The images shows from the right: Kjell Dahlstrand from Fredahl, Sweden, Ulrich Nielsen from Tommerup Kister, Denmark, Morgan Löfgren from Rydens, Sweden with brothers Kent and John Schärfe.
Joint ownership of Heilskov Coffin Factory and Tommerup Kister in the Nyarp concern
For generations the two largest Danish coffin manufacturers, Heilskov and Tommerup Kister, have been reliable suppliers to their customers in the funeral industry. Today production requires, more than ever, investment, volume, service, logistics, competitive pricing and resources.
In the autumn of 2010 two large family-owned coffin manufacturers in Sweden, Fredahl and Rydéns, joined forces to form a joint holding company. Fredahl already owned Heilskov in Randers and Rydéns has had part-ownership of Tommerup Kister since 2000.
In late 2010 Tommerup Kister launched the Diamant Range, designed by Jacob Jensen Design. The Range is currently available in ten countries, including Sweden and Norway. The joint marketing of the designer range with Sweden inspired the companies to unite. Since July 1st 2013, a joint Danish holding company has been formed which owns Heilskov A/S and Tommerup Kister ApS. The owners of the holding company are the families behind Fredahl/Rydéns, as well as the directors of Tommerup Kister, Ulrich Hein Boe Nielsen, and Flemming Petry, Heilskov. John Schärfe continues as a member of the board of Tommerup Kister.
Heilskov A/S and Tommerup Kister ApS are still independently-run businesses with the same staff and management. They now enjoy the advantages of joint purchasing, production and distribution.
Advantages of joint ownership:
- Joint purchasing and joint products to provide a broader range for our customers.
- Innovative marketing to support our customers.
- Product development ensuring Scandinavian members of the funeral branch have access to products with Nordic design and tradition.
- Strengthened competence in areas such as the environment, quality control and training. The results of which are a dignified farewell to life!
- The cooperation between Heilskov and Tommerup Kister ensures that the two companies will continue to be the preferred suppliers in Denmark.
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