Kontio began in the early 1970s as a small local sawmill. Since then Kontio has grown to become the industry pioneer, developing the knowhow and new technologies needed for massive wooden buildings. Over 45 years, Kontio has delivered more than 40 000 log buildings. And today, Kontio is the world’s leading log house company – we’re the largest both in terms of sales and production.
Kontio’s full company name is Kontiotuote Oy and we belong to the Finnish PRT-Forest Group. This is a family-owned group of seven companies that focus on wooden buildings and construction materials. The owners, the Sydänmetsä family, have a long-term strategy to develop Kontio and the group’s other companies. The owners invest systematically in Kontio to develop our state-of-the-art products, technology and processes.
Kontiotuote Oy has a very strong financial position and we have been awarded The Strongest in Finland and the Achiever certificates, which reflect the financial reliability and strength of our company.
Key figures for Kontiotuote Oy, 2016:
Net turnover 45.7 EUR million
Operating profit 0.6 EUR million
Capital expenditure 0.6 EUR million
Return of capital invested 3.1 %
Our company name, Kontio, comes from the Finnish word for bear. In Finnish folklore the bear is regarded as the strongest animal and it’s known as the King of Forest, commanding great respect from people.
Like the bear, Kontio has its roots deep in the natural forests of the north, close to the Arctic Circle. During the cold winters warm and durable log houses have been essential for survival. Here in Finland, log houses are a tradition that is thousands of years old.