Mapei wins Long-Term Investor UK-Italy Business Award

Mapei received a Long-Term Investor Award in Milan on 22 January, at the awards ceremony for the UK-Italy Business Awards, an annual event held by the British government for Italian investors who have chosen the United Kingdom as a destination for their international business development. The ceremony was held at Palazzo Mezzanotte, home of Borsa Italiana.

Mapei has been operating in the United Kingdom since 1989 through Mapei UK Ltd, which now generates revenues of 42 million GBP, representing a rise of 65% on 2010 and average annual growth of 13% over the past five years. Mapei UK employs 180 people, including 12 who make up the efficient Technical Service Department, serving over 1200 customers. The company has a state-of-the-art production facility in Halesowen, near Birmingham, with annual production capacity of 300,000 tonnes of cementitious and paste adhesives and a wide range of other building products. In addition to this facility and the company's offices in the West Midlands, Mapei UK has a dedicated team of Specification Managers working throughout Britain, and plans to open a new showroom and specification centre this year in Clerkenwell, in the heart of London.

Founded in Milan in 1937, Mapei is now the world's largest manufacturer of adhesives and complementary products for the setting of all types of floor and wall tiles. It is also a specialist in other chemical products for the building industry, such as water-proofing compounds, special mortars, admixtures for concrete and products for the restoration of historic buildings.

These figures reflect Mapei's performance: total revenues of 2.3 billion euros and over 7,500 direct Group employees.

Mapei has built its strategy on three key principles: specialisation, Research & Development and internationalisation.

The Group currently comprises 68 associate companies, with 64 production facilities in operation across 31 countries and 5 continents.

Mapei has also developed an extensive sales and technical service network with offices all over the world, and offers an efficient technical support and on-site consulting service.