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+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.


In 1889, the Boston Blacking Company was founded in Chelsea, Massachusetts. A producer of leather colourings and dyes for the shoemaking industry, 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 were launched under the Bostik brand as early as the 1940’s, with the business taking on the Bostik company name in the 1960’s.


In 1980, Bostik was taken over by the Connecticut group Emhart Corporation, which nine years later was itself bought by Black & Decker. Black & Decker split apart the mechanical and chemical activities of the group to leave Bostik as a stand-alone brand. 

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 business . 

Arkema, a Specialty Materials player offering innovative and sustainable solutions, acquired Bostik in 2015.

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, 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 the confidence to the next 130 years of our history.