When Karl Martinson purchased a mobile sawmill in 1929, (which his son Sigurd later travelled with around the countryside surrounding Bygdsiljum), he did so because he saw the possibilities - both for wood as a material and for the use of innovative technical solutions. The area was in need of these types of services, and as such, there was a potential to develop the business. Of course, he could not have known then that he was laying the groundwork for what eight decades later would become one of Sweden's largest family-owned wood processing companies: a group with industry-leading, cutting-edge expertise in modern wood-based construction technology. Even at that time, Karl Martinson displayed the Martinson spirit that would come to characterise the company over the years. 

Pioneers in glulam In the early 1940s, Sigurd Martinson built a permanent sawmill on the same site on which the plant in Bygdsiljum stands today. The operation continued to grow and expand and in 1954, a limited company was established in which all of his children became part-owners. Sales at that time were approximately SEK 500,000. Sigurd's sons, Nils and Åke, took over the business in 1963. Martinsons also began to take an interest in the glulam being produced in Germany at about the same time. Management saw the material's potential and decided to begin manufacturing. Glulam production began at the sawmill in Bygdsiljum in 1965, with Martinsons' first specialised glulam factory built five years later.

Success in Japan Over time, Martinsons grew into an increasingly strong player within the Swedish wood industry. A new sawline was built in Bygdsiljum in 1975, which at the time was the most modern in Europe, being computerised and using advanced electronics. Production of Comwood poles began in 1984. At the same time, the market's interest in glulam beams was also growing, both in Sweden and internationally. Sales of glulam to Japan began in 1992 and have since grown so as to make Japan the company's largest export market. 

The fourth generation The second half of the 20th century marked the start of an expansive period in the history of the Martinsons Group. Hällnäs Såg AB was acquired in 1996 - a sawmill with a history dating back to the late 1800s and with a long tradition of expertise and craftsmanship. In 1998, the fourth generation of Martinsons took over the leadership of the company when Lars Martinson was appointed CEO. Several of Karl Martinson's great-grandchildren are currently active in managerial roles within the company, which over time has grown from a small, local sawmill to a market-leading wood processing enterprise with customers located throughout a large part of the world.

Offensive initiatives Expansion continued with the incorporation into the group of Wallmark Såg AB at Kroksjön in 2003. The first solid-wood building system was also launched in the same year - a new way to build in wood that further strengthened Martinsons' position at the forefront of developments in wood-based construction. A series of investments were made in the group's three sawmills during the years that followed. The success of the new technical solutions and increased confidence on the part of customers resulted in an increase in demand for timber. First in line was Bygdsiljum, where the new sawline unveiled in 2005 was Europe's most modern. Other investments in the sawmills at Kroksjön and Hällnäs were also carried out between 2006 and 2008, resulting in greatly increased milling capacity.

Billion kronor-mark exceeded Today, Martinsons is one of Sweden's largest family-owned wood processing businesses. In addition to a comprehensive production of sawn wood goods, Martinsons is also Sweden's largest producer of glulam, as well as the Nordic leader in wooden bridges and glulam and solid wood building systems, respectively. Sales exceeded the 1 billion kronor-mark in 2007 and Martinsons now has more than 400 employees. The journey from a small sawmill with local customers around Bygdsiljum to an industry-leading wood processing group, successful even on international markets, has taken eight decades. It is during these many years that Martinsons has built up a genuine expertise within the industry, which serves as the basis for its current successes. Both the legacy passed down from earlier generations and the innovative Martinsons spirit make it natural for Martinsons to adopt a leading role in development and to contribute to driving the Swedish wood processing tradition forward into the 21st century.