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Mapei to build adhesives factory in UK

Published on 2003-08-04. Author : SpecialChem


Italian giant, Mapei, which is also the world's largest adhesives and chemical products manufacturer for the building sector is to set up a new £4.1 million adhesives factory with a 9,000 sq metre manufacturing base in Halesowen on the 6.2 acre former British Steel site at Coombes Wood creating up to 35 jobs. Mapei is to relocate from The Waterfront, Brierley Hill, where it has been running its United Kingdom distribution operation since 1999.

The firm dominates the Italian ceramic adhesives market with a 60 per cent share of the sector. A family owned firm since 1937, the $1billion turnover company has 40 manufacturing sites in more than 30 countries and over 3,500 staff worldwide. Initially, Mapei expects to create around 20 additional jobs in the first 12 months with a further 15 new jobs as more phased developments are added.

Mark Louch, managing director of Mapei (UK) Ltd, said today: "Mapei is an extremely eco-friendly company. As a brownfield site, we had to be completely satisfied our new base would be squeaky clean."

The site for the chemical plant was bought from developers St Modwen in a deal handled by Waldrons Commercial, who have been supporting Mapei for over three years on its corporate and property requirements in the UK.

Jonathan Day, Partner and head of Waldrons commercial property team, said of the development: "This is a coup for the Black Country and we are pleased to be part of it." A spokesman for Dudley Council's planning department today dispelled fears over the firm's operations. He said: "The manufacturing base is being set up in a very large new warehouse and industrial park. It would not be a controversial development or a matter that should be cause for alarm."

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