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About Kährs

We have always worked with wood, and this is something that has developed into a 150-year love story. Today we are the world's oldest wood floor manufacturer that is still in business.

As the world shrinks, and the wheel turns ever faster, roots become even more important. Our strong belief in craftsmanship that has distinguished us right from the start is deeply rooted.

This means that the high quality we stand for is represented in every single piece of wood that passes through our hands.

Kährs is situated in Nybro, in the heart of the forests of Småland in Sweden, on the same site where everything began 150 years ago. In 1857, Johan Kähr started a small turning shop and began producing wooden articles for the local farmers.

Today, the Kährs group is Europe's biggest wood flooring manufacturer, and one of the world's most innovative companies involved in the processing of wood.

The combination of a long tradition, craftsmanship and a passionate interest in design and new technology has kept us at the forefront of the development of modern wood flooring.

 

Timeline
1857 It all starts
Johan Kähr founds a small turning shop and produces wooden articles for local farmers. He slowly made a name for himself. Today, the global Kährs company is still located where it started 150 years ago in Nybro, in the heart of Sweden's Småland forests.         Family Kähr
       
1919 Today's company founded
Johan Kähr's grandson Gustaf founds AB Gustaf Kähr and production moves over to doors from wooden goods and toys. The company now tests and develops a new technique using laminated wood to avoid problems caused by the climate.
It is a success!         AB Gustaf Kähr founded
       
1941 Multi-layer parquet developed and patented
After the success with doors, the lamination technique is tested for floors. It turns out brilliantly, and the world's first multi-layer parquet floor is patented. Today's modern wood floors are based on the same principle of using several different layers to create a stable reliable construction.         Multi-layer parquet patented
       
1958 The first factory-lacquered floor
Previously floors were installed, and sanded before being lacquered on site. The production of a factory lacquered floor required a high degree of precision to ensure that the surface of the floor was smooth and consistent in use. Kährs were able to introduce an accuracy in production that was unparalleled in wood processing and the process of installing wooden flooring was accelerated.         The first factory-lacquered floor
       
1965 The first Sports Floor
Kährs takes out a patent for a completely new sports floor construction. Boards were nailed to a flexible batten system, which resulted in a floor that was able to absorb impacts and give a more uniform response to sports activities. Most modern sports floors are still based on this construction.         The first sports floor
       
1973 1,000,000 m2
A record year for Kährs, we sold more than 1,000,000 m2. On a global level, the year is memorable for the worldwide oil crisis. During the years that follow, Kährs focuses production to quality wood floors and making production more environmentally friendly.         A million m2 floors sold
       
1984 Solvent-free lacquer
Kährs starts its own environmental programme before this kind of work has become general practice in business. Kährs are the first floor manufacturer, who are able to boast of an entirely solvent-free production process.         Solvent-free lacquer
       
1993 ISO 9001
The objectives of the 1980s and 90s have been achieved and Kährs becomes the first wood floor manufacturer to achieve ISO 9001 quality certification.         ISO 9001 achieved
       
1995 Linnea. The new generation of wood floors is introduced
Kährs develop a floor with amazing qualities, despite its thin top layer, it is as hard and durable as many wood imitations such as laminate floors and is both economical and extremely easy to install.         Linnea floors introduced
       
1997 ISO 14001
Kährs gains ISO 14001 environmental certification. Waste products from forest felling provide district heating for the community around the factory. The ash that remains is returned to the forest as fertiliser.         ISO 14001 achieved
       
2000 Woodloc® launched
The unique glueless floor joint is launched. Woodloc® makes it even easier to lay the floor, but above all it means that gaps never appear between the boards despite climatic changes in the home.         Woodloc® launched
       
2004 Activity Floor – the new sports floor
A sprung sports floor is developed and launched. It can be laid more quickly and over larger areas. The floor is approved for the global standard for sports floors, DIN, and is used at major sporting events.         Activity Floor launched
       
2007 We are 150 years old, with lots of new products
Kährs has gone from making simple turned products for local customers to being a world-leading producer of wood floors sold in more than 30 countries in many hundreds of designs, styles and finishes. In 2007 we celebrate our 150th anniversary, and are launching many new floors in new collections to suit all interiors and tastes.         Kährs 150 years
       
2010 Woodloc® 5S launched
Woodloc® 5S is the next generation Woodloc®. The new system makes installation even faster and easier – while producing an even stronger floor.

 

Our Innovations
Our innovations

Innovation is our tradition

Over the years, our fresh ideas and product innovations have changed the face of wood flooring from simple bare planks to pre finished floors that are easy to install. But we have not stopped there, improved production techniques have allowed us to use colour and texture combined with simple maintenance to ensure that we have an offer to suit to the ever changing face of interior design.

The inventions behind our success

The first and biggest was developed in 1941. During the 1930s, Gustaf Kähr, grandson of the founder, started working with the lamination of wood to develop a door that would not warp. Door construction is very demanding, because there are different climates inside and outside. After several years' work, a door was introduced on the market that went on to be a great success. The process of using layers of wood was soon carried over into wooden floors. The end product was a floor constructed in three layers. Today, 65 years later, this is still the standard construction for the majority of wood floor manufacturers.

1958 The first factory-lacquered floor

The production of a factory lacquered floor required a high degree of precision to ensure that the surface of the floor was smooth and consistent in use. Kährs were able to introduce an accuracy in production that was unparalleled in wood processing and the process of installing wooden flooring was accelerated.         First factory-lacquered floor
       
1995 Linnea. The new generation of wood floors is introduced

Kährs develop a floor with amazing qualities, despite its thin top layer, it is as hard and durable as many wood imitations such as laminate floors and is both economical and extremely easy to install.         Linnea floors introduced
       
2000 Woodloc® launched

The unique glueless floor joint is launched. Woodloc® makes it even easier to lay the floor, but above all it means that gaps never appear between the boards despite climatic changes in the home.         Woodloc® launched
       
2004 Activity Floor – the new sports floor

A sprung sports floor is developed and launched. It can be laid more quickly and over larger areas. The floor is approved for the global standard for sports floors, DIN, and is used at major sporting events.         Activity Floor launched
       
2010 Woodloc® 5S launched

Woodloc® 5S is the next generation Woodloc®. The new system makes installation even faster and easier – while producing an even stronger floor.

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