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(established 1949)

This Finnish tool manufacturing company has achieved international recognition for its simple, ergonomic designs, gaining a number of design awards for its products, including the IDN Prize in the Netherlands in 1988, the IDF Good Industrial Design Prize in Germany in 1994 and 1996, and the European Design Prize in 1997. The Fiskars Classic scissors designed by Olof Bäckström with their distinctive orange ergonomic handles of 1967 achieved the status of a design icon. They also marked the success of the company in making the transition from a national manufacturer to one which made a significant impact on export markets in the United States, Great Britain, and elsewhere. Quality control has been an important aspect of company policy and all Fiskars products are tested rigorously under working conditions. Design innovation was also important in the company's success, with notable examples being the Handy axe (1995) and the Clippers garden pruners (1996), both designed by Olavi Lindén.

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