It was founded as the Boston Blacking Co. in Chelsea, Massachusetts, in 1889.
It has its origins in the shoe industry and shoe adhesives. It was taken over by USM (United Shoe Machinery) in 1929 and was developed on a global scale, focusing on the shoe industry until the 1950’s when the company embarked on international expansion and diversification.
In 1990, Bostik was purchased by TOTAL, the French oil and gas company, which carried on expanding Bostik by merging it with its own adhesives affiliates and through a steady acquisition policy which gradually brought Bostik among the leading players.
Bostik Findley was formed in 2001 as a result of the merger of two of France’s largest oil & gas companies, Total Fina and Elf Aquitaine, and their two adhesives companies, Bostik and Ato Findley.
In 2004, Bostik became the of ficial brand name of the company.
Arkema announced on February 2015 that it has finalised the acquisition of Bostik. With the acquisition process now complete, Bostik is looking forward to writing the next chapter of Bostik’s history in partnership with Arkema.