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Since February 2011, P.O. Korhonen has been a Martela Corporation and Artek Oy joint enterprise. Martela has a 51 per cent stake in the company, while Artek’s holding is 49 per cent. The joint enterprise will focus on the manufacture of products marketed and sold by Martela and Artek.

P.O. Korhonen Oy manufactures form-pressed wooden furniture. The company’s core competence is unique handling, bending and form-pressing of wood. The joint enterprise invested in a new finishing line at its plant, thanks to which furniture finishing, including colour variation, is now more versatile and competitive. In conjunction with the investment, the plant adopted environmentally friendly water-soluble surface finishing agents.  Investments were also made to prepare for the manufacture of Artek’s products.

Both design companies benefit from easily accessible high-standard manufacturing and technical know-how. Since the number of wooden chair manufacturers in Finland is declining, having one’s own manufacturing capacity ensures that products are always available and that classic pieces can still be made. Having locally based manufacturing in Finland allows quick, flexible and customer-focused solutions, which is essential in international projects in particular.

In 2011, the company employed an average of 46 (50) people.