Sustainability and manufacturing
Silver Plated Brass
Brass consists of 65 per cent copper and 35 per cent zinc. For a long time, some have called it “poor man’s gold”. The majority of Svenskt Tenn’s brass products are made at Humstorp metal workshop in Västergötland, largely from recycled brass. At Humstorp, they are constantly working to choose the most environmentally friendly alternatives by collaborating with as local suppliers as possible. In the manufacturing process, the waste is minimized, and the scrap metal that is left over is sent for recycling. An own solar installation provide about 40 percent of the factory's electricity consumption.
The production of the well-known and widely loved candle holder takes place at Humstorp Metal in Västergötland. Here, a part of Svenskt Tenn's pewter and brass range is manufactured; creations that require a thorough methodology and great craftsmanship.
When Vänskapsknuten takes its form, the manufacturing process begins with the brass rods. These are supplied in lengths of four meters and therefore need to be sawn, drilled and threaded. They are then polished before they are bent to the correct shape. The finished branches are attached to the centre by silver soldering, before the whole candlestick is polished; a work performed by three people at once. The candlestick is then hand polished to access all angles.
In parallel with this work, other details are manufactured. The rings around the candle holders are punched out with a tool in two steps before being polished. The candle holders are cut out of tubes and soldered together with a plate at the bottom. Then it is time for polishing and quality inspection. When all details are approved, the candle holder is assembled and packaged. During the production process, the entire company is involved in various steps, which means that a total of eight people are involved.
Sustainability in focus
Read more about Svenskt Tenn's Sustainability Philosophy below.