Artex first introduced its textured finishes in 1935 (with the brand name coming from two words – artistic and texture). By the 1980s, the company had achieved phenomenal growth, making Artex a household name.

The company invested heavily in developing new products and manufacturing techniques, and by the 1990s, the company had built the largest plant in the UK for producing decorative plaster mouldings.

Artex and Blue Hawk (another DIY supplier established in 1972), while dealing with different customers, had many products in common. So in 1997, the two companies merged to create a company that could better serve both the building and home improvement sectors.

In 1985, Saint-Gobain, a leader in the production, processing and distribution of material established its first major base in the UK. By 2005, Saint-Gobain had over 40 subsidiary companies in the UK, and acquired Artex and the rest of the BPB group, as part of its construction products division.

Now as part of the Saint-Gobain Group, Artex are intent on becoming the essential supply partner to the building and home improvement sectors. The company is focusing on delivering excellent customer service, providing a specialist multi-drop distribution service, and offering a wide range of decorative, building and specialist tool products. The extensive Artex product range is continuously developed to meet the needs of today’s demanding market.

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