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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.

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.

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.

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.

Markets
The main markets are Europe and the US, but the company is active in more than 40 markets worldwide and has its own sales force in 11 countries.

Kährs main customers are builders' merchants and retailers selling wooden floors.

Many prestigious buildings around the world have been supplied with Kährs floors, for instance the National Opera House, Prague, Czech Republic, and the Performing Arts Centre, St Swithun's School, Winchester, UK. The installation in the Van Palace in Beijing, China, has been successfully completed.

Products
Kährs products are considered to be products of great quality. They are manufactured chiefly in three-ply and are available in one, two and three-strip versions.

Kährs products are mainly "floating", where the parquet boards are bonded together side by side and not to the underfloor. There are different types of bottom and middle layers, as well as different thicknesses. Linnea is a veneer product (i.e. with a thin top layer) and is performing very well.

The company's wooden floors have been produced with the woodloc® joint since mid-2001, and has achieved market leadership in lock systems.

Kährs have production units in Nybro, Ljusdal and Blomstermåla in Sweden.

Environment and Quality
All Kährs production units have environmental and quality certification according to ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 and are EMAS-registered.

Kahrs Commitments
We have always had respect for what nature has given us to develop and hold in trust. Our attitude is the basis for our ecological cycle approach. It permeates everything that happens in the company, from the selection of a supplier to the delivery of a finished floor somewhere in the world.

It is not just about processing the raw material, we must also recognize the wood's inherent beauty and expression. This means that every single piece of wood is appraised, and its natural form and figuring are utilised to create unique wood floors with character.

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.

by Raymond Yu

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