Kährs Group increases its focus on Upofloor’s resilient flooring and recruits a global sales manager

Kährs Group, a world leading manufacturer of wood and resilient flooring, strengthens its organization in the area of sales of Upofloor resilient flooring. Markus Schätzle is to become the new Global Sales Manager for the resilient flooring product area, which provides flooring for use in public and commercial spaces. 

“We see great potential in the company’s resilient flooring business, which is driven by the project market. Upofloor’s PVC-free flooring is long-lasting and is suitable for projects with high environmental and quality requirements, not least in the healthcare sector and also in schools and childcare,” says Mikael Forss, the manager responsible for the resilient flooring product area.

Kährs Group is working actively to increase the distribution of Upofloor flooring in its main markets, and the recruitment of Markus Schätzle as Resilient Global Sales Manager is part of this ambition.

“We welcome Markus Schätzle to Kährs Group and I look forward to continuing to develop the global sales of resilient flooring together with him,” says Mikael Forss.

Markus was previously at Knauf Integral, where he was the Head of Sales and Marketing of Flooring Systems. Prior to that, he worked for companies such as Pergo and Witex, with a focus on sales, marketing and product management. Markus will join Kährs Group on 1st June and will be based in Germany, which is one of the main markets for Upofloor’s resilient flooring.

About Upofloor
Upofloor is a growing supplier of flooring for public spaces. The business focus is on systematically increasing investment in high-end products, while the product development at the same time takes into account the increasingly stringent demands on flooring materials in terms of environmental, health and sustainability aspects.

From January 2016, resilient flooring has been a separate division within Kährs Group, with Mikael Forss being its Global Manager, with responsibility for everything from supply to sales and distribution. This product area’s main markets are in Europe and North America, and the largest individual markets are Finland, Germany, Sweden and the United States. The manufacturing is carried out at two production plants in Finland. More information is available at www.upofloor.com

For further information, please contact:
Mikael Forss, Global Manager Resilient Flooring, phone: +358 405 545 208
Helén Johansson, Corporate Communication, phone: +46 70 364 60 30


About Kährs Group
Kährs Group is a world-leading flooring manufacturer in hardwood and resilient flooring with a number of strong brands in its product portfolio, including Kährs, Karelia and Upofloor. The Company's innovations have shaped the industry throughout history and Kährs Group is dedicated to providing the market with innovative new flooring solutions. Kährs Group, which delivers products to more than 70 countries, is the market leader in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia and holds a strong position in other key markets, such as the UK and Germany. The Group has approximately 1,550 employees and annual sales of EUR 300 million. www.kahrsgroup.com

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Kährs Group is a Europe-leading wood- and resilient flooring company with well-known and globally recognized brands such as Kährs, Karelia and Upofloor. The company’s innovations have shaped the industry and Kährs purposefully work to bring new innovations to the flooring market. Kährs Group deliver products for homes, commercial applications and public spaces in more than 70 countries. The Group have a market leading position in Sweden, Finland and Russia as well as a strong position in other important markets such as Norway, the UK and Germany.


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