Grupo Lamosa is founded by a group of U.S. investors as a small brick factory in Monterrey, N.L., Mexico. Known as Compañía Manufacturera de Ladrillos de Monterrey, the business starts up with 75 workers producing 20 million bricks per year.
On December 24th, the company is acquired by Bernardo Elosúa Farías and Viviano L. Valdés, who change its name to Ladrillera Monterrey, S.A.
Ladrillera Monterrey, S.A. adds wall and floor tiles, and resistant clay block (known as barroblock) to its original production, pioneering the manufacture of these products in the domestic market. This same year, the company begins using natural gas instead of firewood as kiln fuel.
Grupo Lamosa shares begin trading on the Mexican Stock Exchange, initiating a track record of more than 70 years following the best practices of corporate governance.
The Adhesive Business starts with a small Crest plant in Monterrey, being the first company in Mexico to produce and commercialize adhesives for the installation of ceramic floor and wall tiles.
Grupo Lamosa incorporates sanitaryware to its product line through its subsidiary Sanitarios Azteca.
Bernardo Elosúa and Viviano L. Valdés retire from direct management activities, and Bernardo Elosúa Muguerza becomes Chief Executive Officer.
Grupo Lamosa acquires the Kerámika wall and floor tiles plant in Tlaxcala.
The company’s Real Estate Business starts to gain importance, with urban development projects in Monterrey, especially in the Valle Oriente zone. Grupo Lamosa begins to replace its traditional ceramic-tile kilns with rapid-burning roller kilns.
The decade of the ’90s is characterized by a number of organizational changes that give the company international quality standards and enable it to leverage the opportunities resulting from Mexico’s trade liberalization. Operations are consolidated and non-strategic plants closed. Ladrillera Monterrey, S.A. changes its name to Grupo Lamosa, S.A. de C.V.
Grupo Lamosa continues its expansion strategy, incorporating Adhesivos de Jalisco and, a year later, opening a new Crest adhesives plant in Tizayuca, Hidalgo.
Grupo Lamosa acquires Industrias Niasa, S.A. de C.V., continuing the expansion of its Adhesives Business.
At about this time, Grupo Lamosa incorporates new production plants, including a sanitaryware plant in Benito Juárez, N.L., and a tile plant in San Luis Potosí.
Grupo Lamosa opens Galerías Valle Oriente, one of the most modern shopping malls in northern Mexico. Additionally, the Dual Flush intelligent toilet, which significantly reduces water consumption, is launched.
A new plant in Benito Juárez, N.L., begins operations to produce ceramic wall tiles. Initiatives are implemented to enhance the company’s market share in the luxury segment with the launch of products such as the high-end Ambiance sanitaryware line.
At the end of the year, the new Firenze Tecnoarte line of luxury porcelain enamel tiles is launched with a positive reaction from the market, and the San Luis Potosí tile plant doubles its production capacity.
In this same year, the Plaza Cumbres shopping mall is opened in Monterrey.
Grupo Lamosa’s corporate identity is changed, reflecting the company’s commitment to quality and innovation and its vision of creating value through differentiation. A very vibrant construction sector, combined with a significant investment plan across all businesses, enables the company to leverage opportunities, operate with a competitive cost structure and a state-of-the-art technological platform, and develop new products.
Grupo Lamosa sells the Galerías Valle Oriente and Plaza Cumbres shopping malls.
Porcelanite is acquired as part of Grupo Lamosa’s strategic expansion plan, thereby continuing the company’s recent growth trend, expanding its business base and creating important synergies. This acquisition makes Grupo Lamosa one of the world’s largest ceramics producers.
In March 2011, the Wall and Floor Tiles Business is declared “BEST IN SHOW” during its participation in the COVERINGS fair in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the fourth time in six years and the second consecutive year that the Wall and Floor Tiles Business is recognized at this event. COVERINGS is one of the world’s most important ceramics fairs, attracting almost 1,200 participants from more than 50 countries, including Spain, Italy, China, Turkey and Argentina.
In early 2015, Grupo Lamosa sells its sanitaryware business to the Colombian company Corona. This sale positions Grupo Lamosa to focus on its Ceramic Wall and Floor Tiles and Adhesives Businesses in Mexico and abroad.
During the fourth quarter of 2016, Grupo Lamosa acquires Cerámica San Lorenzo, strengthening its presence in South America. The acquisition grows the Wall and Floor Tiles Business’s ceramic tile production capacity by 40%, through plants and distribution centers in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru.
Grupo Lamosa acquires the company Eurocerámica in Colombia, creating synergies and strengthening its position in that country. The transaction represents another step forward in the company’s growth strategy, diversifying risks and underpinning its leadership in the American continent.
In accordance with Grupo Lamosa´s growth strategy, this year the ceramic tile business of the Spanish company Grupo Roca was acquired, strengthening its presence in the American continent by accessing the Brazilian market and reinforcing its presence in the United States. In the same way, this acquisition allows the expansion of Grupo Lamosa's operations to the European continent, serving new markets such as North Africa and the Middle East.