Bostik’s heritage goes back to the 19th century.
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.
Bostik is a company with a long and rich history. 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.
Ato Findley created in 1996 was founded through the merger of three companies:
Ceca Adhesives: the adhesive branch of Elf Atochem and the top-ranking adhesive specialist in France (Sader, Quelyd) with a strong European position and a growing worldwide presence.
Findley Adhesives: the Wisconsin Paste Company was bought by Frank G. Findley, a manufacturer of wallpaper and billboard paste. In 1917 the company became known as F.G. Findley CO. and later Findley Adhesives, world leader in the disposable non-woven products market.
Laporte Adhesives and Sealants: the leader in the United Kingdom and Ireland (under the Evo-Stik and Sovereign brand names) with a rapidly growing share of the Dutch (Simson) and German (Hey’di) markets.
On October 1, 2004, Bostik became the official brand name of the company.
Bostik is a subsidiary of the Total group and is one of the leading companies on the worldwide adhesives and sealants market.