Michael Climpson – pictured above in his lab in 1969, and more recently enjoying his retirement – celebrated 51 as MD in 2020. His son Stuart is the new MD and Stuart’s brothers Christopher and Matthew who focus on the commercial and s-commerce side of the business


For over a decade AdCo (UK) Ltd has been the leading distributor in the UK for the full range of adhesives manufactured by the specialist adhesive manufacturer AkzoNobel based in Blackburn. 

With a portfolio of products for such diverse applications as veneering, cabinet making, general joinery and structural timber beam construction. The AkzoNobel products are the most comprehensive available, and with AdCo’s knowledge of the market and distribution facilities all users regardless of size can get access to the complete range.

Being at the forefront in the technology of adhesives for timber bonding products, AkzoNobel has championed the use of environmentally friendly adhesive systems for interior and exterior wood bonding applications, and has recently introduced ultra-low and formaldehyde-free systems within its LignuPro™ product line.

With the backing of AkzoNobel technicians and product developers, specialist adhesive company AdCo is able to offer a full and comprehensive range that includes UF, MUF and PRF systems, EPI and PVA adhesives, as well as hot melts, PUR and contact adhesives.

Last year AdCo (UK) Ltd celebrated their twenty-first birthday. For most business celebrating such a milestone is an achievement in itself but 2020 was an extra special year. Michael Climpson, managing director of AdCo UK Ltd celebrated 51 years within the adhesive industry and as such he felt it was time for him to step down from the day-to-day running of the business. 

Michael adds: “The business is still in good hands! My son Stuart, who I set the business up with in 1999, has taken over from me as MD, my other son, Christopher, has joined the business to focus on the commercial side of the business whilst my other son, Matthew, focuses on the e-commerce side. 

“Knowing that the business is being run by my three sons’ fills me full of pride. I can enjoy my retirement to the full and watch them grow in an industry that I dedicated my whole life to.” 

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