Formulating success for 120 years

Two development chemists in lab performing tensile test.

High performance adhesives and coatings since 1902.

2022 marks the 120th year since John Markus founded ITAC Limited.  The beginning of Itac started when John discovered that tyre scrapings dissolved in solvent made an excellent rubber adhesive, which when painted onto the outside carcass of a tyre provided an ideal priming coat on which tyre thread could be bonded.  He had the full backing of his wife, Miriam, who endured the physical strain of manually transporting the tyres for processing before valiantly returning them to the client once treated!  It was this kind of grit and determination that set the tone for ITAC to become one of the UK’s leading producers of high-performance adhesives and coatings despite two world wars, six recessions, and a devastating fire which brought the factory to the ground in 1988.

Check out some of the key dates in ITAC’s history with our infographic below:

Infographic illustrating Itac's history since 1902
Infographic illustrating Itac's history since 1998

Today, ITAC’s primary specialism is in the formulation and production of paintable coatings and sealants, spreadable adhesives, specialist fabric coatings, and film coatings within a wide range of sectors.  Continuous developments in advanced materials, manufacturing methods, and customer preferences place great emphasis on research & development and continuous improvement. 

ITAC’s Managing Director, Steve Farnworth comments:

“These are very exciting times for ITAC.  Our projects pipeline continues to grow, not only in quantity, but also in breadth of application.  This is testimony to our commitment to research and development, the diverse nature of our value proposition, and our ability to align the chemistry with the application.  Watch this space over the coming months and years!”

ITAC’s manufacturing plant and offices are located on the border of Bolton and Bury, in Greater Manchester.  The company has a regional, national, and international client base.  Enquiries can be made by calling 01204 573736, by email at, or by completing a simple contact form.

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