Bostik is a French manufacturer of adhesive and sealing products based in Colombes, France. The company develops, manufactures and distributes specialty adhesives and sealants for construction, industrial and consumer markets. With annual sales of €2.1 billion, the company employs 6,000 people and has a presence in more than 40 countries. Bostik is part of Arkema.

FormerlyBoston Blacking Company
TypeLimited company
Headquarters420 rue d’Estienne d’Orves, 92705 Colombes, France
Area served
Key people
Vincent Legros, Chairman and chief executive officer
ProductsAdhesives and sealants for construction, durable goods, advanced packaging, disposable hygiene (non-woven) and consumer goods
BrandsBlu Tack (Prestik), Den Braven, Evo-Stik, Fortaleza, Lip, Mem, Prochimir, Quelyd, Sader, Super Vulcaseal, Xl Brands
Revenue€2.1 billion
Number of employees


In 1889, the Boston Blacking Company, a producer of leather colourings and dyes, was founded in Chelsea, Massachusetts. The company became the chemical branch of United Shoe Machinery (USM) – an American leader in the shoemaking industry – and grew in several countries through mergers, acquisitions and organic growth.

By the late 1920s, the Boston Blacking Company was established in 12 countries across three continents and employed over 1,000 chemists and technicians. A number of products had been launched under the Bostik brand as early as the 1940s and the company took on Bostik as a company name in the 1960s.

In 1980, Bostik was taken over by the Connecticut group Emhart Corporation, which nine years later was, itself, bought up by Black & Decker. Black & Decker split apart the mechanical and chemical activities of the group to leave Bostik as a stand-alone concern.

In 1990, the French oil and gas group Total acquired Bostik and merged its own adhesive affiliates into it.

In 2000, Totalfina and Elf Aquitaine merged to form TotalFinaElf, subsequently renamed Total. Their respective adhesives divisions, Bostik and Atofindley, were brought together to form Bostik Findley, and the name was subsequently changed in 2004 to Bostik.

In 2013 Bostik revisited its brand identity, with a new signature "smart adhesives" and a gecko inspired from nature with a science-based connection to Bostik's adhesives business[citation needed]. In 2015, Arkema, a global chemical major with leadership positions in specialty chemicals and high performance materials, acquired Bostik.

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

Headquarters buildingEdit

In 1937, Boston Blacking built a Streamline Moderne headquarters building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, signposted as "B B CHEMICAL",[1] and used it until 1966. The building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1982.[2][3]


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.[4]

Bostik has a well recognized name in industrial markets[citation needed]. 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.[5]

On the industrial level, Bostik products are used in many sectors including aeronautics,[6] household appliances, automotive,[7] transport[8] and construction.[9]

Bostik products are also used in the packaging industry[10] and advanced packaging, as well as in the assembly sector and disposable hygiene products.[11]

Bostik is also for the General Public with preparation, assembly and repair products as well as a range of adhesives and glues, stationery and artisanar for DIY and hobby (including Blu Tack).


Two products have received the approval of professionals and the general public:

  • Brilliance: the first high-performance olefin adhesive for fixing elastics,[12] a patented formulation.[13] In 2018, Bostik won the Adhesives and Sealant Council (ASC) trophy for the contribution to innovation of Brilliance™.[14][15]
  • Fix & Flash: bonding technology which dries in contact with the rays of LED light. Fix & Flash is voted "Product of the year 2019[16]" in the "repair glue" category.

External linksEdit

  • Official website


  1. ^ Manning's Cambridge Directory, 1946, p. 122
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 15 April 2008.
  3. ^ "MACRIS inventory record and NRHP nomination for B & B Chemical Company". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  4. ^ Bostik corporate information Archived 6 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine Bostik Limited
  5. ^ Bostik corporate information Archived 5 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine Bostik Limited
  6. ^ C, Mariana. "Marché Adhésifs Aéronautique par principaux pays Données 2020 – Demande des entreprises par les fabricants, croissance par taille et part des prévisions jusqu'en 2023 –". Retrieved 12 November 2020.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Marché mondial des adhésifs stratifiés automobiles 2020 – Impact du COVID-19, analyse de la croissance future et défis | Société 3M, Henkel, The Dow Chemical Company, HB Fuller, Bostik". Instant Interview (in French). Archived from the original on 12 November 2020. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  8. ^ "General Transportation | Industrial Adhesives". Bostik. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Marché mondial des adhésifs de construction 2020 – Impact du COVID-19, analyse de la croissance future et défis | Henkel, HB Fuller, Sika, DOW CORNING, Bostik". Journal l'Action Régionale (in Canadian French). Archived from the original on 12 November 2020. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  10. ^ C, Mariana. "Taille du marché mondial Revêtement d'emballage en plastique souple 2020-2025, régions clés avec taux de croissance, part, principaux revenus, analyse SWOT, impact de COVID-19 et reprise –". Archived from the original on 17 November 2020. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  11. ^ hitesh. "Disposable Hygiene Adhesives Market Demand, Regional Analysis Growth Drivers, Leading Companies and Forecasts 2026| Bostik SA, H.B. Fuller, DowDupont – TechnoWeekly". Retrieved 12 November 2020.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Bostik Offers Smart Adhesive Solutions". Nonwovens Industry Magazine – News, Markets & Analysis for the Nonwovens Industry. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  13. ^ United States Patent (3 January 2017),
  14. ^ "Bostik's Brilliance Receives Honor". Nonwovens Industry Magazine – News, Markets & Analysis for the Nonwovens Industry. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  15. ^ Remington, Chris. "Bostik Brilliance earns industry award". Nonwovens News. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  16. ^ "Bostik : Fix & Flash". Élu Produit de l’Année (in French). Retrieved 12 November 2020.