By Shakila Cassam-Mariette
It was in May 2008 that Shakila Cassam-Mariette embarked on the Mauvilac adventure. She is responsible for the management of the company’s internal and external communications and marketing portfolio. With a deep passion for branding and graphic design, she aims to make the preferred Mauritian paint brand shine brighter.
It all started in July 1964, when the entrepreneur Roland Maurel, assisted by a handful of Mauritian investors, launched Mauvilac a small paint production unit in Pailles, Mauritius. Though he initially employed about ten people, Mauvilac pioneered the production of water-based paint.
The year 1968 saw the introduction of oil paints, and to leave no stone unturned, was followed in 1980 by the manufacturing of paints for boats and cars, printing inks, synthetic resins and bitumen.
Throughout the years, Mauvilac has been sublimating the beautiful colours of our island with its quality paints while becoming one of the leading and preferred brands of Mauritians! This ascent culminated in 2020 with its acquisition by AkzoNobel, the world’s number one paint company. Endowed with a long and proud heritage and being one of the most sustainable paint companies, which has been paving the future for more than two centuries, AkzoNobel is active in over 150 countries and aims to become the global industry leader with a truly meaningful purpose, with People. Planet. Paint. as its beating heart!
It goes without saying that this merger has benefitted the Mauritian customers fully, thanks to the perfection of Mauvilac’s international techniques and standards while remaining a 100% Mauritian company.
The multifaceted dynamic rainbow Mauvilac team, with the sole objective of blending of all colours to cast new light and ensure that even the darkest clouds have their silver linings, has always favored without the slightest compromise, excellence and quality in the service of its loyal customers. 58 years and what a beautiful path traveled together to make this brand indispensable, strong and reliable!
In the forthcoming years, Mauvilac is committed to maintaining the same values that have a part of the brand since 1964, with the same rigour and the same passion!
Mauvilac – Certification
In 1995, Mauvilac was the very first paint company to receive the ISO Certification ISO 9001:1995.
In 2009, Mauvilac was also the first paint company to launch the GoGreen label, which meets the requirements of sustainable development, both in terms of products and manufacturing processes: recycling of water and used solvents, use of recycled packaging or made from recycled materials, implementation of new technologies and more efficient equipment to reduce electricity consumption.