Our history

Our history of more than 100 years includes strong personalities, changing times and many different products. Moelven's timeline includes numerous milestones, and in light of the group's growth and development in recent years, the letter days are becoming more and more frequent.

1877
MOELVEN'S ANCESTOR
Industrial pioneer Theodor Krogvig purchased the waterfall rights to the Moelva River in 1877 and established Strømmen Brug. Krogvig himself designed much of the necessary machinery, and produced barrels and wheels for carts and wagons. Krogvig eventually sold the mill, and with the help of four friends he established Anderkværn Hjul- og Trævarefabrik along Moelva.

1899
THE MOELVEN LIMITED COMPANY IS FOUNDED
Following the death of Theodor Krogvig in 1898, the friends bought the operations at Anderkværn and founded the Moelven Limited Company on 24 July 1899. The four friends put up 5,000 kroner each, or approximately 1 million kroner in current money.

1904
THE FIRST BRAND: WAGON WHEELS  BOILED IN OIL
During the first years following start-up in 1899, Moelven produced wooden carpentry and decoration products. As early as 1904 the operation restructured production to wagon wheels boiled in oil. This was a quality product for horse wagons, and was along with a large variety of different wagons and carts Moelven's brand until the 1940s.
In the 1910s and 1920s furniture was also manufactured, in addition to bodywork and truck bodies for trucks.

1945
RADICAL RESTRUCTURING
Following the second world war, Moelven's product range was out of date, and activities turned to manufacturing products that were in demand in modern society: various types of trailers for tractors and construction machinery, in addition to snow ploughs and manure spreaders.
The radical restructuring was headed by Johs Mageli, who was appointed as manager and later became CEO. The need for investment was great, and despite significant challenges he succeeded in securing financing. Under Mageli's management Moelven developed into a sound industrial enterprise with a broad range of products.

1950
NEW BRAND: HOUSES ON WHEELS
Now the production of what would become a new brand for the company started – “Moelven houses on wheels,” i.e. a modern version of a mobile shed. These mobile houses were to become very popular and were employed within forestry, construction and the oil sector. The contractors called them the “Moelven shed,” while the employees called them “houses on wheels.”

THE 1960s
SECTION HOMES ON THE ASSEMBLY LINE
After a while Moelven started the production of more advanced homes – container homes, section homes and element homes. The sections were produced on several assembly lines and were assembled in large factory halls. Such industrial house production was new to Europe. The concept was developed into the production of finished house elements that were delivered directly to the building site for final assembly. From the end of the 1960s to the end of the 1980s, Moelven was a major supplier of residential houses and in some cases Moelven was responsible for entire developments. The various house types became common in Norway and Scandinavia.

SHOVEL LOADERS, DUMPER TRUCKS AND CRANES
At the start of the 1960s, Moelven started the development of shovel loaders, dumper trucks and mobile cranes. The crane range was subsequently developed into deck cranes and rescue cranes, and production continued into the 1970s and 1980s. During this period Moelven also produced several types of trailers for military use. Despite the commercial success of several of Moelven's products, development costs eventually rose to the extent that the entire mechanical industrial branch of the group was discontinued at the end of the 1980s.

THE START OF THE GLULAM SUCCESS
Glued wood structures were first brought into use in Europe in the mid-1950s. In 1960 Moelven started glulam production, and the market exploded in the 1970s when Moelven became market leader in glulam in Norway. In 1982 Moelven took over Swedish competitor Töreboda Limträ, which had started industrial glulam production in the early 1900s. Moelven's glulam technology has in recent decades been responsible for many of the group's most impressive projects.

THE 1970s
SKIS AND HOCKEY STICKS
From the mid-1970s and through all of the 1980s Moelven was involved in the Madshus ski factory, which also produced ice hockey sticks.

WOOD COMPONENTS AND SYSTEM WALLS
In 1972 Moelven started a new factory for the production of wood components for houses, among other things. The production of own sawn timber on a large scale started in the 1980s. In 1989 Moelven acquired parts of Norema and thus became involved in the production of flexible system interiors – walls, floors and ceilings – for commercial properties.

1980
FIRST SAWMILL – THE START OF A NEW ERA
In 1980 Moelven Mjøsbruket was established – Moelven Industrier's first sawmill. This became the start of a new and progressive business area and the introduction of a new era in the group. During the course of this decade, the group's growth in the timber industry continued through the acquisition of two major Swedish sawmills, Dalaträ in 1985 and Valåsens sågverk in 1988. The acquisition and investment in Valåsen was Moelven's hitherto largest financial effort and Moelven had now become one of Scandinavia's largest producers of industrial timber.

