Mabe (company)

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Controladora Mabe
Founded1946; 75 years ago (1946)
HeadquartersMexico City, Mexico
Key people
Luis Berrondo Avalos (Chairman and CEO)
Urbano Perez (Vice Chairman and SVP)
Javier Burkle (CFO)
Rogelio Arizpe (CTO)
ProductsWhite appliances
RevenueIncrease $4 billion
OwnersGE Appliances (48.4%)
Number of employees

Mabe is a company which designs, produces, and distributes appliances to more than 70 countries around the world. The company was incorporated in Mexico City in 1946 by Egon Mabardi and Francisco Berrondo, both Spanish refugees who escaped turmoil of Civil War.[1] Mabe was initially dedicated to manufacture kitchen furniture. In the 1950s, Mabe began manufacturing various appliances such as gas ranges and refrigerators. Rapid growth allowed Mabe to become the leading exporter of home appliances in Mexico as early as 1960.

In 1986, Mabe entered into an important joint venture with General Electric to produce appliances for the US market. As part of an effort to move away from controlling Mexican operations from the US, GE decided to enter into the joint venture with a 48 per cent minority stake. While General Electric hoped to gain access to Mexico's low cost labour pool, Mabe was given greater access to the world's largest consumer market through GE's US distribution network. By the mid 1990s, more than two-thirds of all gas ranges and refrigerators imported into the United States were designed and manufactured by Mabe in Mexico, while 95 per cent of those sold under the General Electric names were designed in Mabe's San Luis Potosi plant, the biggest kitchens plant in the world [1][permanent dead link]. As a result, Mabe became the leading brand in Mexico, moving ahead of Vitro's Acros brand with a domestic market share of 50%.

As the company continued to grow, exports and production remained concentrated in Latin America. By the mid 1990s, Mabe was one of the leading appliance manufacturers in the world with annual growth between 15 and 20 per cent. In Mexico, Mabe all but dominated the market, while in Latin America, Mabe commanded a 70% market share in home appliances.

The group also entered into several joint ventures and alliances with other regional manufacturers. Solid sales growth in Latin America all but eliminated the impact of the peso crisis in 1995.

In 2016, General Electric sold GE Appliances business to China based Haier. The transaction included the 48.4% shares of Mabe that GE held.[2]

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In Latin America, Mabe held the rights to distribute their products under a variety of well-known brands, such as GE and a number of regional brands. The regional brands were well established in their respective countries.

  1. ^ "Controladora Mabe S.A. de C.V." Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  2. ^ Tsang, Amie (2016-01-15). "G.E. to Sell Appliance Division to Haier for $5.4 Billion". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-06-28.

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