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

MAPEI returned to its Italian roots as it marked its 70th year in business with a weeklong celebration in Milan. On the agenda were exclusive theatrical performances in historical venues, and visits to the company’s three Italian headquarters buildings, research facilities and manufacturing plants.

Opening its doors in 1937, MAPEI began 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 produces adhesives, sealants and chemical building products. Currently, it employs more than 4,800 people 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; teamwork; careful management of human resources; sustainable development of its operations; and attention to the installers’ and consumers’ health.