On 25 January Arvi Paloheimo died at the age of 92 years following a long illness. His memory lives on, also in the numerous building projects of the great architect and designer Alvar Aalto, who often used special brick sizes from Paloheimo’s brickworks in Riihimäki. Since the independence of Finland in 1917, the Paloheimo family-run business with its broadly based construction activities has played a significant part in building Finland’s economy. Arvi Paloheimo, who took over management of the family business in 1957, headed the Association of Finnish Clay Brick and Tile Industry from 1959 up to the sale of the brickworks in 1987. The multilingual lawyer was President of Tile and Bricks Europe from 1985 to 1988.
We shall honour his memory.