The company was founded in 1923 by Kaarlo Mäkinen, a veritable jack-of-all-trades from the town of Tyrvää, Finland. In the early years of business, the company’s main products were photo frames. As early as the late 1920s, Mäkinen managed to come across a mirror-making formula, which was extremely difficult to come by in those days. Without hesitation, he put the formula to the test and was able to launch industrial mirror manufacturing within a relatively short period of time.
In the 1930s, Mäkinen’s mirror company had extended its markets across Finland. After his death in the 1940s, his widow Martta and their adolescent children continued in his footsteps by focusing more heavily on the industrial aspects of the business. At the turn of the 1970s, Mäkisen Kuvastin Oy had already become the leading mirror company in Finland and had also established a prominent position in the other Nordic countries.
In 1986, Martta and Kaarlo’s heirs sold the company to its current owners, who are the fourth generation to run the family business. Although mirror manufacturing and processing continues to be the cornerstone of industrial production, Finnmirror Oy, as the company is known today, is currently also a leading Finnish fixture manufacturer. Bathroom fixtures and storage systems equipped with sliding doors are increasingly becoming the company’s main product lines.
Finnmirror’s 60-year history can be read here.
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