Providing passionate, innovative flooring for over a century

In the issue of Building & Construction Review, we are delighted to select Bona with our end of year commitment to excellence, for providing premium flooring services and products and high-quality training courses for professionals.  

Multi-Award-winning Bona AB provides globally-leading, premium products for installing, renovating, maintaining and restoring premium floors including: wood, tile, stone, vinyl, resilient, rubber, parquet and laminate.  

Wilhelm Edner first established Bona back in 1919 in Malmö, Sweden and over a hundred years’ later, the company is still pushing boundaries in the hardwood floor sector. The fourth generation of the Edner family continues Wilhelm’s proud legacy today, from the original Malmö headquarters. Bona works across 17 subsidiaries, 70 distributors, five factories and 600 employees and is highly renowned for high-quality products and exceptional customer service. The UK Milton Keynes distributor base, has doubled capacity over recent years and a new, state-of-the-art warehouse facility has helped further with growing capability. 

We spoke to Bona’s UK Marketing Manager: Leanne Garvie to find out more,

“The main role of our company is to provide innovative solutions in the flooring sector. Our values of passion, performance and pioneering are present in everything we do. For over a century, Bona has been at the forefront of innovation, engineering, pioneering, and perfecting a complete system to create and maintain long-lasting floors that stand the test of time. Our company offers a wide range of services/products tailored to meet the specific needs of our clients We have a global presence and provide products and systems for installing, renovating and maintaining floors. Our passion is delivering solutions that keep floors beautiful and functional year after year, throughout the life of the floor. We pride ourselves on delivering high-quality solutions that exceed customer expectations. We are keep asking ourselves the question, “How can we further help bring out the beauty in floors?” – which acts as a daily motivating push towards even greater innovation. Through the three tenets of: inspiration, devotion and pride, we are driving premium quality with the latest technology, and always with a promise of sustainability.”

Bona is synonymous with premium quality, providing game-changer products across the flooring industry. Professional craftsmen, industrial customers and floor owners always know what that they are getting with industry-leading Bona products, with every trusted application. From installation to renovation, to maintenance and care, Bona are leading  advocates for expert, premium, sustainable solutions that empower customers to safely achieve the best performance and results for floors.

“For the past 100 years and into the next 100 years, Bona is committed to innovation. When we’re met with a challenge, our talented team gets curious and creative to find a fix that remains true to our commitment to sustainability, and is aligned with our promise to deliver the best products, solutions and systems in the industry. We believe that these qualities set us apart from others in the industry and contribute to our success,” added Leanne.

Since 1919, Bona has had a creative, fresh evergreen focus embedded in its company best practice. What 100 years of committing to sustainability has shown is that it is an ever-evolving paradigm. Rather than a destination, it’s a multifaceted journey that changes as our world changes. Developments in technology, new innovations, and cultural shifts are all part of how Bona continues to create a better world.

Bona’s historical credentials on sustainability are impressive and heartfelt: from pioneering 1970’s practices such as removing toxic and hazardous chemicals from hardwood floor finishes and alternatively providing water-based finishes through to dust containment systems. The systems removed cancerous carcinogenic wood dust from the air during the hardwood floor-sanding process, protecting both workers’ health and the local environment. 

It comes as no surprise then, that Bona received the prestigious the U.S. E.P.A’s Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award this year, for the third consecutive year running. This award honours the contributions of Safer Choice Partners and Stakeholders who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the design, manufacture, selection and use of products with safer chemicals. That’s not all: Bona Germany was awarded the BSFZ-Seal for innovative companies by the German Ministry for Education and Research for three of its innovative and groundbreaking R&D adhesive projects.

With sustainability on the agenda for many companies across Europe and further afield internationally, Bona has invested in its first electric, Scania truck (E-truck) for the Limburg facility in Germany. The truck is fuelled by green electricity, powered from the facility’s solar panels. Elsewhere, Bona has ploughed SEK 4.5 million into a Geothermal energy system for the production unit in Malmö, Sweden. Geothermal energy has been hailed by many industry insiders as an infinitely, renewable resource and going forward offers a robust alternative to damaging fossil fuels.

Sustainability is also the thread running through the innovative product range and Bona is delighted to introduce its latest offering: Bona Traffic GO, free from isocyanate and PFAs. The next-level 2K lacquer provides the latest advancements in curing technology and is now available to order from UK distributors. Available in 1 Litre or 5 Litre containers, the lacquer requires no prior mixing, simply a handy ‘shake & go’ formula. The built-in hardener is activated when applied, perfect for heavy foot traffic areas in commercial and domestic flooring areas. 

With a EC1 Plus certification, the GEN-EMICODE ® offers very low emissions and is another welcome product from the global trailblazers.

There are multiple reasons why we selected Bona for our 2023 end of year commitment to excellence: these include an outstanding commitment to sustainability best practice and products over one hundred years, premium quality, trusted products in the flooring industry and a wide range of training and development opportunities to flooring craftsmen through Bona’s training centre.

The new training centre was opened in early 2023 and provides three levels of training: Bona Certified Contractor scheme, Bona Sand and Seal Training, and Bona Resilient Floor System Training. The courses are aimed at flooring professionals but also Bona Distributor staff, to help give them a greater understanding of the Bona range. 

Since the first quarter of the 20th century, Bona has been a ground breaker across the flooring industry, with unwavering dedication to sustainability and innovation. We asked Leanne how it felt to be selected for our 2023 end of year commitment to excellence,

“Commitment to excellence is at the core of everything we do as a company. It means consistently striving for the highest standards of quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction. We achieve this through a combination of rigorous quality control processes, ongoing training and development programs for our team, and a genuine dedication to exceeding customer expectations.”

For more information on Bona’s sustainability track record, product range and training centre dates, see the website below:

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