Bona Professional

Our Story

Bona has been a trusted name in floor care for one hundred years. Bona was established in Malmö in 1919 and is a family-owned company that understands the importance of durability and long-term sustainability.

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.

Bringing out the beauty in floors since 1919

Bona’s founder, Wilhelm Edner, originally owned a small grocery shop in Malmö, Sweden where coffee was his favourite product. In his shop, he also sold bonvax, an agent which, when applied to a wood floor, created a polished and protective surface. Edner realised the potential of bonvax, and founded Bona AB in 1919. Now, over 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 planet’s 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 minimises 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 national and international environmental organisations.

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 yje demands on sustainability and performance are high. In addition to meeting the requirements of these high-traffic floors, Bona also stays true to the needs and safety of professionals, distributors, manufacturers, craftsmen and consumers who use our products. 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 an 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”.

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 national and international environmental organisations.

As we reflect on our heritage and success, we honour the true heart of Bona – our people. With more than 600 employees, Bona is now present in some 90 countries, through subsidiaries and distributors. We’re proud of the hard work, dedication and commitment our team makes every day to live up to and uphold our business’s core values. 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.

Facts and figures

With more than 600 employees, Bona has five factories across the globe, and is present in 90 countries, through 17 international subsidiaries and distributors. Bona is headquartered in Malmö, Sweden, with subsidiaries around the world, including Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic/Hungary/Slovakia, France, Germany, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Spain/Portugal, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the US. In 2018, Bona reached 2.6 billion SEK in sales.