MAPEI is an Italian company founded in 1937 by Rodolfo Squinzi in Milan, Italy. It evolved
from a small wall paint producer into a worldwide producer of adhesives, thinsets and sealants for buildings (building materials).
Under Squinzi's guidance, MAPEI expanded its manufacturing to adhesives for laying
floors and floor coverings. The company's first adhesives were for linoleum, later followed
by ceramic tile, stone, carpet, PVC and wood. As the flooring industry grew, especially the
Italian ceramic tile market, MAPEI recognized a need for setting materials that would make
tile installation faster and more secure, and developed products accordingly