Our company, Swedish Match Industries AB, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of matches with factories in Vetlanda (splint and outer box printed skillets) and Tidaholm (matches).
Our company is a part of the Swedish Match Group, a unique company with a broad range of market leading brands in the product areas snuff, cigars, pipe tobacco and chewing tobacco - tobacco's niche products - as well as matches and lighters.
The first phosphorus matches were never stored in boxes. They were simply wrapped in ordinary paper. The name of the factory was then stamped directly onto the paper. The striking surface was first used with safety matches, and that was when entirely new demands were made of the packaging.
By far the most mimicked label is the original yellow label from Jönköpings Tändstickfabrik bearing the motto "Strike against the box only". With its 450 known (!) imitations, this is probably the most plagiarised brand.
The ability to make fire has always been vital to human life. Yet it was not until the 19th century that the cheap safety match was invented, and a flame could thereby be produced quickly and easily by anyone. The Swedish match became known around the world for its high quality and safety.