About Karelia

Throughout the centuries, hardwood has been the natural choice wherever a floor has needed durability, longevity and an individual appearance.
Quality and value of home and hearth have always been the hallmark of a wooden floor. Indeed, this timeless appeal makes a real hardwood floor the perfect complement to a modern home. Their elegance and convenience have made Karelia hardwood floors a material of choice not only for private residences, but also for numerous well-known public premises.

History

Karelia has strong roots in Finland.
1955
Manufacturing of resilient coverings begins in Nokia. Production expands in 1960s to include public spaces' resilient mats and flexible vinyl mats.
1981
Karelia Parketti begins from ParkettiliikeVäänänenOy, founded by HeikkiVäänänen to engage in hardwood flooring installation, wholesale and imports.
1991
Tuupovaara hardwood flooring factory acquired by Karelia ParkettiOy. Production of hardwood flooring with Karelia trademark begins in 1992.
1998
Kuopio factory completed.
2000
Karelia ParkettiOy and UpofloorOy merge to form Karelia Yhtymä group.
2004
Hartwall family becomes majority shareholder of Karelia YhtymäOy (Hartwall family 63.3%, HeikkiVäänänen's family 33.4%, external board members and operative management 3.3%).
2007
Karelia-Upofloor started production in Romania.
2008
Karelia-Upofloor's subsidiary, Focus Wood, started parquet production in Russia.
2008
Hartwall Capital OyAb buys the Karelia UpofloorOy shares owned by HeikkiVäänänen'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 GustafKähr.The majority owner Triton and the second largest owner Hartwall Capital.