The iron age
Springwire is Scandinavia´s
leading manufacturer of top-quality, colddrawn spring wire with
high carbon content. Letab music wire, which is the common name
for our products, is known the world over and is used for many
different types of springs.
We chose our location in Lesjöfors
in the heart of Bergslagen region for one good reason: this is
where the natural conditions for working iron - rock, timber and
hydropower are found.
Industrial iron production started here in
back in the 16th century. Finnish immigrants turned their hand
to the hard and complicated task of producing pig iron. A blast
furnace was installed in the mid 17th century at Dalkarlssjön,
which later developed into Lesjöfors ironworks.
With a history dating back more than 350 years,
is one of Swedens classic industrial sites. The works were owned
by three families: Pihl-Mullberg, Ekman and De Geer.
It was the
most dynamic of the owners, Gustaf Ekman, who in the first half
of the 19th century changed the hammer mill into a steelworks.
He was also responsible for its expansion to finished and semi-finished
products, such as files and steel wire.
The first wire was drawn
in Lesjöfors in 1849. At this time,
wire was initially formed into cables for use in ski lifts and
ex-cavators, for example, the Lesjöfors works started manufacturing
steel springs, the product for which the majority of Springwire´s
materials are used today.