Collectible Brass Blow Torch
Collectible Vintage Sweden Original Max Sievert Brass Blow Torch Type 223. A blowtorch (U.S. and Australia), or blowlamp (UK), is a fuel-burning tool used for applying flame and heat to various applications, usually metalworking.
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The History of Max Sievert
Three brothers started three companies
AB Max Sievert was originally founded in 1882 by its namesake, Max Sievert, the oldest of three brothers. He and his younger brothers, Georg and Ernst, moved from their hometown of Zittau in Saxony to Sweden and quickly became Swedish citizens. From Germany, they had supplied the growing industrial sector in Sweden, Russia and other countries with German machinery and industrial supplies.
In Sweden, they founded three companies together that started, invested in and developed international businesses based in Sweden: the parent company, AB Max Sievert; Sieverts Kabelverk, and AB Alpha. The original headquarters was located at Brunkebergstorg 2, in Stockholm. An oil painting of the building is shown on the first page of this site. The address is now home to the Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank, in a new building.
The common denominator for all three businesses was that they developed and supplied innovative, high-quality products for an international market. Early on the brothers formulated the values that would distinguish the culture: “Hard work – Sensible thrift – Open-mindedness – Steadfast honesty.”
The business continued for nearly 100 years and three generations until the late 1970’s. Max was originally CEO. When he died in 1913, Ernst became head of Sieverts Kabelverk. Max’s son Rolf, who had no interest in business, became a nuclear physicist and lent his name to a unit of measurement for radiation, “sievert,” still used around the world today. Read more…
Sieverts Kabelverk and LM Ericsson
Sieverts Kabelverk was founded in 1888, initially as a supplier of German cable to the emerging telecom industry, including LM Ericsson and Telegrafverket. The Sievert brothers and Lars Magnus (LM) Ericsson formed a close partnership. Georg and LM later became related through marriage.
AB Max Sievert starts again, 132 Years after its founding
AB Max Sievert had not been in business since the late 1970’s. In 2014, nearly 40 years later, Christian Sievert and three investors started a new company with the name AB Max Sievert for the same purpose – to invest in and develop innovative, profitable businesses based in Sweden and the Nordic region.
While the company and its owners are new, the business takes inspiration from and builds on, the values that AB Max Sievert rested on for over 130 years. Read more…