The Candy brand name came into being. Since then its progress has been marked by extraordinary success. The founder's sons, Enzo, Niso and Peppino Fumagalli started washing machine production, making them the centre and the strength of their manufacturing activity. Unstoppable, in 1954 Candy made a decisive move in washing traditions: the birth of the Bi-Matic, the first semi-automatic washing machine with a spinner. Candy opened its first production plant abroad, in France. Just six years later, the washing machine became completely automatic: Candy raced ahead on the road of innovation.
While the washing machine was being refined, enriched and “learning” to save water and energy, the Stipomatic, the first Candy dishwasher, was launched. Candy had already progressed beyond washing machines... Niso Fumagalli, the originator of most of the patents, was awarded an honorary degree in engineering by the University of Genoa. In the 70s an important new phase started for Candy: that of acquiring other Italian companies, starting with La Sovrana of Parma, a historic brand name in the cooking sector and Kelvinator Italia, internationally famous for its refrigerators and freezers. Candy also drew up an agreement with Kelvinator America to produce and market domestic products with the American name all over the world.