About Us

The Leading Branded Hardboard In Europe

LION BoardsTM are high-quality hardboards from Finland. They are manufactured almost entirely from natural wood and take advantage of by-products from the wood processing industry in nearby areas. LION BoardsTM are safe for both human health and the environment, are very strong and have excellent processing properties.

LION BoardsTM carry the NFB trademark. Wet process hardboard differs from other wood fibreboard in that we take advantage of the woods own bonding substance, lignin. This means that no potentially harmful substances are released from the boards, and that they are easy to recycle and dispose of. LION BoardsTM are composed of softwoods that have a consistent light sandy colour. Read more about NFB here

LION BoardsTM are probably one of the greenest engineered wood panels on the market. We recycle wood fibre by-products from saw mills close to our Heinola Mill, and have full Chain of Custody on our raw materials, resulting in us being able to offer our customers PEFC certified materials.

Healthy indoor air quality requires a good emission standard from the materials used, and thanks to their natural composition, LION BoardsTM have low chemical emissions, which assists in improving indoor air quality. LION Boards™ carry the highly valued M1 certificate, are safe and extremely well suited for use within indoor environments. LION BoardsTM will assist you in the design and construction of healthier and more comfortable buildings.

At our Heinola mill we regularly monitor our production to ensure that we only supply the highest quality products. LION BoardsTM excellent density profile results in machined surfaces that laminate, paint, stain and wrap easily and consistently. Our facilities operate high quality equipment and controls in order to ensure our fibreboard panels meet the strictest of quality control standards.

LION BoardsTM intended for permanent construction use are CE marked in accordance with requirements. For declarations of performance (DoP’s), please visit our Tools & Downloads page. Which also features magazine articles, certificates and data sheets.

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Company History

Notable dates


Enso-Gutzeit Oy and A.Ahlström Oy combined their fibreboard interests to form Suomen Kuitulevy Oy (Finnish Fibreboard Ltd). The Heinola and Karhula mills were transferred from Enso, the Pihlava mill was transferred from Ahlström. Ownership of the Company was 60% Enso, 40% Ahlström.


Enso sold their panel products interests, consisting of the Heinola and Säynätsalo plywood mills, and their 60% share in Finnish Fibreboard, to Oy Wilh.Schauman Ab (later to become part of UPM-Kymmene). Being part of Finland’s leading manufacturer of plywood and chipboard created some synergies, for example, in the supply of raw materials and power, and marketing. Responsibility for domestic sales, and a large part of the export marketing, was transferred to the Schauman marketing organisation.


At the beginning of the decade, recession in the Finnish building industry saw domestic sales decline by more than half. At the same time, exports were very difficult due to the strong Finnish currency (markka) and a market situation of oversupply. This situation made reorganisation necessary to reduce the cost base and improve the balance sheet. Power production, both at Heinola and Pihlava mills, was transferred to local energy companies, and softboard production was transferred from Karhula to the Pihlava mill.


In the 1990’s, UPM-Kymmene decided to concentrate on core activities and to sell businesses that were not part of this strategy. The chipboard business was sold in 1994. The solution for the fibreboard business was an MBO, with Management buying a 75% share of the Company. Schauman retained 15%, and Ahlström 10%


Previously, UPM-Kymmene had taken care of all financial and IT matters. After the MBO, responsibility for these functions transferred to Finnish Fibreboard. Co-operation with UPM-Kymmene continued as UPM Forest still supplied raw material to the Heinola mill. The Pihlava mill set up a supply agreement with Biowatti Oy (owned by the Metsaliitto Group).

The Marketing operation was transferred to Finnish Fibreboard in stages. In the UK, responsibility for marketing was transferred from Schauman (UK) Ltd, and Finnish Fibreboard (UK) Ltd was established in 2001.

The ownership structure was simplified in 2002 when Ahlström decided to sell its 10% shareholding. Management increased its share to 83%, and Schauman Wood (part of the UPM-Kymmene Group) to 17%.

In 2003 the most significant event was the decision to improve the Heinola power plant. The work will be carried out by Lahti Energia, who have long term energy supply contracts with Finnish Fibreboard and UPM-Kymmene. This will take place during the summer 2004.

Responsibility for domestic sales was transferred from Schauman Wood (part of the UPM-Kymmene Group) in 2004, with the setting up of a combined sales organisation for Suomen Kuitulevy Oy and Puhos Board Oy products – LEIJONA-WILHELMI LEVYMYYNTI.


In year 2010 Finnish Fibreboard Ltd and Versowood Oy strengthened raw material supply trough ownership arrangements.; 19,5% of the share stock of Finnish Fibreboard Ltd was acquired by Versowood Group Oy, mainly through direct issue of shares. Due to the same arrangements, 66% of the shares stuck with the lead of Finnish Fibreboard Ltd and 14,5% with UPM Kymmene.


As a result of employee co-operation negotiations Finnish Fibreboard Ltd has closed it’s Pihlava Softboard mill. At the same time Finnish Fibreboard Ltd has separated their hardboard and softboard sales organisations. Sales of Finnwind and softboards will continue through Suomen Tuulileijona Oy, a wholly owned Finnish Fibreboard Ltd daughter company. Finnish Fibreboard Ltd will continue with hardboard sales.