This is where it begins.
In the heart of Dalarna, deep in the dark evergreen forest, is Mångsbodarna.
And it is here that we find the red stone. Älvdal Quartzite. Created
more than 1.4 billion years ago. Unique owing to its red color and veined
structure. And moreover one of the hardest rock types to be found
in Sweden. The people of Dalarna have admired it for centuries. If you
travel through the settlements around Lake Siljan, you will discover the
red stone in many places.
Stone. A steadfast friend throughout humanitys development. Nothing
else has protected us as much. Nothing else has offered so much security.
And now, at the beginning of a new millennium, we are discovering its
advantages. During a time when we realize that we must live with nature,
we are again finding what our ancestors knew. That stone is a fantastic
material. Put your hand on it and feel its pleasant warmth. Run your fingertips
along its surface and be fascinated by the myriad structures that nature
creates. Heft it in your hand and feel its weight. Embrace it and be impressed
by its hardness.
Centuries of research have not yet succeeded in creating a material that
is as complete. That is as fascinating, existing in so many variations,
and can offer so many possibilities.
Thats why we started Wasasten in 1991. Here, in Mångsbodarna,
we currently quarry approximately 700 cubic meters of Älvdal Quartzite
each year, and process approximately 10,000 square meters of slabs. We
are able to do this because we have Swedens only production line
for thin slabs, so we can easily and quickly help our customers.
We no longer need to transport the material long distances for processing,
which is good for everyone, not least of all the natural environment.
Here, in this region, there is a tradition of working with stone that
stretches back for centuries. Competence in the craft and pride in a job well-done
lives on. For us, quality means transferring a little bit of the joy and
satisfaction we feel when we work with stone. For our quality efforts,
we became the first stone company in Sweden to be certified under ISO
Nature is our workplace. Every day. Year-round. And it is a mighty landscape
that we have the privilege to work in. The rush of the mill sluice nearby
continually reminds us of our responsibility. Holding an environmental
certification - which we have according to ISO 14001 - brings with it
many requirements. But you can also express it as simply as one of our
stonemasons did: "Its about having hindsight in advance".
That is where everything begins.