1857: The history of Kahrs began in the heart of Sweden's forests, in a small town Nybro. Here, Johan Kahr, family business founder, opened a small turning shop for local farmers and sold different articles made of wood – the material he was surrounded with. Nowadays, the global Kahrs Company is still located in Nybro.
1919: Johan Kahr's grandson Gustaf founded his company and began to produce doors. He managed to launch a new technique using laminated wood to avoid problems caused by the temperature and humidity drops. This technique of gluing several different layers to create a stable reliable construction became a sensation.
1941: This year can be considered as a turning point in Kahrs history. In 1941, Gustaf Kahr patented the world's first multi-layer parquet floor. The door lamination technique was tested for floors, and not without success. Today's modern wood floors are based on the same principle invented by Gustaf Kahr, in spite of many attempts to create another floor construction.
1958: Kahrs produced the first factory lacquered floor. Today, it is practically impossible to imagine that at the time, the production of a factory lacquered floor was a real innovation.
1965: Kahrs took out a patent for a completely new sports floor construction. Boards were nailed to a flexible batten system, which resulted in a sprung floor that was able to absorb impacts. Most modern sports floors are still based on this construction.
1973: A record year for Kahrs. The company sold more than 1,000,000 m? of parquet floors.
1984: Kahrs was the first floor manufacturer which started to use solvent-free lacquers. Kahrs became the pioneer in the environmental friendly production of wood floorings.
1993: Kahrs becomes the first wood floor manufacturer to achieve ISO 9001 quality certification.
1995: Kahrs develops a new collection of wood floors with amazing qualities - Linnea. Thin and cheap, but hard and durable, they become more and more popular all over the world.
1997: Kahrs gains ISO 14001 environmental certification. The factory uses a so called closed-circuit production cycle. Waste products from forest felling provide district heating for the community around the factory. The ash that remains is returned as fertiliser to the forest that is used to produce the parquet floor. The care of the nature and its rational use has always been the basis of all company's activity. Kahrs chooses its suppliers from those who hold an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certificate or are able to demonstrate that they operate environmentally aware timber procurement.
2000: Kahrs introduces the unique glueless floor joint Woodloc. This innovation led to the following consequences: a quick floor installation, an ideal geometry, and a reliable fixation.
2004: A new sports floor with the Woodloc joint is launched. The new floor can be laid more quickly and over larger areas. The floor is approved for the global standard for sports floors DIN. Kahrs activity floors (sports floors) are used at a number of major sporting events.
Today, Kahrs is a world-leading producer of wood floors sold in more than 30 countries the world over. The company has always had respect for the nature, and Kahrs main principles are to work only with wood as well as to contribute to and to support responsible forestry. Leading European and American architects and designers take a keen interest in Kahrs products. The creative department launches many new floors in new collections every year.
Proud of its glorious past, Kahrs faces the future with certainty.