainless steel products like laundry gutters, urinals, and interior fittings for kitchen and restaurants. During this time, Nimo also became the first producer of stainless steel wash basins.
In the end of 1945, 3,000 washbasins a month were produced at Nimo’s factory. At the same time Nimo became the market leading bathtub producer.
In the 50´s Nimo became one of the major washing machine manufacturers in Sweden. The company also acquired rights to start manufacturing drying cabinets. This made way for Nimo’s current position as the world’s leading manufacturer of drying cabinets.In 1959, the company had grown from the existing factory and began to build a new factory in Hova, which was completed by 1960.
The production of drying cabinets and washbasins started 1961-1962. In both areas, Nimo was a pioneer and the new products proved successful immediately. A few years later, production was at 20,000 washbasins per year when demand was at its highest.
During the 1970´s, Nimo emerged as a leading manufacturer of drying cabinets, both under its own name and as a white label to other brands. The volume increase led to a sharp rise in revenue which amounted to 30 million SEK in the late 70’s.
In the early 1980´s, Nimo enjoyed strong expansion, especially on the export market.In 1988, Nimo invested heavily in a new powder coating. This meant a major environmental improvement for both the company and the environment in Hova. Emissions of solvents decreased from 50 tons per year to near zero.
During the second half of the 1980´s, there was a strong volume growth and sales increased to more than 100 million SEK in the late 80’s.
New arms legislation at the end of 1992 inspired Nimo to start manufacturing safety cabinets for weapons.Demand was huge: previously, there were no security cabinets on the market and in the first year, Nimo sold all the inventory that the company could manufacture.In 1998, Timo Taiminen took over as CEO.
Nimo introduced the proprietary energy-efficient ETS 600 drying cabinet, and in 2002 Nimo invests in a fully automated production line that served as the prerequisites for increased productivity. A collaboration with Whirlpool was initiated and Nimo began exporting drying cabinets to the United States. Export of drying cabinet starts to gain momentum and Marketing Manager PG Johansson brings home the company’s largest order yet to South Korea. In 2008, the first eco-model launched, then named D8. The model had electronic control with sensor automation.
In 2010, Nimo acquired Tenexa, who manufactured dehumidifiers and heat pump technology. This allowed Nimo to develop the market with energy efficient and environmentally friendly drying cabinets further.
For two years, Nimo developed a drying cabinet based on heat pump technology, and in spring 2013 Nimo HP was launched. The launch was a big success and in the first year over 1000 HP drying cabinets were sold.
In 2016, Nimo delivered over 22 000 drying cabinets to customers and resellers around the world. Sales of the company’s most energy-saving product, Eco Dryer 2.0 HP exceeded 3000 units, an increase of over 50 percent compared with the previous year.