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MC-Bauchemie Hungary celebrates 20th Anniversary

BOTTROP/GERMANY, September 30, 2014 - Following the fall of the Iron Curtain, MC-Bauchemie was one of the first Western European companies to become involved in Hungary. In 1994, MC acquired Novomix GmbH and founded MC-Bauchemie Hungary, with a production site in Kövesgyür and headquarters in Budapest. Now, the company’s executive is able to look back on 20 successful years – a period in which MC Hungary has multiplied its sales and acquired a strong reputation for its high-quality product systems and exceptional problem-solving expertise.

Following the fall of Communism in 1990, the level of restoration required in Budapest was huge, as was the demand for building materials. MC identified enormous potential here for its construction chemical products and was one of the first Western European companies to gain a foothold in the newly liberalised ex-socialist market.
With the takeover of local company Novomix GmbH in 1994, then a manufacturer primarily of powder products for the construction industry, MC-Bauchemie established a basis for its business in Hungary. Today, its production and sales activities in the region continue to be successfully managed from its Budapest HQ. Led by the company’s two senior executives – Béla Rapp, who is Managing Director and Production Manager of the Kövesgyür factory, and László Hégely, Managing Director and CFO in Budapest – MC Hungary now boasts over 60 employees and counts among the leading construction chemical companies in the country.

MC-BauchemieĀ“s dual leadership in Hungary

MC’s dual leadership in Hungary: László Hégely, Managing Director and CFO in Budapest (l), and Béla Rapp, Managing Director and Head of Production at the factory in Kövesgyür (r.). | photo: MC Bauchemie

Investments in Production

Since MC Hungary was first established, production in Kövesgyür has undergone a number of expansion stages. “Thanks to the investments made by our parent company in Bottrop in our facilities, and the successful sales efforts of our employees, we were able to double our
production capacity within three years, and have since steadily increased and further expanded our capacities,” says Béla Rapp, a man who has been with MC Hungary right from the start and is co-author of large sections of the company’s success story. “Today, we produce additives, repair mortars, fine fillers, tile adhesives, levelling compounds, and dry shotcrete and mortar mixes, all of which we supply to neighbouring countries and across the entire Balkan region,” explains chemical engineer Rapp not without a little pride.

Expertise in both new Construction and Restoration

MC enjoys an exceptionally good reputation in Hungary. MC know-how and its product solutions – such as mortar and concrete additives, coating systems and waterproofing and injection technologies – are employed in a wide range of new construction and restoration projects. “In Budapest, particularly, we have been able to leverage our expertise in the repair and waterproofing of historical buildings, with projects such as St. Stephen’s Basilica, the parliamentary building or the Church of St. Matthew. However, our products are also in high demand for new construction projects like the recently built opera house, the M4 line of Budapest’s metro, the renovated Castle Bazaar quarter, sports stadia, bridges and car parks,” says Managing Director László Hégely.

many of the buildings in Budapest have been constructed or repaired with products from MC-Bauchemie

MC know-how in Budapest: Many of the new and old buildings in the Hungarian capital have been constructed, repaired or refurbished using product systems and expertise from MC-Bauchemie – from Buda Castle, the Sandor Palace and the Chain Bridge to the parliament building. | photo: Ten PhotoArt

Innovation-Driven

MC Hungary collaborates with institutes of higher learning such as the Budapest University of Science and Technology. It also works hand-inhand with architects and cooperates with creative talents, developing new ideas for the use of concrete materials, and devising additives, mortars and coatings to put them into practice. One recent example is that of light-emitting concrete. The invention by Àron Losonczi is manufactured by the company Litracon using the special finishing mortar MC-TOP Fix from MC Hungary – especially developed for designer concrete artefacts and similar applications.
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