1981
MOELVEN IS LISTED ON THE STOCK EXCHANGE
With a share capital of NOK 17.5 million, Moelven is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

THE 1990s
MAJOR RESTRUCTURING IN A TURBULENT DECADE
The 1990s started with a deep recession following the expansive 1980s. The Norwegian housing market collapsed, and Moelven discontinued its housing production. The first half of the decade was characterized by major restructuring, organizational changes and cost cuts in Moelven, while the timber industry and glulam production were booming. The “clean bill of health” arrived with the acquisition of sawmill/planing mill Eidsvold Værk in 1995. In 1997 Moelven acquired Westwood's building module factory in Säffle and 1998 Moelven took over the Notnäs AB sawmill and the Westwood Group in Sweden. This entailed almost a doubling of timber industry activities.

1994
OLYMPIC GOLD TO MOELVEN TOO
The 17th Olympic Winter Games at Lillehammer in 1994 was a celebration and a major sporting event. Moelven supplied ready-made load-bearing laminated wood structures to the major arenas and building modules to several facilities, such as the athlete's village. Moelven's structures put a distinct mark on the Olympics, and the work up to the event constituted a technological leap for the company.

1998
GARDERMOEN – SHOWCASE FOR MOELVEN
Just like the Olympics, the Norwegian Government wanted Norway's new main airport, Oslo Airport Gardermoen, to be characterized by Norwegian building traditions and technology. In 1995 Moelven was handed the demanding task of constructing, producing and installing the load-bearing laminated wood structure of the terminal building's ellipse-shaped roof. At the time, it was the world's largest wooden structure. Gardermoen, which opened for traffic in 1998, became even more prestigious for Moelven than the Olympic arenas.

1999
MOELVEN 100 YEARS
In 1999 Moelven celebrated its 100th anniversary. Within the group there are a number of businesses that are even older than the parent company, and the oldest is Eidsvold Værk with links back to the 1670s. In the anniversary year, Moelven, along with the Swedish forest industry groups Bergkvist-Insjön and AB Karl Hedin, established a new raw material company in Sweden, Weda Skog, to secure access to raw materials.

2000
20 NEW PRODUCTION FACILITIES IN FOUR YEARS
In 2000 Moelven took over Norwegian group Forestia's forest industry activities and thus increased turnover by NOK 1.3 billion. The group acquired twelve new production facilities, and the number of employees grew by 820 people.

In the same year Moelven participated at the world fair EXPO 2000 in Hannover along with the Ministry of Trade and Industry and leading Norwegian businesses. Moelven also built the Norwegian pavilion.

2001
MOELVEN GETS FINNISH OWNERS
In 2001 the Finnish forestry group Finnforest became majority shareholder of Moelven following acquisition of the shares from Norwegian and Swedish forest owners. Combined, the enterprises constitute Europe's largest forestry industry company. In 2002 Moelven is taken off the Oslo Stock Exchange.

2003
LONGEST WOODEN BRIDGE
The world's longest wooden bridge so far opens in Flisa, across the river Glomma. The bridge is built using laminated wood structures from Moelven.

2004
THE FAMILY OF PRODUCTION PLANTS GROWS
Norwegian sawmill and planing mill group Are was sold to Moelven, which thus gained six new production facilities, whereof five in Sweden. In the same year Moelven acquired Mobilarum AB in Värmland, which manufactured mobile buildings, and acquired two new production facilities in Sweden with 150 new employees.

2006
MOELVEN GETS NORWEGIAN OWNERS
On 15 December 2006 Eidsiva Vekst AS and the forest owner associations Glommen Skog BA, Mjøsen Skog BA, Havass Skog BA, AT Skog BA and Viken Skog BA entered into an agreement with majority shareholder Metsäliitto and took over Finnforest's block of shares.

2007
MOELVEN ACQUIRES TRYSIL SKOG 
In November 2007 Moelven acquired forestry industry company Trysil Skog AS, with 57 employees. The Trysil plant becomes a part of Moelven Wood.

NEW CO-OWNER JOINS MOELVEN
In December 2007 Felleskjøpet Agri BA entered into an agreement with Eidsiva Vekst AS to acquire 40 percent of Eidsiva's Moelven shareholding. The acquisition was carried out through the company Eidsiva MI AS, which Eidsiva and Felleskjøpet co-own.

A YEAR OF RECORD EARNINGS
In 2007 the Moelven Group had a record profit of almost NOK 1 billion, and the year became one of the best ever for the mechanised wood sector.

