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 six-branched 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 six-branched candle holder takes shape, the manufacturing process begins with brass poles. These are delivered in lengths of four meters and therefore must be cut, drilled and threaded. After that, they are polished before being bent to the correct shape. The completed branches are attached to each other through silver soldering, before the merged candle holder is polished – work carried out by three people simultaneously. The candle holder is then polished by hand in order to reach all angles.
Alongside this work, candlesticks and drips are also produced. The drips are punched out by a punching tool in two stages before being polished. The candle holders are cut from pipes and soldered together with a disc on the bottom. After that, it’s time for polishing and quality inspection. The silvered brass variety candle holder is finally treated with a silver coating.
Once all details are inspected and approved, the candle holder is 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.