Production & logistics
Responsibility for the whole chain
The majority of Kinnarps’ products are manufactured from scratch, starting with the purchase of raw material and finishing in a final product, at one of the Kinnarps’ manufacturing plants. Kinnarps has six factories which are located at Kinnarp, Skillingaryd, Jönköping, Vinslöv and Tranås (2) in Sweden. These factories are among the most modern and efficient in Europe. Continuous improvement of the production processes is a key part of Kinnarps’ strategy - not just to speed up production and thus shorten delivery lead times but also to improve the quality of the products even further.
Kinnarp is the home of the largest production facility. In addition to machine shops for wooden components, the furniture is also assembled and all furniture delivered by Kinnarps trucks loads together from here. The manufacturing process involves processing wood products, such as fibreboard, solid wood and veneer. This facility has a production area of 120,000 m².
The factory at Skillingaryd manufactures all the furniture that incorporates padded upholstery. Here the polyurethane production is also loocated, making the padding material Kinnarps uses in chairs, sofas and armchairs. The manufacturing process includes cutting, stitching, joinery, surface treatment, upholstery and assembly. The facility has a production area of 26,500 m².
The factory at Jönköping manufactures all mechanisms for Kinnarps' office chairs and elevator tables and has a production area of 17,000 m². The production process involves manufacturing work pieces, including punching, pressing, bending, joining, manual and robot welding and degreasing, lacquering and assembly.
Kinnarps has also two factories in Germany; in Minden and Worms. Here we produce chairs, storage, cabinets and tables. These two factories are working to a Lean Production philosophy. In simple words it means 'more value for less work'. The winners are the customers, because the production process is constantly improved and wastage of time and resources are eliminated.
The production facilities for Kinnarps independent trademarks, Skandiform and Materia are located in Vinslöv and Tranås. These production factories combine individual craftsmanship with new machines.
Kinnarps has also developed its own advanced logistics system, one that is characterised by efficiency and environmental thinking. Our goods are shipped in our own environmentally adapted trucks that run on eco-diesel and tyres without aromatic oils. We load the trucks to an average 91% capacity and always try to carry goods from our subcontractors on the return journey. Kinnarps’ haulage business comprises of more than 60 heavy trucks and nearly 175 swap-bodies. In 2006 Kinnarps started using railway transport to improve the efficiency and reduce the environmental Impact. Today Kinnarps uses the railway network wherever possible. For example furniture is transported by rail between Sweden and Continental Europe (Ghent).