The Bona Story – Bringing out the beauty in floors since 1919
From the start of our company in 1919, a constant thread has woven the foundation of Bona. Our values of passion, performance and pioneering are present in everything we do from our products to our company culture to our sustainable business practices. It’s not only how we operate the business, it’s how we interact in the world.
Bona’s founder, Wilhelm Edner originally owned a small grocery shop in Malmö, Sweden where coffee was his favorite product. In the shop, he also sold bonvax, an agent which when applied on the wood floor, created a polished and protective surface.
Edner realized the potential of bonvax and incorporated Bona AB in 1919. Now, 100 years later, Bona is the foremost leader in the hardwood floor industry with a wealth of innovation and knowledge all focused on bringing out the beauty in floors.
Bona's history and Swedish heritage has shaped us and made us who we are. Our passion for sustainable business practices means we care deeply about our planets’ resources. Our innovative products and systems inspire floor owners to renovate instead of replacing old or damaged floors and every part of our business model takes natural resources into consideration. We’re less interested in the path of least resistance and more interested in the path that minimizes the impact on environment.
Ever since the early days of bonvax, Bona has pioneered some of the most important innovations in the industry. In the early 1970’s Bona was among the first to remove toxic and hazardous chemicals from hardwood floor finish and proved water-based finish as a reliable and durable alternative. Additionally, Bona was one of the first companies to insist on dust containment systems that remove carcinogenic wood dust from the air and environment during the hardwood floor sanding process. We were also the first in our industry to offer a full system of waterborne hardwood floor finishing and floor care products certified for indoor air quality. Bona products are of premium quality and certified by a variety of international and national environmental organizations.
Our exceptional performance track-record and expertise have given us the privilege to care for floors in some of the world's busiest and most beautiful buildings. From the largest sports and basketball courts, to airports, museums and other public places Bona can be found in a variety of environments where the floors are exposed to heavy daily wear and tear and where demands on sustainable and performance are high. In addition to meeting the requirements of these highly trafficked floors, Bona also stays true to the needs and safety of the professionals, distributors, manufacturers, craftsmen and consumers. With the most durable finishes in the industry and the only company to offer a full system of sustainable products for floor care and maintenance, as well as a unique, worldwide network of Bona Certified Craftsmen, we empower all our customers to achieve the best possible results for floors. That's why we can say "Recommended by professionals since 1919".
Entering the next century, we remain a family-owned company committed to living the values of our business. We are devoted to developing, improving and finding new innovations not just in hardwood floors but also in other types of quality floors such as stone, tile, laminate, resilient and parquet. Our team is constantly looking at trends and possibilities for the absolute best in floors. When choosing Bona, you will know that you get high-tech and advanced products that care for your safety, deliver the best results and bring out the beauty in your floor.
As we celebrate 100 years and reflect on our heritage and success we honor the true heart of Bona – our people. With almost 600 employees Bona is now present in some 90 countries through subsidiaries and distributors. We are proud of the hard work, dedication and commitment our team makes every day to live and uphold the core values of our business. Our team makes it all possible – passion for making a difference, commitment to the best performing products in the industry and an ongoing curiosity for pioneering the next innovation for floors.