• End of the 19th century

    Angelus Bossuyt is coachbuilder

    His six sons each specialise in various trades to make the coaches. Cyriel takes on the painting of the coaches. Later he becomes an independent painter and opens a shop with his wife.

  • 1938

    Antoon Bossuyt becomes an independent painter

    Antoon, son of Cyriel, also becomes an independent painter and sets up shop in the Holstraat in Waregem. His sisters take over the shop from their parents, Huis Bossuyt.

  • 1943

    Antoon Bossuyt produces paint

    Antoon Bossuyt starts producing paint for other painters. The first products of ABW (Antoon Bossuyt Waregem) are mastic and ‘ground white’, a semi-manufacture.

  • 1954

    Atelier becomes factory

    By now the atelier in the Holstraat has developed into a real factory. The first Bolatex paint is produced, later followed by lacquer and primer.

  • 1960

    Hire of the first colour consultant

    ‘Dan Key’ not only looked artistic, with his beard, he also had a name suiting an artist. He also designed the bold colour combinations on the trucks and advertising panels.

  • 1963

    Bolatex sponsors WC in Ronse

    All of the fences lining the race are covered in BOLATEX advertising panels. Foreign journalists are impressed. A year later, SV Waregem gets to also wear BOLATEX jumpers.

  • 1964

    The first generation changeover

    After Antoon Bossuyt passes away, the second generation takes over the helm – Jan, Piet en Paul Bossuyt.

  • 1969

    Bolatex-ABW becomes
    BOSS paints

    The new company name ‘BOSS paints’ is introduced. We organise an exhibition, with one of our first computers (a Nixdorf!) as an eye catcher.

  • 1972

    Customers travel

    BOSS paints launches its first promotion, allowing customers to ‘save up’ for a trip. The destination is Crete.

  • 1977

    Huis Bossuyt lays the foundation for Colora

    The Bossuyt sisters go into well-deserved retirement. From that point on Huis Bossuyt will be part of the group and it becomes the predecessor of the current Colora shops.

  • 1979

    BOSS paints moves

    BOSS paints moves from Stormestraat in Waregem to Beveren-Leie. There is a grand opening of the new factory and company buildings.

  • 1980

    Expanding range

    Through the takeover of Artes, a wholesaler in carpets, BOSS paints expands its range significantly.

  • 1981

    First Colora shop

    BOSS paints opens its first Colora shop, in Brugge. The concept is very well received and forms the basis for the future success of the chain.

  • 1984

    Colormix for a richer colour palette

    BOSS paints introduces the Colormix paint-mixing system, which makes a larger range of colours possible. Until then only a few dozen colours had been available in each type of paint.

  • 1993

    The third generation

    The arrival of Ward, Toon, Lieve, Koen and Ivo Bossuyt marks the third generation of Bossuyt working in the company.

  • 1995

    BOSS paints turns 50!

    The 50th anniversary is celebrated with a large staff party at the Jeugdcentrum in Waregem. Meanwhile the 10th Colora shop opens, in Ninove.

  • 2000

    Renewed Colora concept

    The Colora shop formula is completely revised, including a new logo and totally new shop interiors. It is the first step on a path of spectacular growth.

  • 2004

    BOSS paints keeps growing

    Labo and paint production are expanded considerably. We open BOSS paints Antwerp with a pick-up service and showroom for the professional. At the same time the 20th Colora shop opens, in Melsele.

  • 2005

    Installation of solar panels

    The first solar panels are installed on the roof of the Waregem location. They continue to be expanded on and by 2009 they provide 25 % of electricity requirements.

  • 2005

    Jan passes the torch to Toon

    Jan Bossuyt hands over the leadership of the flourishing company to Toon Bossuyt, son of Piet. Today Toon is still CEO of BOSS paints.

  • 2008

    Colora, De Verfwinkel

    Colora receives a complete make-over, with a new logo, a new house style and a new baseline. After Piet Bossuyt’s retirement the third generation are now all standing on their own feet.

  • 2009

    Colora conquers the Netherlands

    BOSS paints opens a warehouse for professionals in Brugge. Meanwhile, the Netherlands also is becoming acquainted with the Colora phenomenon. The first Colora shop of the Netherlands opens in Eindhoven.

  • 2011

    New build

    The head offices in Waregem are expanding extensively: there will be a new training space and a restaurant, Bar ABW, named after Antoon Bossuyt Waregem. The pick-up service department is moving to a new building and creating more space.

  • 2012

    Growth, growth, growth

    Colora is now opening its 50th shop. This anniversary shop is located in Kortrijk.
    The fourth warehouse for the professional is opening in Gent, near Flanders Expo.