One cultural project that is currently in progress involves the creation of a new archive in Åker. Over the centuries a unique collection of documents has been gathered. This includes such relics as Queen Kristina's letter granting the licence to cast canons in Åkers Styckebruk, dated January 1654. The collection also includes bookkeeping records from the 16th century and volumes of other documentation from centuries past. STC Interfinans is now stepping up this initiative and investing in a new archive in Åkers Styckebruk. An entirely new building is being created in the old blast furnace, which will house the archive and where researchers and visitors will have the opportunity to view the collection. Through state-of-the-art technology in which air temperature and humidity are precision-controlled, the historical treasures from Åker will be preserved for ages to come. The construction project will commence in 2010 and is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2011.

 

 

Long Term - Responsibility

STC Interfinans takes a broad sense of responsibility for the environments and people who are affected by the Group's business. Clear examples of this can be found in the projects conducted in and around the towns of Åkers Styckebruk and Mariefred since the mid-1980s. These are classic industrial environments that manufactured canons as early as the 16th century. In the early 19th century a new era began in which the old munitions factory began producing cast iron rolls. This laid the first building block of the company – Åkersgruppen – that STC Interfinans was long the sole owner of.

Since the Group has long been a major employer in the region, it has been natural to contribute knowledge and financial resources in cultural contexts as well. Behind these initiatives was the Group's owner and founder, Holger Hjelm. During the last 25 years major investments have been made in the restoration of historical buildings and entire industrial environments – such as of the old blast furnace that was built in Åkers Styckebruk in 1795, of the Gripsholms Värdshus inn, and of the Åkers country estate along with the surrounding park. This extensive restoration work has attracted international acclaim. In 1992 Åkers Styckebruk and Holger Hjelm were honoured with a diploma from Europa Nostra, the "International association for the protection and enhancement of Europe's architectural and natural heritage", for the well-preserved buildings in the mill area.

Skottvångs Gruva, outside Mariefred, is another one of the Group's cultural/historical projects. Operation of this mine was begun already in the Middle Ages and did not end until the 1920s. Today Skottvångs Gruva is owned by AB Åkers Kronopark, which has taken responsibility for restoration of several properties at the site. The businesses conducted there today have been subcontracted to independent operators, who run an inn with conference facilities in addition to offering an array of events throughout the year.