A century of Finnish chemistry expertise

Kiilto's story began in October 1919 with a small hair tonic and shoe polish factory in the district of Pispala, Tampere.

Almost everything was in short supply in Finland in 1919. But there were plenty of resourceful people. When goods could not be imported, companies were founded to make them. That is how the company we call Kiilto came into being.
(History of Kiilto/Hannu Hyttinen)

In the 1910s, chemists lacked hair tonic and mouthwash for their shop shelves, shoe factories lacked paints, polish, wax and adhesives, while furniture factories needed spirit lacquers and polishes. The name Kiilto (shine) is descriptive of our company's original products.



Joining with adhesive instead of mechanically

Kiilto's first owner was an industrious 'ideas man', who quickly realised which products and customers were important to his factory. He started playing with the idea of producing adhesives for the shoe industry, which had excellent market potential. Gluing would replace traditional mechanical methods of fixing materials together, creating a clean and tidy result.

Construction adhesives kicked off with the breakthrough of adhesive floor coverings in the 1930s. As materials and methods developed, demand and the number of applications grew in construction and various other industries.

In addition, adhesion was increasingly viewed as a comprehensive process, involving a number of phases in addition to gluing. This motivated Kiilto to expand its product selection.

Finnish builders frequently used elements that had to be finished with a special levelling compound before gluing the carpet or flooring into place. Of course, the most attractive supplier was a factory that could provide the adhesives and levelling compounds in a single package.
(History of Kiilto/Hannu Hyttinen)

Kiilto now manufactures and markets products in four business areas: construction, industrial bonding and hygiene solutions, professional cleanliness and hygiene, and consumer products.

Still providing jobs for Finns

Kiilto has been creating Finnish products and wellbeing for almost 100 years. This work continues.

The whole of Finnish society benefits from buying locally produced, high-quality products. (Kiilto's CEO, Kontakti customer magazine 2015)


The products of this Finnish-owned factory richly deserve growing attention from shoppers in general. (News article in 1925)