- Sector: Consumer services
- Country: Sweden
Global reach, local knowledge
Ludvig Svensson has a simple motivation: to create better climates for people and plants. The Swedish company manufactures textiles of all designs and for all purposes – from upholstery for much-loved public spaces to climate screens for greenhouses, though the company specialises in contract and horticultural applications.
For Anders Ludvig, CEO of the company, its goal is the same today as it was when it began more than a century ago. “It’s an obligation and a privilege to leave something better behind for the next generation,” he says.
Part of that guiding philosophy is down to the heritage of the company, which despite the passing of the decades remains family-run, and is therefore oriented towards ensuring a secure future for both its employees and its customers.
Its success comes down to a deep respect for the local, explains Anders. “We have a philosophy that’s a bit different from other international companies. We’ve seen our greatest success when we have only local people in our offices in other countries. When we’re doing well, it is because we have a good connection on the ground in the countries where we operate.”
“When we’re doing well, it is because we have a good connection on the ground in the countries where we operate” - Anders Ludvig, CEO, Ludvig Svensson
For a company dependent on the horticulture industry, it hasn’t always been an easy ride.
The sector was hit hard by the financial crisis of 2008 and it’s only in the last three years that it has begun to bounce back in a big way.
- 83% - Proportion of Ludvig Svensson products which are exported
Now, says Anders, Ludvig Svensson is on the frontline of the global textile market, and in particular, its expertise in developing innovative and highly efficient climate screens is where its name is being made.
“The reason our company does what it does is because it is our ambition to play a leading role in the market. We’re one part in the global food supply chain; we want to make food production more efficient for future populations.”