Our history

Our history has a tight bond with Italy, the nation that witnessed our birth and growth. Our roots are firmly embedded in a solid past and in values that have the merit of still being relevant today: passion and innovation. And this is why we have never stopped growing. Ours is the story of a company, but it is also the story of a family: a stage race with exhausting climbs and exciting sprint finishes, but above all so many exhilarating successes and exceptional team members.

1977-1986

This is a truly high-tech decade giving us Amiga, Atari ST, the Commodore 64, Apple Macintosh and the first version of Windows: computers are now part of office life. In the home, we have magnetic VHS video tapes, music tapes and compact discs. In sport, Italy produces champions of the calibre of Sara Simeoni and Pietro Mennea. And, applauded by the Italian President Sandro Pertini, Italy wins the Football World Cup in Spain. Punk, Rap and Hip-Pop music are all born, but the most listened- to successes are by Michael Jackson and Madonna.

Mapei conquers America, Italy hits the world stage

Mapei also starts internationalising its operations, drawing on innovative technology developed in Italy. Mapei Inc. is set up in Canada, followed by Mapei Corp. in the United States. Thanks to the KERABOND+ISOLASTIC system, Mapei revolutionises the North American market, allowing tiles to be installed over plywood substrates for the first time. And Mapei also has something new to ponder over: how can the Company deal with the sudden popularity of plasterboard walls and the problem of installing wall coverings with adhesives? 

Meanwhile the ceramics industry is replacing double-fired enamels with new single-fired technology, which, by removing spacers from the back of tiles, makes them smoother and consequently more suitable for installing using adhesives. This results in the creation of KERAQUICK: a fast-setting adhesive for laying floors, even over existing tiles, ready to be used after just 24 hours. Such as KERAFLOOR, Mapei’s new cementitious adhesive for thicknesses up to 15 mm, which can even be used on floors like clinkers and classic Tuscan terracotta and double-fired tiles with large spacers.

Mapei around the world

1977-1986

The creation of our product lines

Products for wooden flooring
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logo-white Told tales

18 told tales illustrated by Carlo Stanga about Mapei and the solutions provided towards the successful completion of some of the most significant projects in Italy and around the world over the last 80 years.

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