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125 years of Maleras Glasbruk

Swedish glass manufacturer Maleras Glasbruk celebrate 125 years of handicraft

This year, Swedish glass manufacturer Maleras Glasbruk celebrates 125 years of expert glass creation. Due to demand for mouthblown medicine bottles, the first Maleras glassworks was founded in 1890.

The present Maleras glassworks was built in 1917 and has been expanded several times. Due to demand for cut and engraved glass during the 40s and 50s, Maleras became known for making high-end crystal stemware. 

During the 60s and 70s, the glassworks had a number of different owners, before being bought by Kosta Boda in 1977. Kosta Boda’s designer Mats Jonasson, born and raised in Maleras and educated as an engraver at the glassworks, was passionate about ensuring the glassworks was the one and only manufacturer of his designs. 

To ensure this, some 104 local people from the village of Maleras bought and co-ran the glassworks until 1988, increasing both turnover and number of employees. In 1988, Orrefors glassworks offered these shareholders a generous bid for their shares, but most chose to sell them to Mats Jonasson and his vision to keep the glassworks in Maleras. 

The Mats Jonasson family is still the majority owner of Maleras Glasbruk today, delivering the same handcrafted product it always has – handmade crystal manufactured at the glassworks at Maleras, its signature that of cast crystal in fusion with detailed design. 

The company now boasts 50 employees and while Sweden is its largest market, international expert is steadily increasing, representing 40 per cent of total turnover in 2014. All production is still handmade in Maleras, making every piece of crystal unique. 

Many of the company’s tools and methods, developed in the early 1900s, have been preserved and are still used in production today, delivering an extensive product array by talented designers and skilled craftsmen. www.maleras.se/en

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