In 1937, Rodolfo Squinzi founded M.A.P.E.I. which is an abbreviation for Materiali Ausiliari Per Edilizia e Industria (Auxiliary Materials For Building and Industry)
As part of the MAPEI Group's globalisation strategy, MAPEI New Zealand was established on the 7th of October 2002.
The group, which is still operated by the Squinzi family, continues to maintain its position in New Zealand in the areas of flooring with and laying of tiles, carpets, vinyl, timber, car parks, sports flooring, public tracks and other industrial floors. Aside from waterproofing under tiles, MAPEI NZ also supplies systems and solutions for waterproofing roofs and decks.