Sustainability and manufacturing
Brass comprises 65% copper and 35% zinc. It has long been called “poor man’s gold”. A large part of Svenskt Tenn’s brass products are manufactured at Humstorp Metall in Västergötland, largely from recycled brass. At Humstorp, they are constantly working on choosing the most environmentally friendly alternatives when purchasing. Waste is minimised throughout the manufacturing process and any waste metal that nevertheless occurs is sent to recycling. Furthermore, an independent solar power facility provides approximately 40% of the workshop’s electricity consumption.
This is how the Clover Candle Holder is produced
A large part of Svenskt Tenn’s pewter and brass range is produced by Humstorp Metall; these are products that require a meticulous approach and great craftsmanship.
When the Clover candle holder takes shape, the manufacturing process begins with brass poles. They are delivered in lengths of four meters and therefore must be cut, drilled and threaded before being bent to the correct shape. The prepared branches and the candlestick are joined together through silver soldering before the merged candle holder is polished – work carried out by two people simultaneously. The candle holder is then polished by hand in order to reach all angles.
The candlestick is pressed out of brass sheet and the bottom, which is in the shape of a cloverleaf, is turned from a brass pole. After turning, the bottom sheet is ground in several stages and polished to achieve a fine surface. After that, it’s time for quality inspection. The surface of the silvered brass variety of the candle holder is finally treated with a silver coating.
Once all details are inspected and approved, the candle holders are assembled and packaged. The entire company of eight people is involved in different stages of the production process.
Sustainability in focus
Read more about Svenskt Tenn's Sustainability Philosophy below.