23/07/2014 - Press release

Bostik celebrates 125 years of innovation

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Global adhesive specialist marks anniversary of the company’s founding in 1889

Bostik, leading global adhesive specialist for industrial manufacturing, construction and consumer markets, today announced plans to mark its 125 year anniversary. The firm was founded in 1889 in Massachusetts, USA as the Boston Blacking Company, and numerous local events and promotional activities are planned to celebrate the role that innovation has played in the company’s development.

Bostik Chairman & CEO, Mr Bernard Pinatel, commented, “I am proud to pay tribute to our company’s rich history and to recognise the role that innovation has played in enabling Bostik to become a leader in the adhesives industry.” He added, “We continue to pursue innovation just as vigorously as our predecessors and we look forward with confidence to the next 125 years.”

Bostik’s activities today are remarkably different from those of the Boston Blacking Company’s leather treatment business for the shoemaking industry. What has remained throughout the years is the pursuit of innovation and applying the latest advances in technology to develop smart adhesive solutions for its customers and end users. Bostik’s archives contain many examples of how its adhesive technologies have changed their respective markets, including the introduction of potato starch-based wallpaper adhesive in 1922, new packaging and application techniques for hot melt adhesives in 1960, the first elastic attachment adhesive for disposable diapers in 1975 and the first silyl modified polymer-based grab adhesives in 2001.

This commitment to delivering novel and original adhesive solutions continues, as demonstrated by Bostik’s most recent product launches. For the disposable hygiene market, Bostik recently introduced ZeroCreep Avancé, an elastic attachment adhesive which combines unmatched elastic strand hold and elongation performance with significant cost-in-use advantages. Bostik’s Axios Tri-Linking polymer technology is a breakthrough in the hardwood flooring adhesives category offering improved bond strength, moisture protection and acoustic benefits. In the transportation sector, ISR 70-03 FR, is a first-to-market fire retardant adhesive/sealant which exceeds the most stringent fire protection standards for mass transit applications.

To commemorate this important milestone, unique Bostik 125 Years of Innovation branding has been developed and will be featured in advertising, company materials and point-of-sale displays over the next year. Commemorative items, including a 125 year anniversary book, will be distributed to staff and customers in the coming months.

About Bostik

Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in industrial manufacturing, construction and consumer markets. For more than a century, it has been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape people’s daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With 2013 sales of 1.6 € billion, the company employs 4,800 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries.
Bostik is a company of Total.

Contact information

Paul O’Dwyer
Phone: +353 1 862 4920 / E-mail: paul.odwyer@bostik.com

Ava Perez
Phone: +33 1 55 99 90 58 / E-mail: ava.perez@bostik.com

www.bostik.com