Stora Enso. Stora Kopparberg is considered to be one of the world's oldest companies. A document from 1288 showed that the bishop Peter Elofsson in Västerås then purchased one-eighth of the Falun copper mine.
In 1998, the forestry companies Stora Kopparberg Bergslags AB (Stora) and Finnish Enso merged to form Stora Enso.
Mining occurred in Falun thousands years ago, possibly as early as in the 600's. For centuries this was the largest workplace. No company contributed so much to finance the Swedish empire as the mining in Falun. There were technological advances that were important also in other places.
Erik Johan Ljungberg
The person who transformed Stora Kopparberg Bergslag from a mining company to a modern large corporation, the largest in the 1900s with iron and wood as main products, was Erik Johan Ljungberg. At the age of 32 he became manager in 1875 in Bergslagen and he was leading the company until 1913.
Ljungberg took part in the rapid development of commercial steel and paper manufacturing. The sawmill and pulp industry in Skutskär, Domnarvets ironworks and Kvarnsveden mill in Borlänge was largely his creation. He also took measures to secure the large forest and hydro assets for the company. Ljungberg brought the idea to form the industry federation and became its first chairman in 1910-12.
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