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Author Topic: Holmegaard glassworks declared bankrupt  (Read 2822 times)

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Offline a40ty

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Holmegaard glassworks declared bankrupt
« on: October 01, 2008, 04:32:38 AM »
On Friday Holmegaard glassworks was declared bankrupt; 150 employees have lost their jobs and 60 have been suspended. It seems that the glassworks and the activity centre have been kept separate and that the latter will continue.

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Re: Holmegaard glassworks declared bankrupt
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2008, 07:44:04 AM »
It's a shame, but not exactly a surprise. They've been in financial difficulty on and off since the 1970s, and haven't released any interesting new designs for about 15 years.

I daresay, though, that someone will buy up the brandname and continue the outsourced production in Poland that Holmegaard have been running since the '70s.

R.I.P. real Holmegaard.

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Re: Holmegaard glassworks declared bankrupt
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2008, 08:49:24 AM »
I think the problem with a lot of these glassworks (and most businesses in general) is that as soon as they hit trouble they streamline their output to just the very safe and very neutral designs - as well as the very cheap designs - then try to trade solely on their brandname and charge something not dissimilar to studio glass prices for bland and tired mass-production items.

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Re: Holmegaard glassworks declared bankrupt
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2008, 11:20:54 AM »
Hear hear! The innovative designers have already got the boot and have left for pastures new.

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Re: Holmegaard glassworks declared bankrupt
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2008, 11:36:48 AM »
Just flicking through the pages of Holmegaard's 1999 catalogue and nearly all of it is identical to their current one. Very few changes indeed.

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Re: Holmegaard glassworks declared bankrupt
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2008, 11:39:36 AM »
I was also shocked to here that Lisguard Glass were still making although just door handles.

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Re: Holmegaard glassworks declared bankrupt
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2008, 02:30:54 PM »
It turns out the activity centre at Holmegaard is also closed.

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Re: Holmegaard glassworks declared bankrupt
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2008, 02:44:18 PM »
I hope they have arrangements made for their extensive archive.  :huh:

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Re: Holmegaard glassworks declared bankrupt
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2008, 04:38:45 AM »
They could give it to you!  ;D

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Re: Holmegaard glassworks declared bankrupt
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2008, 04:37:21 PM »
Tremendously sad news about Holmegaard! It goes back to 1825 and produced designs by Per Lutken and Joseph and Michael Bang, ( I won't make the tasteless joke!). Both influenced greatly Ronnie Stennett-Willson and Frank Thrower!
One wonders where it will all end with rumours abounding about Dartington and Waterford Wedgwood!
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 Surely some quality makers must survive!

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