Svensson is the manufacturer and distributor of climate screens. The Svensson screens give the grower more effective climate control. They provide both protection from strong sunlight during the daytime as well as from the cold at night. They save large amounts of energy and reduce the need of pesticides.
Our story – a unique thread of Swedish textile history
'If Ludvig Svensson in Kinna is doing well, it means Sweden is doing well.' So said Olof Palme, Sweden's prime minister in 1982 on a visit to the company's factory in Sjuhäradsbygden, western Sweden.
One hundred and twenty years before the textile company was deemed to be a barometer of the Swedish economy, our founder, Ludvig Svensson, was born. Having begun his career as a publisher, Ludvig was soon drawn by the powerful forces of industrialism into a world of weaving, textiles and fabrics. The year 1887 marked the start of production and by the beginning of the 1900s Kinna boasted an impressive textile factory with steam-powered machines. Sweden now had its first curtain manufacturer – and a production line with mechanical looms. Ludvig's son Ivan took over the business at the end of the 1920s, and, despite the depression and the war, the company survived into the 1950s and another generation change as brothers Ivan and Sten Ludvigson assumed management.
Business experienced major upheavals during this period, as world trade once again opened up through the formation of EFTA. The 1950s and 1960s also saw the introduction of artificial fibres such as acrylic and polyester, which the company adopted early on and learnt to utilise The company also benefited from unforeseen production possibilities when it purchased its first warp-knit machine in 1957. The customer base then grew rapidly; IKEA, Åhléns, KF, Stockmanns, Marks & Spencer – everyone wanted the latest in home textiles.
In the 1970s the company developed its first collections for public spaces, sowing the seed for a whole new business area which would rapidly revolutionise Ludvig Svensson's business forever. The company's brainwave – fabric that could provide shade and save energy in greenhouses – was turned into a final product and patented in the 1980s.
Ludvig Svensson's legacy is now being managed by the fourth generation of this family-owned textile business, with 2012 marking 125 years since the foundations for today's business were laid by hand in a humble rented building.
Ludvig Svensson has two business areas: textiles for public spaces and climate screens for greenhouses. Our overall business concept is to provide leading textile-based climate and environmental solutions, designed with an understanding of professional interior design and greenhouse cultivation. The two business areas are branded as Svensson Markspelle (for professional interior design) and Svensson (for professional greenhouse cultivation). On 1 Sept 2011, Ludvig Svensson also acquired Väveriet Uddebo to add a third brand to the organisation. Find out more about these three brands under the 'Our brands' section.
Our core values form the foundation of our business and our corporate culture; how we interact in our place of work, how we do business and collaborate with partners, or how we choose to communicate through marketing.
We act with clarity, respect and care.
We nurture and leverage our unique, textile heritage to approach the future in a way that is in tune with our environment. We want the way we work and operate to inspire companies and people who want to develop and grow.
We're not afraid of taking on new challenges and creating opportunities through networking, collaboration and creativity.