It’s a story we’ll never tire of hearing. Over 60 years ago in Stockholm, Sweden an idea sparked into life. Textile waste became rag rugs and Bolon was born. In many ways, our founder Nils-Erik Eklund was ahead of his time and today, his ability to see opportunity where others couldn’t still inspires us. The man who lit the Bolon spark was our founder, Nils-Erik Eklund. Today, his grand daughters Annica and Marie keep the spirit alive. Since they took over the company from their parents Lars and Monica in 2003, they have been on a mission – to make Bolon a design-led innovator and fuse the conservative, traditional flooring branch with the boundless creativity of the world of fashion. That we have succeeded so spectacularly is satisfying. That in doing so, we’ve collaborated with world-renowned designers and architects as well as working with international brands makes us even more proud. However, pride is one thing and complacency is another – and standing still has never been an option here at Bolon. This is our continuing story – and we sincerely hope that through our innovative, challenging and world leading flooring it becomes your inspiration. In modern-day business, having a sustainable outlook is no longer a choice but a necessity. Customers increasingly look at a company’s environmental credibility and choose products accordingly. Maybe it’s our location in the lush and scenic landscape of Västergötland, next to Lake Åsunden, that is rubbing off on our green thinking; we are keeping the manufacturing in Sweden as this makes sense both in terms of shorter transports and logistics, but also allows full control of the production process; the PVC flooring is produced without added phthalates; and the factory, warehouse and offices are cooled by geothermal means, using locally drawn groundwater rather than refrigerants that damage the ozone layer. The collection Flow is Bolon’s first recycled flooring, and is a product of the company’s latest initiative, the recycling plant located in the Ulricehamn factory. Bolon has invested SEK 90 million into the process of transitioning to a more sustainable business. And just recently, Bolon secured the process that grinds and modifies old bits of flooring into granules that can then be bound and reshaped into a new material, starting the cycle over. The plant will also have an impact that stretches outside the company itself. We have plans in the pipeline to accept waste products from other manufacturers, but that is a very step-by-step procedure. Getting rid of dangerous substances and recycling materials demand both time and financial commitment, but Bolon also prides itself on smaller but equally important actions that help the environment, whether that is using clean energy or filtering out particles in the factory air. The well-being of our colleagues, being an ethical company and practicing what we preach is what matters to us – both now and in days to come. 1949 The company was founded in Stockholm, our first product being rag rugs produced from textile waste 1967 Monica and Lars Eklund takes over the business 1970 Product development continues including producing awning mats for caravans 1993 We start manufacturing wall-to-wall woven vinyl flooring 2003 Annica and Marie, the third generation of the Eklund family, take over the business 2003 On discovering that Armani is using Bolon products, the journey from traditional flooring company to top design house begins 2006 Product development reaches another important milestone with the introduction of elliptic yarn 2010 We develop our own plasticiser based entirely on renewable raw plant materials – Botanic, a collection based on this revolutionary step forward, is launched simultaneously 2012 Our warehouse is moved from Belgium to Sweden, meaning production and all other functions are now based in Ulricehamn, our home town 2012 Our Designer Friends series of collaborations gathers more momentum as we work on groundbreaking projects with Missoni and Jean Nouvel 2013 To celebrate 10 years under Annica and Marie’s leadership, our unique history is presented in the book ‘The Story Of Bolon’ 2014 No phthalates have been used in the production of Bolon flooring since 2014 2015 Launching Flow — a breakthrough collection. The bottom layer of the flooring’s backing is made of recycled material from Bolon’s recently commissioned onsite recycling plant – a process that results in the end product compromising up to 33% recycled material. 2015 Our production facility expands with for new jacquard looms to satisfy the market’s demands for flexibility, quick service and particapatory design solutions for optimising the architects work.