History

1941: Figgjo Kraftselskap AS is founded by Harald Lima and Sigurd Figved

1946: The first tunnel kiln is put into operation – and is still in use today as a glaze kiln
Ragnar Grimsrud is employed – dominates product development at Figgjo for several decades
Finnish designers participate in product development

1947: Conversion to glazed earthenware production

1949: The company changes its name to Figgjo Fajanse

1951: First export sales to Denmark and England

1960: Conversion to production of vitro porcelain – specially developed for hospitality industry

1961: Launch of Figgjo 35, developed by Ragnar Grimsrud

1968: Figgjo Fajanse merges with the company’s strongest competitor, Stavangerflint AS

1969: Figgjo receives its first Award for Design Excellence for Figgjo 35

1974: Merger negotiations are entered into with Porsgrunds Porselænsfabrik… and terminated!

1979: Stavangerflint is closed down and all production is undertaken at Figgjo
The company changes its name to Figgjo AS

1983: Olav Joa is employed and quickly becomes Figgjo’s product development manager
Olav plays a central role in developing Figgjo from functionally-focused products
to originals featuring classic designs

1987: Figgjo Klassik and Figgjo Relieff are launched

1988: Figgjo Plaza is launched; developed in collaboration with Oslo Plaza

1991: Figgjo celebrates its 50th anniversary and the factory outlet is upgraded

1994: Figgjo is certified in accordance with the ISO 9001 quality system
Figgjo decides to focus exclusively on products for the professional market

1995: Figgjo Verde is launched, marketing Figgjo as a design company

1996: Stavanger Investering AS – owned by Ole Rugland – acquires Figgjo

1997: Figgjo Europa is launched
Figgjo uses pressure casting as a production technique

1998: The Gastronorm series is re-launched, adapted to the Gastronorm standard modules
Figgjo wins many prestigious clients, including Oslo City Hall

2000: Figgjo is awarded the Honours Award for Design Excellence for the company’s new profile and Figgjo Form

2001: Figgjo celebrates its 60th anniversary and publishes an anniversary book
Anniversary product Figgjo Pyramide is awarded the Award for Design Excellence

2002: Figgjo expands into new markets including England, Germany and Japan
Figgjo Form is awarded the prestigious Red Dot Design Award
Figgjo Spir and Figgjo Ting are launched
Figgjo Ting and Figgjo Planet are awarded the Award for Design Excellence

2003: Figgjo Planet is awarded the Red Dot Design Award
Figgjo Spir is awarded the Award for Design Excellence
Figgjo is certified in accordance with environmental management standard NS-EN ISO 14001:1996

2004: Figgjo's best ever year – thanks in large part to the giant order from Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai
Figgjo Egg and Figgjo Hval are awarded the Award for Design Excellence
Franchising agreements in Russia, Spain, France, Italy and Luxembourg

2005: Hotel and restaurant series Figgjo Grad is launched

2006: Figgjo wins the contract for the delivery of new representation tableware for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Figgjo wins the contract for the delivery of porcelain to Westin Hotels & Resorts in Beijing, China
Figgjo supplies porcelain to VIP catering at Wembley Stadium in London

2007: Figgjo Platform and Figgjo Svai awarded the Award for Design Excellence
Figgjo is named Company of the Year 2007 by Stavanger Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Figgjo enters into agreements with purchasing association GRESS-gruppen
Figgjo Front Dining is launched

2008: Figgjo is selected as a partner for Bocuse d’Or Europe 2008
Figgjo enters into an agreement with Compass Group PLC – the world’s largest catering company
Figgjo enters into an exclusive partnership agreement with the World Association of Chefs Societies

2010: Figgjo becomes the main supplier for Scandic Hotels and Rica Hotels in Norway

2011: Figgjo Tipp is awarded the Award for Design Excellence
Figgjo celebrates its 70th anniversary
Figgjo is named Supplier of the Year by Nordic Choice Hotels in Denmark
Figgjo launches banqueting solutions with Figgjo Flak, Figgjo Morf and Figgjo Kvadrat

2012: Figgjo supplies specially developed porcelain to the new Stavanger Concert Hall
Figgjo extends its agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs until late 2015
DNB’s new head office opens with newly-developed products from Figgjo

2013: Figgjo signs a new agreement with WACS and with all the Nordic countries’ national culinary teams
Figgjo Felt and Figgjo Pisa are launched