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.


The war is now an increasingly distant memory, life is getting back to normal! Black and white television arrives, and the TV serial heroes Peppone and Don Camillo entertain the Italian public. Coppi wins the Tour of Italy and Tour of France in the sport of cycling, and the Fiat 500 and Lambretta also rule the roads. The film industry also creates its own legends destined to be engraved in all our memories. In Italy, De Sica shoots “Bicycle Thieves”, Totò has us all laughing, and Federico Fellini charms us while Anna Magnani wins the Oscar. On the world stage, John Wayne’s characters, Brigitte Bardot’s charm and Marilyn Monroe’s sensuality capture the imagination. At Alla Scala Theatre Maria Callas and Renata Tebaldi enjoy great success, while the singer Nilla Pizzi’s name is on everybody’s lips with the popular song “Vola colomba vola”.

Researching. Manufacturing. Satisfying

The meaning of the letter “A” in the name M.A.P.E.I., synonymous with professionalism and honestyis changed from “Autarchic”, which clearly has political connotations, to “Auxiliary” - in reference to the materials manufactured - thereby marking the end of a truly sad period in history. PIANOLINA is produced, a magnesium gypsum-based ready-to-use skimming compound capable of making the work of installers easier and less strenuous. 
PLASTIGUM LEGANTE S+POLVERE CF is also created, neoprene latex-based binders designed for installing surfaces on boats, where the leveling required calls for a product elastic enough to withstand structural expansions, vibrations and movements while maintaining excellent adhesion. Sensing the great potential of ceramics, Mapei brings out ADESILEX P, the first solvent-based adhesive for tiles, later backed up by another great success: ADESILEX PM.

The creation of our product lines

Products for resilient, LVT and textile materials

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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