Kiilto /

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

Startup spirit since 1919

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.

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.

Replacing the old methods with chemical solutions

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.

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

Building the strongest bond for over 100 years



On 27th October 1919, Teknokemiallinen Tehdas O/Y Santalahti is founded in Pispala,Tampere. 1924 the company is named Kiilto Oy.


Number one in shoe polishes

At first, the company makes cosmetic substances for chemists, paints, polishes, waxes and adhesives for shoe factories and spirit lacquers and polishes for furniture makers.


Focus on adhesives

In the 1960s, the company decides to focus on the production of adhesives. Adhesive-related products are also included in the selection.


Expansion into cleaning sector

The company expands into the cleaning sector by including cleaning products in the product range. Extensive customer training begins.



The first international subsidiary is established in Sweden. Today there are international subsidiaries already in 10 countries.


Cleanliness and hygiene business grows

Kiilto’s cleanliness and hygiene business expands into new business areas.


New business: flame retardants

Kiilto’s industrial business expands. Environmentally friendly flame retardants are created through product development.


Swedish TM Progress becomes part of Kiilto

Floor coating expertise increases through the transaction. New business operations are also built in Finland.


Kiilto brand and logo revamped

Four business areas of Kiilto: construction, professional cleanliness and hygiene, industrial bonding and hygiene solutions as well as consumer business. The Kiilto Pro product and service brand for professionals is launched as part of the change


Kiilto becomes leading supplier of hygiene solutions in the Nordic

Kiilto acquires CCS Healthcare Holding AB and becomes a market leader in hand and surface disinfecton solutions in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

Kiilto logo throughout the times