Our History

+130 years of innovation

In 2019, we celebrated the 130th anniversary of the founding of the Boston Blacking
Company, the successful starting point for our company. By applying superior technology
to develop ever more innovative solutions, Bostik has achieved international success and
become a world-class leader in the adhesives industry.

The Boston Blacking Company: A great beginning

In 1889, the Boston Blacking Company, a producer of leather colourings and dyes for the
shoemaking industry, was founded in Chelsea, Massachusetts. The company grew in
several countries through mergers, acquisitions and organic growth. By the late 1920’s,
the Boston Blacking Company was established in 12 countries across three continents
and employed over 1,000 chemists and technicians. A number of products has been
launched under the Bostik brand as early as the 1940’s and took on the Bostik company
name in the 1960’s.

Growth through acquisition

In 1980, Bostik was taken over by the Connecticut group Emhart Corporation, which nin
years later was, itself, bought up by Black & Decker. Black & Decker split apart the
mechanical and chemical activities of the group to leave Bostik as a stand-alone
In 1990, the French oil and gas group Total acquired Bostik and merged its own adhesive
affiliates into it.
Totalfina and Elf Aquitaine merged to form TotalFinaElf, subsequently renamed Total.
Their respective adhesives divisions, Bostik and Atofindley, were brought together to
form Bostik Findley SA and the name was subsequently changed in 2004 to Bostik SA.
In 2013, Bostik revisited its brand identity, with a new signature “smart adhesives” and a
gecko inspired from nature with a science-based connection to Bostik’s adhesives
In 2015, Arkema, a global chemical major with leadership positions in specialty
chemicals and high performance materials, acquired Bostik.

From pioneering waterproof boots to launching the first elastic attachment adhesive used

in a baby diaper, our history is full of smart innovation.

Since 1889 we’ve patented over 9,000 technologies covering everything from aerospace
interior adhesives to Blu-Tack. We’ve evolved enormously along the way, growing from a
local dye manufacturer to a global industry leader.

We continue to pursue innovation just as vigorously as our predecessors and we look forward with confidence to the next 125 years of our history.

Vincent Legros, Bostik CEO


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