STEPPINGS STONES IN A HUNDRED-YEAR BUSINESS VENTURE
1922 A production facility is opened by SET (Società Elettrochimica del Toce) and SIPS (Società Italiana di Prodotti Sintetici) in Villadossola (Italy) to produce calcium carbide. Over the next few years, the facility starts producing rayon acetate.
1936 Production of vinyl acetate commences on a semi-industrial scale which is transformed into polymers and polyvinyl alcohol for applications in the adhesives sector.
1942 The so-called “white glue” is created which ten years later becomes known as Vinavil “universal adhesive”.
1946 The French company Rhòne Poulenc, through the company Rhodiatoce, launches a joint-venture with Montecatini. Over the next few years, the company brings in its valuable know-how originating from large German industrial groups.
1952 Reactors to produce polyvinyl acetate in emulsion are installed and at the same time the name Vinavil is born (an abbreviation of Vinyl Acetate at Villadossola). This white latex invades the Italian market and soon becomes synonymous with glue.
1966 Montecatini merges with Edison, to form Montecatini Edison S.p.A., which in 1974 becomes Montedison. This new colossal company carried with it the seeds of the successive industrial crisis. In 1972 Rhòne Poulenc leaves the joint-venture.
1979 The cost of running the vinyl acetate plant is no longer sustainable and it closes down, followed shortly after by the closure of the calcium carbide plant in 1983.
1990 All Montedison’s chemical operations are passed over to EniChem. The plant in Villadossola comes under the umbrella of the operations company EniChem Synthesis, along with the facility in Ravenna (Central Italy) which produces similar products.
1991 EniChem presents a Business Plan which foresees the closure of the facility in Villadossola. After strong pressure from politicians and trade unions, it is decided to sell the company.
1994 Mapei buys the vinyl acetate production activities from EniChem Synthesis and the purchase includes the Villadossola and Ravenna facilities. The new company is renamed Vinavil S.p.A. Following the acquisition, a restructuring and redevelopment process is launched.
1997 Internationalisation of the company commences with the foundation of Vinavil Corp. (USA) and Vinavil Inc. (Canada) in North America. Since 2001 there has been a joint-venture in Egypt (Vinavil Egypt).
2000 Production of redispersible powders used in cementitious products by Mapei commences and, the following year, a line of acrylic emulsions is launched.
2007 A new line of copolymer solutions from a 30 m3 reactor is launched. In the same year, the company is awarded EN ISO 14001 certification.