Bostik, a leading global adhesive specialist for industrial manufacturing, construction and consumer markets, marks its 125th anniversary this year. Founded in 1889 in Massachusetts as the Boston Blacking Co., the company will reportedly hold many local events and promotional activities to celebrate the role that innovation has played in its development.

“I am proud to pay tribute to our company’s rich history and to recognize the role that innovation has played in enabling Bostik to become a leader in the adhesives industry,” said Bernard Pinatel, chairman and CEO. “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 Boston Blacking’s leather treatment business for the shoemaking industry. What has reportedly 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 that reportedly combines unmatched elastic strand hold and elongation performance with significant cost-in-use advantages. Bostik’s Axios Tri-Linking polymer technology has been introduced for 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 that reportedly exceeds the most stringent fire protection standards for mass-transit applications.

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

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