MAPEI Construction Chemicals LLC, the fully owned subsidiary of MAPEI Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and chemical products for the construction industry, is proud to announce its participation at Expo 2020 Dubai as the Partner of the Italy Pavilion. It has supplied over 30 eco-friendly products, weighing over 100 tons; for resin and cement-based floors, installing ceramics and marbles, wall finishes and water proofing solutions towards the sustainable build of the pavilion. MAPEI has applied its innovative ciruclarity approach to build the state-of-the-art pavilion made from recyclable products.

MAPEI partnered with the Italian Commisioner’s Office, the governing body responsible for organizing and managing Italy’s presence at the Universal Exposition, and with lead architects from the conceptualization phase, to bring to life a unique blend of the Emirati flair coupled with the Italian culture at this year’s World Expo. Designed with the concept of innovatively using recycled materials in the build of the pavilion, MAPEI has recreated real sand dunes and coated a suspended walkway within the Italy Pavilion through the use of coffee beans and a special powder made from orange-peel.

MAPEI’s Techical Services Team further provided 360-degree involvement from the initial conception of the project, using groundbreaking engineering technology to extend MAPEI’s contributions; overcoming challenges and aggressive site conditions, bringing the conceptualized ‘Beauty Uniting People’ pavilion to life at Expo 2020 Dubai. A stand out feature at the Italy Pavilion, embodying Expo 2020’s thematic values of sustainability and innovation, are the five large water pools for the cultivation of three types of algae: Spirulina, Dunaliella and Haematococcus. The microalgae will be used in the bio-fixation of the carbon dioxide emitted within the pavilion. MAPEI supplied eco-friendly waterproofing solutions with non-toxic materials for the pools to ensure the healthy growth of the microalgae.

The Italian building products manufacturer has cemented its presence at Expo 2020 Dubai, attaining various exemplary projects leading up to and within the Expo site.  Commenting on MAPEI’s presence in the UAE, Veronica Squinzi, CEO, MAPEI Group says: “The UAE has been for many years a strategic market for us and we are proud to be part of its ambitious and comprehensive plans for a sustainable urban development. For the coming years MAPEI looks forward to continue playing its role in making the UAE an even better connected and a more environmentally-resilient country.”

MAPEI contributed towards the build of the 15km-long Dubai Metro station extensions leading to the Expo site - Route 2020 - and supporting in the build and repair of the 15-building residential complex for the Expo delegation – Expo Village. MAPEI has contributed towards the build of the 14,000 m2 landscaping feature at the UAE Pavilion – the largest landscaping feature at Expo 2020 Dubai; supplying products from its ceramic and resillient line to over 10,000m2 of landscaping and water features, as well as supporting in the sustainable build of the Rove Hotel at Al Wasl Plaza – the epicenter of the Expo site.

MAPEI locally produced and supplied products from its ceramic, resillient and buidling lines; from dynamic landscaping features to the build of ‘back of house areas’ and flooring of the Mobility Pavilion. MAPEI was further able to bring its green vision to life at the Sustainability Pavilion, showcasing products from its building and ceramic lines across various areas, including internal flooring, external hard landscaped and wet areas. In total, MAPEI supplied over 200 sustainable products to more than 55 pavilions, 16 zones and 60 areas across Expo 2020 Dubai, weighing over 8,500 tons

“Sustainability and innovation are essential tools required to build a future that has minimal impact on the environment and infrastructure systems across the world. We are proud to showcase our vision of a better future through MAPEI’s innovative and eco-friendy product ranges, which helped bring Expo 2020 Dubai to life. As an Italian organization, we are proud to be a part of Italian history and represent Italy on such a pretigious global platform,” says Stefano Iannacone, Director for Middle East and Africa, MAPEI Group.

MAPEI’s products adhere to Expo 2020 Dubai’s sustainable guidelines, green building standards and certification systems, such as LEED. Furthermore, MAPEI has exponential experience at the Universal Expositions, previously contributing towards the build of the Italy Pavilion for Expo 2010 Shanghai and the build of Expo Milan 2015, respectively.

Source: Q Communications