History

How Artex became the company it is today

Artex began back in 1935 when it was the first to introduce its new textured finishes to the market. The Artex name was created by two words – artistic and texture, reflecting the creative nature of the product. 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, had built the largest plant in the UK for producing decorative plaster mouldings.

Blue Hawk was established in 1972, and became known for its range of DIY and repair products. Artex merged with Blue Hawk in 1997 to create a company that could better serve both the building and home improvement sectors.

At the end of 2005, Saint-Gobain acquired Artex and the rest of the BPB group, to become part of the group’s construction products division.

Today, Artex operates as an essential supply partner to building materials and home improvement retailers. The company focuses on delivering excellent customer service, providing a specialist multi-drop distribution service, and offering a wide range of decorative finishes, building materials and specialist tools. The extensive product range is continuously developed to meet the needs of today’s demanding market.