1932 PMK, or the Finnish cotton mills' joint sales office was founded. PMK's advertising campaigns could be seen in magazines, shop windows and in outdoor advertising. Finlayson & Co. acquired a majority stake in Forssan Oy. Subsequent to a merger, the company became Oy Finlayson- Forssa Ab.
In 1839 the industrial weaving of cotton fabrics was established in Tampere, Finland. Employee housing was built and a school was founded in conjunction with the cotton mill, followed by a sickness fund, a hospital, a library and a church. Finlayson's cotton mill opened the first savings bank and a cooperative in Tampere.
In the 1860s, Finlayson employed half the population of Tampere. The cotton mill was the first employer in Finland to offer industrial work also to women. Finlayson's high quality products received several awards at international exhibitions.
James Finlayson (1772-1852) was a Scottish Quaker and machine engineer, who brought the Industrial Revolution to Tampere, Finland. Finlayson gave his name and reputation to the city and the textile manufacturing company he founded there - Finlayson & Co went on to become the largest industrial enterprise in the Nordic countries between 1850 and 1920. As an great industrialist and loving philanthropist Finlayson played an important part in the industrial and social development of Finland.
Right up until the 1950s, the models for printed textile patterns were bought from abroad. In 1951, a studio was founded at Finlayson's Forssa mill which also hired its first designers who had received art training. Finlayson merged with Vaasan Puuvilla Oy.