The activities of Forbo Bonding Systems in Russia, formerly the adhesive division within the Forbo Group, began in 1995. Forbo Flooring Systems already had a strong position within flooring market in the region, and there was a need for good adhesives, primers and levelling compounds. To provide this, the Forbo Group set up an import agency, which primarily sourced its products from Forbo Erfurt in Germany. In order to expand activities and strengthen the market position in Russia, the decision was made to build its own factory in Stary Oskol in 2005, 500 km south of Moscow.
This factory, established as Forbo Stroitech, was built in close cooperation with Forbo Erfurt. By making optimal use of the knowledge and expertise of their colleagues in Germany, Stary Oskol became a modern, very efficient manufacturing facility. The location was chosen due to the favourable location of various suppliers, all of whom met the high quality requirements set for Eurocol raw materials. The foundations were laid on 21 June 2006, and Forbo Eurocol has been operating in Russia since 2007.
Since the opening of the Russian facility, the product range has continuously been expanded and improved. To do so, the Research & Development department uses the modern, high-quality laboratory that is part of the factory complex. Together with sister companies in Erfurt and Wormerveer, Forbo Eurocol in Stary Oskol contributes to building the 'eurocol' brand and increasing market share in various parts of Europe.