McConnells Paint and Adhesives business originated as an “offshoot” of the McConnell family’s Plastic Injection Moulding business in 1961, located in Ballycorus, Kilternan. Co. Dublin.
Historically, the family supplied the Irish Shoemaking industry with wood and cork heals for ladies shoes as part of its wood products business.
Following the introduction of polystyrene plastic as a replacement for wood and cork, and in response to the requirement of Clarks of Dundalk, the founders of the business, Arthur and George McConnell, purchases a Negri Bossi plastic injection moulding machine in Milan. This was the first plastic Injection moulding machine to be introduced in Ireland.
The shoe heals produced with polystyrene were white in colour and there was an immediate requirement and opportunity to have these painted for Customers or to supply Customers with paint and other shoe chemicals for footwear finishing.
In response to this opportunity, the founders entered into a Licence agreement to manufacture Shoe Chemicals with International Shoe Findings Limited (ISF), based in Leicester, England. ISF was a specialist and well established Shoe Chemicals manufacturing business.
In 1967 a separate company, International Coatings Limited, was established to concentrate on the development of the Shoe Chemicals business.
McConnells adhesive business developed as a direct result of its involvement with the footwear industry. In 1971 Tivoli-Kay Adhesives, a major UK supplier of adhesives to the footwear industry required a reliable Distributor for Ireland. In the course of discussions with ISF, ISF recommended McConnells and this led to a manufacturing and distribution agreement.
From these roots in the Footwear industry, the business developed to also become a general industry developer, manufacturer and supplier of a broad range of Paints, Coatings and Adhesives.
In 2001, the range of Paint products and the Customer base was increased following the acquisition of the Everlac Paints business from the RS Group in Dublin.
In addition to the manufacture of products, the Directors were aware of the need to build the product range by distributing for larger scale manufacturers. Relationships were developed with Multi-national businesses in the Paints and Adhesives markets. As a consequence in 1994, the Company entered into an Agency and Distribution agreement with Herberts GmbH for their specialist flexible film laminating adhesives.
In 2004, McConnells acquired the Amwell Services Limited business, a business involved in the distribution of paints to general industry and Painting Contractors for commercial and industrial buildings. As a consequence McConnells became a Distributor for Tikkurila, Hempel, Rust-oleum, Martin Mathys, Coo-Var, and Firwood Paints.
In 2008, McConnells added the Keim Mineral Paints range to its portfolio when McConnells was appointed to Distribute Keim’s products in Ireland. These are mineral silicate based paints for concrete and render finishes on building interiors and exteriors. These are environmentally friendly Water based paints in which the pigmentation is based on natural occurring materials.