Sisters Annica and Marie Eklund have transformed their family business from a traditional manufacturer of woven flooring into a globally successful company. Here’s the Bolon story.
19 September, 2014
Founded in 1949, Swedish flooring company Bolon is today a cutting-edge enterprise led by sisters Annica and Marie Eklund, the third-generation owners of the Eklund family business.
From its origins as a traditional manufacturer of woven flooring, the sisters have turned Bolon into an internationally recognised, design-led company with a strong focus on innovation.
Bolon was the first company in the world to produce vinyl floor coverings, and has its own design studio and factory in Ulricehamn, where all its products are designed and made.
The company’s offerings are certainly unique. All floorings have a discernable textile appearance with strong, vivid features, but are also highly functional when it comes to maintenance and long life. The range is produced for public environments, and is particularly ideal for offices, hotels and high-end boutiques as they meet all the stringent standards for fire safety, wear and durability, and sound insulation.
Just as important is the fact that Bolon has a progressive and inclusive environmental improvement programme, Bolon®Green, in all areas of its operations, which has contributed to the company being certified to leading environmental standards such as FloorScore, GreenTag and Breeam. Bolon has also been certified to ISO 14001 since 1999.
It therefore comes as little surprise to learn that Bolon’s customers include well-known brands such as Adidas/Reebok, Armani, Google, Mercedes and Sheraton as well as leading architects and designers such as Tom Dixon, Jean Nouvel and Cappellini.
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