Andreas Larsson (CFO)
- Considerable investments in the operations to secure a world class manufacturing footprint
- The highly synergistic merger of Kährs and Karelia
- During Triton's ownership, the group has built one of the most efficient supply chains in the industry
- Expanded sales and production geographical footprint
One of Europe’s leading producers of wood floors
Kährs was acquired by Triton Fund III in July 2011
The Kährs Group is a leading manufacturer of wood and resilient flooring for private, public and commercial use. Founded in 1857, the company has more than 150 years of experience in the flooring industry. The Group brand portfolio consists of three trusted global brands, Kährs, Karelia and Upofloor.
Kährs Group has a leading global presence with sales in more than 70 countries - with market leading position in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia and with strong positions in other important markets like UK, Germany and the United States.
Kährs Group is headquartered in Malmö, Sweden, and operates across 17 countries with main production facilities in Sweden, Romania and Russia. Triton is the majority owner of Kährs Group.
Before Triton acquired the company in 2011, Kährs was heavily impacted by the financial crisis when both sales and profit margins started to decline significantly. The company breached covenants in 2007 and was therefore forced into a debt restructuring. Consequently the senior lenders took control of the company. Triton acquired Kährs in 2011 when the company was in severe liquidity crisis and on the brink of bankruptcy. Under Triton's ownership, Kährs gained the capital support needed for the necessary restructuring of the company and recapitalisation of the balance sheet required to support healthy operations.
In December 2012, Kährs merged with Karelia, a European flooring producer with strong foothold in Finland and Russia also suffering from the financial crisis. The combination of Kährs and Karelia was a highly synergistic merger with good strategic fit yielding the necessary breadth in product range, distribution network and geographical footprint required to solidify the positioning of both companies for future expansion. The group has today one of the most efficient supply chains in its industry.
Highlighted ESG Activities
In 2019, Kährs built a biomass energy generation facility which produces Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) certified wood pellets from factory offcuts for energy generation. Through this initiative, the company directly provides access to sustainable and renewable energy.
Kährs has a strong responsible supply chain programme and has a strong history of purchasing wood with sustainable forestry certifications. In order to meet Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) requirements, the company had to conduct audits of over 450 suppliers in 26 countries to obtain assurance of supply chain environmental and social standards.
Sustainable forestry is at the heart of Kährs’ products. The company has an ongoing objective to increase the proportion of certified wood material in its products. In 2019, 91% of the wood purchased for the company’s Swedish operations was from certified sources.