Investment

To speed up the roll-out of newly developed products, the Product Creation Process (PCP) was revised in business year 2015. After instruction of the relevant staff members, the new version was implemented throughout the company.

The regional technology support functions are responsible for compliance with the PCP in their area and perform regular PCP audits to review process quality. The audits ensure that employees always have an up-to-date state of knowledge that meets the high standards specified by Sika and that local chemists are familiar with the latest technologies. At the same time, special workshops are held to collect innovative ideas from the regions and leverage these for the Group.

Total expenditures on research and development for the Group in the year under review totaled CHF 160.6 million (previous year: CHF 162.2 million), equivalent to 2.9% of sales (previous year: 2.9%).

Intellectual property

Sika maintains exclusivity over its innovative products through systematic registration of its intellectual property rights. Sika made 87 invention disclosures in 2015 (previous year: 72) and filed for 70 patents (previous year: 70).  

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Product creation process

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.