Bostik 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.
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.
On February 2nd, 2015, Arkema finalized the acquisition of Bostik. With this acquisition, the Group reaches a new milestone in its development, and confirms its ambition to become a world leader in specialty chemicals and advanced materials. Bostik’s growth prospects and the complementarities identified between the two firms will sustain the success of this high value creating project.