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.

1987-1996

In the Soviet Union, Perestrojka marks the start of some époquemaking changes. To the great joy of the German people and most of the world, the Berlin Wall falls under the blows of a desire for freedom. This is the start of a great period of change, which culminates in the end of Communism and the independence of several Republics from the former Soviet Union. Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, and Alberto Tomba and Deborah Compagnoni battle it out, and Diego Maradona, Michel Platini and Marco Van Basten astonish us with their skills. Scientists clone a sheep called Dolly. Shag-pile carpets suddenly appear in our homes. The latest music is by Rem, Nirvana and U2.

The Berlin wall falls. 
Mapei makes its own revolution.

Mapei makes its own revolution bringing out a number of innovative products. MAPECEM, for instance, is a fast setting and drying hydraulic binder for creating screeds ideal for installing ceramic tiles after just 4 hours and resilient and wooden floors after just 24 hours. GRANIRAPID allows the safe installation of large, thin slabs of natural stone. ULTRACOLOR, an extremely high quality cementitious grout used on floors which are set to light foot traffic after just 3 hours and, unique of its kind worldwide, it does not produce efflorescence, guaranteeing a perfectly smooth final colour. ULTRAPLAN, a skimming compound extremely popular and successful due to its notable self-levelling and abrasion-resistance properties. 

MAPEGROUT and MAPEFER are also brought out for repairing concrete. MAPE-ANTIQUE can be used for repairing old masonry buildings and the admixture MAPEFLUID improves the performance of concrete. Mapei’s environmental awareness results in the creation of the ECO range with no volatile solvents, which increases the range of products for resilients. The Mapei Professional Cycling Team is created in 1993; it will triumph all over the world for 10 years. Mapei creates AQUAFLEX, the first ready-to-use liquid membrane for waterproofing terraces and bathrooms. The Company also brings out MAPELASTIC, a flexible cementitious waterproofing membrane, a revolutionary product with a great future.

Mapei around the world

1987-1996

The creation of our product lines

Products for building
Products for waterproofing
Products for masonry restoration
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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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