MAPEI bonds with the Olympic Games

Milan, Italy – MAPEI has contributed to the construction of many of the sports facilities in which the Olympic Games have taken place, starting with the Olympic Games in Germany in 1972, and MAPEI is present again at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. A propitious date, 8-08-08 (August 8, 2008) was selected by the Organizing Committee to bring luck to this most important sports event. The facilities, however, have not been built with a magic spell, but a strong sense of commitment and with the most advanced technologies available to support these audacious projects.

Since the early 1970s, MAPEI has supplied products and materials for the construction of swimming pools, athletic tracks, and indoor and outdoor facilities for the Olympic Games and other international sports events. The co-operation between MAPEI and Mondo, a leading supplier of the world’s most prestigious athletic tracks, has been particularly important to the successful installations at various Olympic venues.

For Beijing 2008 – once again in co-operation with Mondo – MAPEI products have been used in 10 Olympic facilities:

In Bejing –

  • the National Stadium (the famous “bird’s nest”) athletics track and common areas
  • the Olympic Target-Shooting Stadium tennis courts and swimming pool
  • the National Indoor Stadium handball courts
  • the Wukesong Indoor Basketball Stadium common areas
  • the Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium badminton courts and common areas
  • the Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium handball courts
  • the Beijing Sports University training tracks
  • In Tianjin –

    • the Olympic Center Stadium athletics track

    In Shanghai –

    • the Shanghai Stadium athletics track

    In Shenyang –

    • the Shenyang Stadium athletics track

    “MAPEI was able to draw on the experience and reputation it has gained as the supplier of products for building and renovating Olympic facilities for more than 35 years in order to participate in the construction for the Beijing 2008 games,” said Dr. Giorgio Squinzi, CEO of MAPEI Group. MAPEI’s support of the Olympics construction was made possible by the company’s well-established presence in China, where for a number of years now it has had three subsidiaries, including two manufacturing plants. Mapei China Ltd. (headquartered in Hong Kong), Mapei Construction Materials Company Ltd. of Shangai and Mapei Construction Materials Company Ltd of Guangzhou (located in Canton) have supplied adhesives, sealants and chemical products for building for a number of notable projects in China, including dams, bridges, railways and other infrastructure developments that have been key to the growth of the Chinese economy. “We feel MAPEI has contributed in a very positive way to the recent development in China and we plan to strengthen our presence over the coming years,” Squinzi said.