2008
NOMINATED IN WORLD BUILING OF THE YEAR 2008
Viken Skog BA's administration building outside Hønefoss in Norway was nominated in the competition World Building of the Year 2008 at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, in the office building class. The building contains solid wood and laminated wood from Moelven MassivTre AS and Moelven Limtre AS.

MAJOR LAMINATED WOOD PROJECTS IN SWEDEN AND NORWAY
During the course of 2008 Moelven executed several sensational glulam projects, such as the extension of the terminal at Gardermoen and a new sporting and event arena with glulam structures in the ceiling – Göransson Arena in Sandviken, Sverige.


2009
THE GREAT RESTRUCTURING YEAR
In the wake of the financial crisis and the greatest slump in economic activity since the second world war, major restructuring is required in the organization.

In the great restructuring year there were nevertheless some positive items: Timber manufacturer Moelven Van Severen in Namsos celebrated 160 years, and production of the new award winning, insulated timber framework Iso3® started at Mjøsplast AS in Moelv. In Denmark Moelven took over operation of Odense Savværk.


2010
AWARD WINNING ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
Sweden and Norway won the gold for creativity and silver for best architecture and design respectively during Expo 2010. Both pavilions were to a large extent based on glulam structures from Moelven.

Moelven ByggModul AS received an order for 750 fully furnished modules at a value of NOK 120 million for works accommodation in connection with the construction of a factory in Canada.

Moelven agreed with the owners of Sør-Tre Bruk AS, comprising Sør-Tre Bruk AS in Sannidal and Granvin Bruk AS in Hardanger, in addition to Eco Timber AS to acquire their shares in the companies. This was done to strengthen Moelven's distribution, broaden the product range and expertise within special and trading products from wood.

COLLABORATION ON RAW MATERIAL SUPPLIES WAS DISCONTINUED
After 10 years, the owners of timber company Weda Skog AB decided to discontinue cooperation. The purpose was to obtain a new regional hold on raw material supplies to sawmills in Sweden by moving Moelven's activities into Moelven Skog AB.

2011
SWEDENS LARGEST WOODEN BRIDGE
Moelven Töreboda AB supplies Swedens largest wooden bridge to Solna. It is
181.5 metres long, and it will be used in connection with a extensive traffic diversion at Tomteboda Haga Södra in Solna.

TWO IMPORTANT ACQUISITIONS
The acquisition of plywood manufacturer Vänerply entails that an important product for Moelven in the laminate field is now our own product. As a part of the group, Moelven Vänerply is a part of a larger industrial network that contributes to synergies within raw material purchasing, distribution and market, among other things.

An agreement was also made to acquire H-Profil, which primarily produces wood components for the Norwegian window industry. The acquisition responds to the market's demand for a constantly higher degree of fabrication rather than processing sawn timber.

AWARD SHOWER
In June Moelven Limtre and Hydra Tidal were awarded the Schweighofer Prize 2011 for their innovative sea power project with laminated wood turbine blades. And during the Bygg Reis Deg fair at Lillestrøm, Moelvens revolutionary bearer Iso3 was awarded the 2011 Innovation prize. The bearer is a special adaptation for the new building regulations, and the innovation consists of a new, built-in polyurethane cold bridge guard.

FANTASTIC ARCHITECTURE
The new culture centre in Vennesla was nominated to the “Best building” award in the Nordic region. The spectacular building is characterized by the 27 glulam beams from Moelven that cross the ceiling, frame the room and stretch across the floor. At the end of the bow the structure creates niches that contain book cases and seating spaces – small reading caverns. The nomination attracted significant attention and was mentioned in several media.

SIX FLOORS WITH TIMBER FRAMEWORK
For the first time a six storey building was erected using the Trä8 system from Moelven Töreboda, a column/beam system based on glulam beams and the Kerto Q billet material. Trä8 was chosen over concrete by the principal behind two six-storey buildings in Askim outside of Göteborg. The reduced weight allowed the buildings to be built on the existing foundations. A second benefit was that the existing cellar could be kept, as Trä8 over six storeys weighs the same as two storeys of concrete.

COMPLICATED PRESTIGE PROJECT WENT TO MOELVEN
Moelven Elektro won the contract for the electrical work at Statoil's new 67,000 square metre headquarters at Fornebu. In addition to the AV facility, Moelven Elektro will undertake all electrical installations in the new building. With up to 60 electricians at work at the same time, this is Moelven Elektro's largest contract ever. Moelven has also won the contract to supply system furnishing for all offices in the new headquarters – another prestigious and comprehensive task.