Expert for Adhesives & Sealants

Mathew Whitehouse

Marketing Director


Mathew Whitehouse

Mathew has three decades of experience in the adhesives industry, which has provided him with a wealth of sealing and bonding knowledge. After starting his career in the abrasives division of Saint-Gobain, Mathew joined Bostik working predominantly in the marketing team in both UK & European roles, with responsibility widening more recently to include UK customer services. Since 2017, he has been Bostik’s Marketing Director in the UK. In combination with this experience, Mathew has continued to widen his business knowledge through the completion of an MBA and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Bostik Ltd

Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in construction, consumer and industrial markets. For more than a century, it has been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape daily lives. From construction sites to schools and offices, food packaging to transport, Bostik’s bonding systems are used in countless applications.

With annual sales of €2 billion, Bostik is one of the largest adhesive and sealant companies in the world, employing some 6,000 people in 50 countries across five continents. The company’s market-leading products and brands, such as EVO-STIK, are tried and tested by millions of users throughout the UK and beyond and are designed to meet the highest standards of quality and innovation, with no compromise on performance. Bostik is the adhesive solutions business line of the Arkema group.

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Bostik Comment: Q3 2023

In Q3, as with Q2, we saw a fall in demand for private housing largely due to the increase in mortgage rates. Private housing is the largest sector of the construction industry, so the knock-on effect is a reduced footfall in builders’ merchants.

Forecasters have downgraded the expected construction recovery in 2024, warning the industry is now set to remain in recession until the start of 2025.

Despite this, some areas of the industry – notably energy-efficiency retrofit – are continuing to perform well.

Anecdotal feedback at recent events such as Screwfix Live has shown that there’s a genuine demand for more eco-friendly products from end users in the industry. When meeting with our large distribution partners, the topic of how we can support them in reaching their sustainability goals is beginning to dominate the conversation.

The adoption of sustainable suppliers is not only a moral obligation but also a strategic move for builders’ merchants. Sustainable suppliers are more likely to invest in research and development, continually improving their products, making them more efficient and cost-effective. This long-term view benefits builders’ merchants as they access to superior, innovative, and more environmentally friendly products.

Merchants who commit to sustainability can also gain a distinct competitive edge. They can leverage their green credentials to win tenders and contracts, demonstrating their commitment to ethical business practices.

Bostik has recently appointed a new Head of Sustainability, who will play a pivotal role in developing and implementing strategies to minimise the environmental impact of our operations. This includes reducing carbon emissions, conserving resources, and promoting circular economy principles, to further align the company with national and global sustainability targets.

The construction sector is a significant contributor to carbon emissions and resource consumption. In fact, construction creates an estimated third of the world’s overall waste, and at least 40% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.

Builders’ merchants, as intermediaries between suppliers and builders, have a pivotal role in reducing the industry’s environmental impact. By sourcing from sustainable suppliers, they can provide more eco-friendly products and materials that promote a reduction in carbon footprint.