Fisher & Paykel commenced business in 1934 as an importer of refrigerators and washing machines. In 1938 F&P started manufacturing white-ware under license to several major international appliance companies and in the mid-1960s moved to manufacturing products using in-house technology.
Fisher & Paykel's involvement in healthcare started in the late 1960s when F&P sought involvement in a business that could benefit from their growing manufacturing and electronic expertise. A prototype respiratory humidifier, developed in New Zealand for use with patients needing ventilation in hospital intensive care situations, was taken to production by F&P. Since then we have consistently developed innovations to improve patient care and developed world-wide distribution for these products.