Founded in Milan in 1937, Mapei is today the world leader in the production of adhesives and complementary products for the installation of all types of floor and wall coverings. The company is also specialized in other chemical products for building: from waterproofers to special mortars, from admixtures for concrete to products for the restoration of ancient buildings.
Mapei Group’s production may be summarized as follows: total sales in 2013 are 2.3 billion euros and the total number of Mapei Group employees is 7,500.
Mapei has built its strategy along three principal guidelines:
•SPECIALIZATION: Mapei offers a vast range of specific, technologically advanced products to satisfy any possible need of its customers.
•RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT: every year Mapei invests 5% of its annual turnover and employs 12% of its workforce in research. In addition to its 70 quality control labs, Mapei has 10 research and development laboratories: in Milan, Villadossola (Italy), Treviso (Italy), Laval (Canada), Deerfield Beach, Winterhaven, Dalton (USA), Sagstua (Norway), Wiesbaden (Germany) and Toulose (France). Mapei is highly committed to the green environment. 70% of the annual R&D investments are focused towards developing eco-sustainable and environment-friendly products. To date, MAPEI has innovated more than 150 LEED-compliant products, providing an ample selection for the needs of the building industry.
•INTERNATIONALIZATION: starting in the 1960’s Mapei put its strategy of internationalization into action. Its basic strategy is always the same: maximum proximity to the needs of local markets and reduction of logistic costs to a minimum.
The Group now counts 68 subsidiaries with 70 plants in 32 countries in the 5 continents. Furthermore, Mapei has developed a sales and technical service network with offices all over the world. Mapei offers an efficient Technical Assistance Service that is much appreciated by architects, engineers, contractors and owners, with experts available for on-site consultation.
Mapei manufactures the following product lines:
• Adhesives for ceramic tile and natural stone floor and wall coverings
• Grouts and flexible sealants
• Adhesives for resilient, textile, and wooden floor and wall coverings
• Products for the preparation of all substrates used in building
• Admixtures for mortars and concrete
• External wall protecting and decorative coatings
• Cementitious and resin floor coverings
• Products for wooden floors
• Products for underground constructions
• Special hydraulic binders
• Pre-mixed mortars and special products for the repair of concrete
• Mortars and binders for the restoration of masonry structures
• Shotcrete accelerators
• Waterproofing materials and anti-humidity agents
• Soundproofing systems
• Thermal insulation systems
• Cement Additives
In Asia Pacific, Mapei has made its presence felt since 1989 when Mapei Far East Pte Ltd was constituted in Singapore as the Regional Headquarters to develop the company’s business in the region. It started off as a commercial subsidiary with a modest area of 500m² consisting of the warehouse and office. In 1995, the factory was established in one of Singapore’s pioneer industrial zones in Tuas, Jurong, in the western part of Singapore. Total area is 10,000m².
Entering the third millennium in 2000, Mapei, after having established its reputation in Singapore as the world’s leading producer of Adhesives, embarked on strategies for introducing their technologies as a leading player for a wide range of chemical products for construction. Mapei Far East commenced on the development of the Building Line and Admixtures.
Subsequently, in 2003, the Underground Technology Team (U.T.T.) regional base was set up in Singapore. UTT offers a full range of technical service and products to the shotcrete and TBM tunnel industry. This was followed in 2006 by the setting up of the Cement Additives Division regional base to service the cement factories in this region led by a Regional Director.
In early 2011, the Floorings business (Building Line) was also consolidated on a regional basis with the appointment of a dedicated Regional Manager.
From Singapore, the awareness of Mapei solutions and qualified technical service spread far and wide leading to successful penetration in export markets in the region. Today, 9 Mapei companies are present in the Asia Pacific with a total of 7 factories situated in Korea, China, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. In addition, there are trading subsidiaries in Hong Kong and New Zealand.
We are confident that Mapei will be in step with Asia Pacific’s growth and development as a “one-stop partner for construction needs from start to finish.”