It all began in the early 1990s, when three engineers Grzegorz Grzelak, Andrzej Walczak and Stanisław Ciupiński from Łódź first came across premixed tile adhesive on a Polish building site. The tile adhesive was being imported from Germany by a foreign client. Back then, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, it was still the norm to mix traditional mortar with cement, lime, sand and water directly on site. Ready-to-use mixes were simply too expensive in socialist-dominated Poland. The three engineers were therefore intrigued by the tile adhesive. It was unlike conventional mortars in that it could be applied evenly to walls without any problems. The tiles did not slip when laid and they were gripped straight away even though less adhesive was being used. Not only that, but the work was done much faster. “This was revolutionary at that time,” says Dr. Jacek Michalak, Vice-President of the Board for Development at Atlas.
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