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Bostik S.A.
Founded1889; 130 years ago (1889) (as Boston Blacking Company)
Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.
HeadquartersLa Défense, Paris, France[citation needed]
Area served
ProductsAdhesives, sealants
Number of employees
5,000 (March 2009)

Bostik is an international adhesives company.


The owner of the Bostik brand began as the Boston Blacking Company, founded in 1889[1] in Chelsea, Massachusetts. In 1929 the company was bought by the United Shoe Machinery Corporation (USM). The Bostik brand name was first registered in the USA in 1930, and was in use in the UK by 1935.[2] In 1950 the company became the B. B. Chemical Co., and then Bostik, Inc. It then merged with Emhart Manufacturing in 1975, and Emhart was purchased by Black & Decker Corporation in 1989. Black & Decker then sold the Bostik businesses to Total in 1990. Bostik, Inc. then merged with Ato Findley, Inc. to become Bostik Findley, Inc. in 2001 following the merger of their parent companies, Total Fina and Elf Aquitaine. In 2004, Bostik Findley changed its name back to Bostik.[3] In 2015 Bostik was sold to Arkema from Total for a reported €1.71 billion ($2.5 billion).

Early 20th century dubbin tin from the Boston Blacking Co. under the Be-Be-Co brand name: Dubb-O

UK subsidiary[edit]

Early in its history, Boston Blacking acquired a number of overseas subsidiaries, such as the Boston Blacking Company, Ltd., in Leicester, England (before 1899). By 1940 this had become known as the B. B. Chemical Co.[4] and by 1966 as Bostik Ltd.


Bostik is among the four top adhesives and sealants producers in the world. Bostik employs over 5,000 workers in 50 countries and five continents.[5]

Bostik has well recognized name in industrial markets. It has some divisions such as: Industrial/Nonwovens, Construction and Distribution and High performance polymers. Its brands include Bostik, Blu Tack, Prestik, Sader, Quelyd, Simson, Evo-Stik, Alliance, Ardal, Cementone, Mem, Technik, Hey'Di, SB Mercier, Chem-Calk, Hydroment, Durabond, Anchor Weld, Clag, Gripfill, Flexacryl and Aquamac weatherband.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bostik UK Company History Archived 2009-01-06 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 2015-08-19
  2. ^ Marine Engineer and Naval Architect, Volume 58, 1935, accessed 2015-08-19
  3. ^ Bostik corporate information Archived 2009-01-06 at the Wayback Machine Bostik Limited
  4. ^ The Times, London, 1940
  5. ^ Bostik corporate information Archived 2009-01-06 at the Wayback Machine Bostik Limited
  6. ^ Bostik corporate information Archived 2009-01-05 at the Wayback Machine Bostik Limited

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