TIMBERWISE

A floor is an investment that you can feel under your feet for decades. Therefore, it makes a difference what kind of floor you purchase. At Timberwise we believe that in the long run only one thing is passed on from one generation to the next: Quality.

FINNISH TIMBERWISE

 

Timberwise is a family-owned company established in 1999, at Loimaa, Finland. We manufacture plank parquets for people who value natural, safe and high-quality Finnish craftsmanship. Our products are created by combining the best raw material in the world with Finnish carpentry and highly automated manufacturing methods. Our goal is to become known for the best plank parquets in the world.

OUR VALUES

 

To us, Timberwise is more than just a company. It is our life’s work guided by a firm belief in our shared values: Finnish wood processing expertise, sustainable development and safe products. Our values guide the way we work, the materials we choose, our manufacturing processes, and the quality of our products.

FINNISH WOOD PROCESSING EXPERTISE

Timberwise is a Finnish company. We believe that Finnish wood processing expertise is one of the strongest in the world. Since Timberwise was founded, we have taken pride in cultivating and developing this expertise. And we are therefore firmly committed to keep our production in Finland in the future.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND ETHICS

We only use traceable, ethically and ecologically grown wood in our products, and refrain from using exotic or endangered wood species. We strive to save natural resources in everything we do, and reuse or recycle the by-products and waste created in our production. We favour carbon dioxide emission-free and renewable energy, and also produce electricity with our own solar panels.

PRODUCT SAFETY

The floor is one of the largest surfaces in a home. Therefore, we want to be certain that our products are safe for the whole family. We do not use raw materials which are harmful to people or animals. We are the first parquet manufacturer to entirely give up the use of formaldehyde-containing adhesives in all products. Thus, our products are also safe for children and people with allergies.

FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT

Timberwise was born out of love for wood, and processing it in a way that we Finns are one of the best in the world. We want to become known for the best plank parquets in the world – for products that are passed down from one generation to the next.

THE TIMBERWISE STORY

‘I established my first company, Martek-Sapientia Oy, in 1988. The company’s main business was industrial automation. During the years of recession in the 1990s, over 90% of the company’s turnover came from export.

At the turn of the 20th century, Austrians were establishing a factory which would process spruce logs into parquet in Parikkala, Finland. Martek was involved as an equipment supplier, but as it turned out, the Austrians wanted to do everything themselves. We were left with the completed calculations and plans for the factory. We even had an empty factory building waiting, so we thought, why not do something similar in Loimaa? Through these incidents, Timberwise was born.

During the early years, spruce was sawn and processed on a ‘from logs to parquet’ basis and sold to the Alpine countries. Soon recession hit Germany, and the demand for parquet intended for Alpine Chalets decreased. At the same time, the larch boom began. During the years 2002–2005, almost 80% of the Timberwise parquets was made from larch.

The competition in the field was tough, but we already knew at an early stage that to operate in Finland, we would have to put all our efforts on best possible quality. While many of our competitors quit or transferred their production to less expensive countries, we decided to ‘go against the grain’. Guiden by our values, we invested in automating our production and developing our production, as well as in the skills and well-being of our personnel. Our minds were set on preserving the traditional wood processing expertise in Finland. For that part, nothing has really changed.

Today, Timberwise manufactures the highest-quality plank parquet from the best raw materials: oak, ash and larch. All our wood comes from PEFC and FSC-certified forests in Europe. To produce our parquets, we only use safe and ethical materials, such as moisture-resistant and formaldehyde-free adhesive, as well as Finnish birch plywood in the middle layer. This results in the world’s best parquet – a product that is suitable for all conditions, from the dryness of Lapland to the humidity of Hong Kong.

Although we’ve have been on this journey for almost two decades, it has only just begun and you are cordially welcomed along!’

Markku Mäkitalo
Founder, Timberwise