Sweden's Head of State, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia are on an anniversary trip around Sweden to celebrate the King's 40 years on the throne. Today it is Kinnarps' turn.
The Royal couple are travelling all over Sweden and visiting all 21 counties during 2013. Today it was Västra Götaland's turn to receive the King and Queen. Kinnarps was one of the few selected points of call in the county to be graced with a royal visit.
“This is the first time in Kinnarps' history that we have a visit from Sweden's King and Queen,” says CEO for Kinnarps AB, Per-Arne Andersson. “We are of course both happy and proud to have been selected to show off our business for the Swedish King. Hopefully the royal couple can help to spread the message about how Kinnarps wishes to improve working environments all over Europe.”
The visit began with three of the owners, Henry Jarlsson, Assar Jarlsson and Sibylla Jacobsson, welcoming the Royal couple and the County Governor couple to Kinnarps. This was followed by an introduction to the company, the Next Office – Activity Based Working concept and Kinnarps' efficient manufacturing process.
“As Kinnarps runs an extensive business, it was not an easy task to decide on what to show the Royal couple and the County Governor couple. In the end we decided to display our core activity and that which once upon a time got the business started, our manufacturing facility, as well as our interior design Next Office – Activity Based Working concept,” says Per-Arne Andersson.
Kinnarps' Next Office – Activity Based Working concept has been drawn up to create an activity-based working environment. The concept offers many benefits for instance in terms of ergonomics giving staff access to an entirely different level of mobility compared to what conventional workplaces have to offer. Kinnarps has built a showroom to highlight the entire concept, of which the Royal couple and the County Governor were given a quick tour. The King and Queen and the County Governor couple were then shown how an office chair is manufactured at Kinnarps before it was time for them to say farewell and continue on their countrywide trip.
“We hope our visitors received a positive picture of our company. They are of course always welcome back to Kinnarps if they wish to find out more about how we operate and about the working environments of the future,” concludes Per-Arne Andersson.
For more information, please contact:
Ida Gustafsson, press contact at Kinnarps AB
Direct: +46 515 383 89
Kinnarps creates furniture and interior design solutions that employ traditional craftsmanship, design and total ergonomics to make a positive impact on people, irrespective of why, how and where we work, study or meet. The Kinnarps company, based in western Sweden, was founded in 1942 by Jarl and Evy Andersson. The company has always had a strong tradition within innovative design. From the outset, the company mainly manufactured furniture for commissions from architects. Today, Kinnarps is a global interior design group which offers innovative and inspirational total solutions. With total control over the entire chain from raw materials and production to delivery and installation, Kinnarps offers top quality products and concepts which have low impact on the environment. Kinnarps' extensive product range is designed for public environments, with a focus on offices, schools, hospitals and healthcare facilities, which not only guarantees a high level of flexibility but also freedom of choice and cost efficiency for our clients. Kinnarps’ product development department works in close collaboration with internationally renowned designers, and the products have won a large number of design awards. The Kinnarps portfolio includes the Kinnarps, Drabert and MARTINSTOLL brands. In addition, Kinnarps can also offer a large supplementary range of products, partly from the company’s sister companies Materia, Skandiform and NC and partly from a number of renowned partners. Kinnarps is one of the largest suppliers of interior design solutions in Europe and is represented in some 40 countries. The company has about 2,700 employees and its turnover in 2011/2012 totalled SEK 4.3 billion. The Group conducts progressive and in-depth work to improve the environment and complies with the leading eco-labelling demands. Kinnarps is also certified in accordance with ISO 9001 and 14001. Read more at www.kinnarps.com