About Upofloor

An industry pioneer then and now

Upofloor Oy is a Finnish flooring manufacturer that was established in 1955 in the town of Nokia. Today, Upofloor is a full-service worldwide flooring supplier and has one production facility in Finland. Our guiding principle is to systematically expand our offerings in design-driven, technologically advanced and ecologically conscious floorings.

An industry pioneer

Already in the 1950s Upofloor (then called Kymarno Oy) was a pioneer in plastic floorings in Finland. Our company was founded in order to offer the Finnish market an innovative product that was catching on around the world: plastic floorings.

Since 2000, Upofloor has created its position as the leading pioneer in PVC-free floorings. We take pride in being able to provide a wide variety of durable, safe and environmentally friendly products for public premises subject to heavy wear. 

A part of Kährs Group

Since 2012, Upofloor is part of Kährs Group. The group sells to more than 70 countries and has a market leading position in a number of European countries.

Kährs Group is also expanding its business in several other important markets. The most important drivers are outstanding quality, design, innovation and environmental sustainability.

Read more about Kährs Group

Milestones in our history

1955

Manufacturing of resilient coverings begins in Nokia. Production expands in 1960s to include public spaces' resilient mats and flexible vinyl mats.

1981

Upofloor Oy inaugurates quartz vinyl tile factory at Ikaalinen.

Karelia Parketti begins from Parkettiliike Väänänen Oy, founded by Heikki Väänänen to engage in hardwood flooring installation, wholesale and imports.

1991

Tuupovaara hardwood flooring factory acquired by Karelia Parketti Oy. Production of hardwood flooring with Karelia trademark begins in 1992.

1998

Kuopio factory completed.

2000

Karelia Parketti Oy and Upofloor Oy merge to form Karelia Yhtymä group.

2004

Hartwall family becomes majority shareholder of Karelia Yhtymä Oy (Hartwall family 63.3%, Heikki Väänänen's family 33.4%, external board members and operative management 3.3%).

2007

Group name changed to Karelia-Upofloor Oy, and started production in Romania.

2008

Upofloor Oy acquired the share capital Laattamaailma Oy (import and sales of ceramic tiles and glass bricks).

Karelia-Upofloor's subsidiary, Focus Wood, started parquet production in Russia.

Hartwall Capital Oy Ab buys the Karelia Upofloor Oy shares owned by Heikki Väänänen's family. After the acquisition Hartwall Capital and its stakeholders own ninetynine percent of the group.

2012

Merger of Karelia-Upofloor and the Swedish company Ab Gustaf Kähr. The majority owner Triton and the second largest owner Hartwall Capital.