Thousands of guests join the commemoration of MAPEI’s 70th anniversary in Milan, the city that saw the company’s birth in 1937.

As the company commemorates 70 years in business, MAPEI reflected on the key moments in its history, remembering and thanking all those people who helped the company to grow. This growth has not, however, detracted from the original company spirit, which is based on creativity, competence, passion and flexibility, the company says.

Started in 1937, MAPEI’s roots begin in Milan’s Bovisa district from an idea by Rodolfo Squinzi, the company’s founder. From a small family business, it developed into a multinational company that operates in all the world markets producing adhesives, sealants and chemical building products.

MAPEI has more than 4,000 employees in 47 subsidiaries and 46 manufacturing plants in 23 different countries on five continents.

The company says a number of key elements in the firm’s corporate philosophy have allowed the MAPEI Group to grow, including: specialization; internationalization; research and development; personalized customer service; team work; careful management of human resources; sustainable development of its operations; and attention to the installers’ and consumers’ health.

MAPEI chose to celebrate the 70th anniversary in its hometown of Milan. The Teatro alla Scala, an international symbol for great music, was chosen for hosting a two-night event attended by 2,600 people including employees, work partners and customers coming from every corner of the world. Also on the agenda was an exclusive opening of MAPEI’s three Italian headquarters and manufacturing facility.