ABOUT US

INTERSTIL A/S

Interstil is a Danish company and part of a leading Scandinavian furniture group with an annual turnover of approximately Mio. € 90. The group is privately held by a group of well-established investors. Our subsidiaries in Sweden carry furniture and interior ranges for the Swedish market.

We have an ambition to grow, primarily by expanding our partnerships with existing clients and secondly by creating long-term relations with new business partners in Australia, South Africa and South America. Our design, product development, sales and marketing activities take place in Scandinavia, while the actual production is carried out in our factories in China and other Asian countries. Additionally we have placed our production oversight, quality control, logistics and purchasing operations in our offices in China, Vietnam, and Malaysia, in order to bring these processes closer to the places of production.
Many nationalities are represented among our employees, and this diversity contributes to our international culture and spirit. Nonetheless, we remain firmly rooted in the Danish traditions of furniture and design. Our employees assume the responsibility for providing the best advice and service possible. We have developed an organizational structure with a crosscutting management team, guaranteeing short communication channels and a strong business orientation.

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Design and product development takes place in cooperation with internal and external designers with an international approach to design. Designers from Denmark and other European countries have a strong sense for international trends, and develop concepts, furniture and accessories with an appeal to the modern, global consumer. Our internal Design- and Product Development Department makes it possible to design customized furniture series and products.

QUALITY CONTROL

All containers are controlled in compliance with the AQL-system. Our inline inspection and full-time QC employees ensure the detailed documentation and ensure that we always provide best-in-class services and customized packaging.

KEY ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT

Interstil operates with a key account strategy on leading accounts on both European and overseas markets. In close cooperation with our customers we can develop products and product series customized to each market’s needs and individual wishes.

We offer effective customer support thanks to our back-office units in Denmark and China who support our key account managers every day. As a unique opportunity our customers can outsource all purchase- and development functions to Interstil – from design to production and logistics.

SOURCING & PRODUCTION

The Interstil management is housed in our head office in Denmark, while Procurement, Production and Quality Management are housed in local organizations close to our production sites in China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Eastern Europe. That way, we want to achieve the best possible purchasing- and production processes, and by that to secure the best quality.

RESPONSIBILITY

We believe in taking responsibility, and we are a company with high standards in regards to conduct. We embrace our responsibilities as an international actor in a global world where most of our production takes place in low-income countries. We observe all rules and regulations, and we are a member of all relevant environmental organizations. All our employees are conscious of the great responsibility we have for ensuring that our products are manufactured in a way that shows consideration for employee welfare and for social and environmental conditions. In addition, we make sure that we use only environmentally friendly raw and finished materials. We operate the new EUTR law with our own due diligence system, which has been thoroughly tested by external auditors and a wide range of customers.

As an integrated part of our process, we carry out testing and spot checking at our production plants. As a rule, we provide the plants with advice and guidance; in particular, when we enter into agreements with new production facilities, we explain the necessity for introducing certain rules and quality controls, and we assist with their implementation and ongoing control.

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BSCI – THE BSCI CODE OF CONDUCT

Being BSCI members helps us ensure, that all our workers are employed under good conditions.

  • Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
  • No discrimination is practised
  • Child labor is prohibited
  • Legal minimum and / or industry standard wages are paid
  • Working hours are compliant with national laws and do not exceed 48 hours regular + 12 hours overtime
  • There is no forced labor and disciplinary measures
  • The workplace is safe and healthy
  • The environment is protected
  • There is a policy for social accountability
  • There is an anti-bribery and anti-corruption policy
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CHEMICALS & REGULATIONS

Our approach to production and how it affects the environment is an integrated part of our daily work. Our products are produced according to the following requirements:

  • REACH is the European community regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006). It deals with the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances. The aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances. At the same time, REACH aims to enhance innovation and competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry.
  • The EN 717-1:2004 is a method for determining the concentration of formaldehyde release from composite wood panels. The acceptable levels of formaldehyde emission from wood panel products have been continuously reduced over the last decades. The driving forces have been the increased public awareness and the consumer demand for non-hazardous products as well as the corresponding governmental regulations.
  • Regulation (EU) no 995/2010 of the European parliament and of the council of 20 October 2010 laying down the obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the market, also known as the (illegal) timber regulation counters the trade in illegally harvested timber and timber products through three key obligations:
  1. It prohibits the placing on the EU market for the first time of illegally harvested timber and products derived from such timber.
  2. It requires EU traders who place timber products on the EU market for the first time to exercise ‘due diligence’. Once on the market, the timber and timber products may be sold on and/or transformed before they reach the final consumer. To facilitate the traceability of timber products economic operators in this part of the supply chain (referred to as traders in the regulation) have an obligation to.
  3. Keep records of their suppliers and customers.

These actions help us produce in an environmentally friendly way, respecting the world we live in.

MANAGEMENT

The Interstil A/S management group consists of skilled people, each with a background and practical experience that matches our needs and challenges.

CEO Henrik A. Henriksen

“Our customers and the end-users are in the back of our minds in everything we do. We are dedicated to creating functional and beautiful pieces with a Nordic touch, that offer added value to our customers in their everyday life”.

CFO Max Schaumann Thomsen

“I am committed to the growth of Interstil A/S, by ensuring thoroughly prepared business analysis and carefully considered financial management. A well-founded financial basis will enable us to operate and grow in a sustainable manner”. 

CHIEF OF SALES Olav Funderud

“It is my responsibility to survey the market, and to ensure that our key account managers are fully prepared to see and fulfill our customers’ needs; creating customized solutions which suit that particular market”.

RANGE & MARKETING DIRECTOR Claus B. Petersen

“I am excited about our range development. We have managed to group our products in four specific ranges that represent four different styles. This categorization really contributes to a rational overview of our assortment in terms of material, style and price”. 

GROUP QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER Svend Fabricius-Svendsen

“All our containers are controlled according to AQL and documented by our QC staff in China. I am pleased to see the positive outcome of this effort. We have been successful in this due to our committed colleagues and suppliers working closely together to achieve common goals”.

GENERAL MANAGER, ASIA Göran Karlsson

“Procurement and Asia are two words very often used in the same sentence as the capacity and diversity of supply are very big in Asia. Our sourcing and supply operation out here have the responsibility to ensure we have a healthy supplier base providing and make products available that meet our customers’ expectations in terms of price and quality”.