Mapei UK has become the latest supplier member of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

The company immediately demonstrated its commitment to the BMF by offering to host a visit by members of the BMF Young Merchants Group at its parent company’s main R&D facility in Milan.

The BMF’s annual Young Merchants Groups’ tour is designed to give them an opportunity to learn more about suppliers and their operations. They will also have an opportunity to visit an Italian merchant and compare with their own branches back in the UK.

John Newcomb, managing director of the BMF, said: “I am delighted to welcome Mapei UK into the BMF. They have immediately demonstrated the importance they place on membership and I would like to thank them for generously giving our young merchants access to their most advanced R&D facility. Tours like this not only enable our young merchants to develop their knowledge of different product areas, but also the opportunity to get together with other young senior managers to build relationships.”

Dave Jordan, Mapei UK’s, national business development manager, added: “We are delighted to support the BMF in the forthcoming trip. I’m sure the young merchants will learn a great deal at our Milan R&D facility. We are continually developing new products to meet the requirements of design and construction markets around the world.”