Market presence and organic growth

Organic growth stands at the center of the Sika strategy. In 2014 new subsidiaries were established in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Nigeria and Sri Lanka. Sika furthermore has invested in 2014 considerable resources in the expansion of capacity, for example in Serbia, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Mexiko, Brasil and the USA. The first half-year 2015 delivered double-digit sales growth in the core markets of the USA, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and the Pacific and therefore underlined the strength of the Sika growth model.

Alone in the first six months of 2015, Sika acquired five new companies. In the years 2010 to 2014 24 acquired companies were integrated into the Sika Group. In 2014 Sika has acquired three companies: Lwart Química Ltda in Brazil, a company for flooring and coating products in South-Korea and Klebag Chemie AG in Switzerland.

Since 2012, Sika has been in the Swiss Leader Index (SLI), which includes the 30 largest and most liquid Swiss companies. Sika is committed to sustainable development. The Sika sustainability strategy has got off to a successful start, with the company exceeding most of its targets for 2014. The G4 Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI G4) have provided the framework for sustainability reporting since 2013.

Sustainable and solid entrepreneurship

Sika addresses environmental concerns throughout the value chain and adopts the widely used GRI (Global Reporting Index). Furthermore, the company adopts the principles of the UN Global Compact and continues activities like the expansion of product sustainability databases in line with international life cycle assessment (LCA) practices.

The collaboration with non-profit organizations and top-notch scientific institutions like the ETH Zurich has been intensified. The appeals procedure for the professorship, endowed by Sika on the occasion of the 100-year anniversary, is successfully completed. Professor Dr. Jan Vermant was appointed Professor of Soft Materials at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) by the Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology on 25/26 September 2013. Sika continues to engage in sustainable and humanitarian development projects. In this context, since 2005 the Romuald Burkard Foundation provides financial support to social and community projects in countries where Sika maintains subsidiaries.

Organization

Since January 2013 Sika's business is aligned in seven target markets, concrete, waterproofing, roofing, flooring, sealing & bonding, refurbishment and industry. Research & development  units are established for all target markets.

The fully integrated concepts offered by Sika address the entire life cycle of a facility, from initial construction up to the point in time when repair, refurbishment or extension become necessary.

New products 2015

Sika launched a number of new important products in 2015, including the following:

  • SikaCeram®-500 Ceralastic: High-performance mortar with waterproofing properties, serving dual function of tile adhesive and waterproof layer, and meeting the most demanding requirements.
  • SikaScreed® HardTop-60: Rapid-hardening, low-shrinkage horizontal leveling mortar for early loading and overcoating, offering high abrasion resistance and compressive strength.
  • Sika ® ViscoCrete ® VC-510, 520 P: Universal, polymer-based superplasticizer that works with both cementitious and non-cementitious binder systems.
  • Sika® ViscoCrete®-4035 M: Superplasticizer/retarder for production of concrete using low quality raw materials like sand, aggregates and especially very critical oil shale cement, contributing significantly to sustainability.
  • Sikaplan TM® / CE: Innovative TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) roof membrane system for mechanical fixing based on Sika's proprietary polymer blend technology.
  • SikaProof® A HC: Adaption of existing SikaProof® A membrane, for structural waterproofing in regions with particularly hot climates and high UV exposure.
  • SikaProof® P: First post-applied, fully bonded, easy-to-install waterproofing membrane, based on SikaProof® technology.
  • Sikalastic®-641 Lo-VOC: Liquid-applied membrane meetseven the strictest air emission standards for roof coatings.
  • Sikafloor®-420: One-component, low-odor polyurethane coating based on Sika's proprietary i-Cure® technology, for balcony and terrace applications.
  • Sikagard®-403W: Novel, ultra-low-emission wall coating meeting highest hygiene and aesthetic demands.
  • Sikafloor®-305W ESD: Antistatic, two-component, water-based polyurethane seal coat, for application to new or existing floor coatings.
  • Sikafloor®-3240: Low-emission, low-odor, polyurethane-based industrial flooring system with low moisture sensitivity, offering easy workability.
  • Sikalastic®-851 R: Two-component, spray-applied roof membrane with improved crack-bridging properties and high chemical resistance.
  • SikaBond® R&B: Novel product portfolio for bonding and repair of conveyor belts, offering similar properties to standard, more elaborate vulcanization bonding methods.
  • SikaHyflex®-403: Adhesive and sealant for on-site door and window installation, offering primerless adhesion to many substrates, especially PVC or powder-coated door and window frames.
  • Sikaflex®-268: Adhesive for direct glazing and assembly bonding for rail vehicles, with excellent weathering properties and high resistance to aggressive cleaning agents.
  • Sikadur® WTG-1280 LD: Toughend, low-density epoxy adhesive that prevents cracking under heavy loads and thereby facilitates manufacture of larger rotor blades to enhance the energy performance of wind turbines.
  • Sikaflex® Precast: One-component sealant for joints between precast-concrete units, with guaranteed ±25% movement accommodation to ASTM standard.
  • SikaSeal®-101 Bath & Kitchen: Elastic, water-based sealant for wide range of bonding applications in wet areas.
  • Sika® Primer-207: Effective pretreatment for reliable adhesion of various materials (glass, coatings, plastics, metal etc.) within a wide temperature range.
  • SikaPower®-498/3: Innovative structural adhesive for high-strength bonding of lightweight materials, such as carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics or aluminum to steel in automotive manufacturing.
  • SikaMelt®-9632 SF: Polyurethane hot-melt adhesive without R40 hazard warning (EU REACH Chemicals Regulation), offering easier workability for lamination applications.
  • SikaMelt®-9175HC: Hot-melt adhesive with high UV stability and improved properties at high temperatures, specifically for use in manufacture of SikaProof® A HC membranes.
  • SikaPower®-487: Crash-resistant structural body shop adhesive, with low-temperature curing that enables automotive manufacturers to lower paint oven temperatures or shorten oven passage times.