CONCRETE

Sika develops and markets numerous admixtures and additives for use in concrete, cement and mortar production. These products enhance specific properties of the fresh or hardened concrete, such as workability, watertightness, durability, or early and final strength.The demand for admixtures and additives is currently on the rise, particularly due to the increased performance requirements placed on concrete, cement and mortar, especially in urban areas and for infrastructure construction. Furthermore, the growing use of alternative cementitious materials in cement, mortar and thereby also in concrete increases the need for admixtures.

WATERPROOFING

Sika’s solutions cover the full range of technologies used for below-ground waterproofing: flexible membrane systems, liquid applied membranes, waterproofing admixtures for mortars, joint sealants, waterproof ready-to-use mortars, injection grouts and coatings. Key market segments include basements, underground parking garages, tunnels and all types of water-retaining structures (e.g. reservoirs, storage basins, storage tanks). Watertight systems are faced with more stringent requirements regarding durability, easy application and total cost management. Therefore product quality is becoming increasingly important.

ROOFING

Sika provides a full range of single-ply and built-up flat roofing systems incorporating both flexible sheet and liquid applied membranes. Demand in this segment is driven by the need for eco-friendly, energy-saving solutions such as green roof systems, light-reflective cool roofs and solar roofs, which simultaneously help to cut CO2 & nbsp; emissions. While refurbishment projects continue to gain significance in the mature markets, the emerging markets are moving towards higher-quality roof solutions.

FLOORING

Sika’s flooring solutions are based on synthetic resin and cementitious systems for industrial and commercial buildings, e.g. pharmaceutical and food-sector production plants, public buildings such as educational and health care facilities, parking decks and private residential properties. Each market segment is subject to its own particular requirements in terms of mechanical properties, safety regulations (e.g. slip resistance), antistatic performance and chemical or fire resistance. Trends in the flooring market are being dictated by the growing significance of safety and environmental regulations as well as customized technical requirements. The high volume of building alteration and conversion projects nowadays has boosted the importance of efficient solutions for the refurbishment of existing flooring systems.

SEALING & BONDING

Sika’s wide-ranging portfolio includes top-class elastic sealing and bonding solutions to meet all job site needs, e.g. joint sealants for facades or resistant sealants for floor and special joints as well as multipurpose bonding solutions for interior finishing or parquet installation. The growing demand in this market is fueled by the sharper focus on energy-efficient building envelopes, the ever-greater variety of materials used in construction, the increasing volume of high-rise projects and the growing significance of health, safety and environmental issues.

REFURBISHMENT

This segment features concrete protection and repair solutions, e.g. repair mortars, protective coatings, grouts and structural strengthening systems. It also includes products for interior finishing, specifically cementitious leveling compounds, tile adhesives and tile grouts. Market trends are dictated by the rising quality requirements placed on products and services, with global customers expecting uniform standards worldwide. The present uptrend in demand is attributable to a rising volume of infrastructure rehabilitation projects in the transport, water management and energy sectors. The global urbanization trend and the increasing need for renovation in developed countries also fuel demand in the interior refurbishment sector.

INDUSTRY

The markets served by Sika include automobile construction, the commercial vehicle industry (structural bonding, direct glazing, acoustic systems, reinforcing systems),automotive aftermarket (car glass replacement, car body repair),renewable energies(solar and wind) and facade engineering(structural glazing, sealing of insulating glass units). Sika technologies enable crash-resistant bonding for enhanced car safety. The new solutions for bonding together different materials, e.g. aluminum and carbon fiber, pave the way for lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. Manufacturers are also seeking solutions that minimize production time and costs.