From Customer to Innovation
Megatrends like CO2 reduction, urbanization, e-mobility, ease of design and lightweight construction are reshaping economies, businesses, and lifestyles. Environmental changes and growing population require cleaner energy and better-functioning cities. These forces are driving the demand for intelligent construction materials and smart mobility systems to ease congestion. Technological answers include smart products which will bring digital intelligence to new places, as sensor-equipped machines become increasingly autonomous thanks to decision-making software.
Sika targets the development of proprietary technology that provides key performance benefits and allows Sika’s product platforms to respond to global trends, such as resource-saving building methods, energy-efficient and low-emission construction materials, high-speed manufacturing methods, or lighter and safer vehicles.
Sika key projects focus on high-performance molecules with unique features, smart refining techniques for polymers and surfaces, and tailored laboratory equipment allowing quick scale-up to full-size production. In collaboration with technical operations, Sika engineers and researchers also aspire to tighten the comprehensive product assortment, to invest in new component technologies and to simplify processes in production, marketing, and distribution.
Working to create industry leading innovations that extend the product life cycle – from concrete and flooring products, to sealants and roofing systems used on buildings and parking garages, bridges and stadiums as well as dams and water treatment facilities — Sika seeks to make a difference in meeting the sustainable challenges the industry and planet face today and tomorrow.
The overall ambition for Sika is to reduce the CO2 footprint in its own operations and by its sustainable solutions. New product formulations in this context consider alternative raw materials, for example as a substitute for sand.
- Supplementary Cementitious Materials
- Waterproofing solution for concrete basement
- High performance sustainable mortars
- Synthesizing bio-based PCE superplasticizers
- Protective coatings for concrete
- Concrete Reinforcing Fibers
Urbanization is one of the most prominent megatrends. It is characterized by greater diversification, more high-rise buildings, larger building complexes, and growing demand for infrastructure services. At the same time, the quality requirements that buildings have to meet are rising in response to increased safety and sustainability reagulations, lack of space, or dense traffic. Sika provides the solutions to overcome these challenges in collaboration with customers and is set to benefit from these trends.
- High performance concrete
- Sikasil to insulate glass facade elements
- SikaProof A+
First Body Shop adhesive able to absorb tensions caused by different thermal elongations.
First Semi Structural 1C-PUR suitable for mixed bonding in the assembly line.
Semi-structural 2C-PUR with unique mechanical and cure performance - under development.
Unique Elastic 2C-PUR products for PC and plastic bonding (roof and tailgate) - under development.
Ease of Design and Application
The construction industry is always changing and evolving. For example, prefabrication and modular construction have both increased in popularity over the last couple of years. Both trends are energy efficient and cost-effective, which is ideal at a time when most material prices are rising. But not only. Complex requirements due to global and local construction standards require a lot of knowledge. With an overall ease of design, the actual work on the construction sites therefore has to be facilitated. Sika technologies are sophisticated in terms of performance and sustainability, but easy to apply.
The formerly so called “brick and mortar” industry has entered the digital age. The digital push is accelerating. Processes which are digitalized from start to finish raise standards and increase construction speed. The value chain is changing fundamentally, from 3D planning to digital processes carried out on the construction site but also in the manufacturing process. Digitalization does not depend on new tools and new software; it is more about the mindset. Initially, it is all a question of the right business model – the process requirements and the essential technologies will follow, allowing the construction sector to exploit the massive potential of digitalization. It is unstoppable.
Selected Key Achievements
Application system for high-precision concrete 3D printing
Novel amine hardeners for flooring and coatings
High-end micro fibers for shotcrete/precast concrete