27 November 2014 - Sika has opened a new research and development center in Preston in northwest England. Construction work on the new center began one year ago on the site of an existing 100-year old warehouse. The new center is twice as large as the previous structure, covering more than a thousand square meters. The research center's activities will focus on 30 Sika products, including the roof waterproofing and interior floor coatings.
"We are establishing a leading-edge technology center in the area of liquid roofing in our new research and development center in Preston", comments Sika CEO Jan Jenisch.
Following the acquisition of Liquid Plastics and Incorez in the UK in 2009, Sika has continued to invest in this area of its business with the aim of guaranteeing the development of technologically advanced and environmentally friendly liquid roofing membranes, while also pressing ahead with new developments in its product technologies.
Sika employs around 800 staff in 20 technology centers around the world. The new facility in Preston represents one of twelve Sika research centers in Europe. There are five further R&D centers in Asia and three in the Americas. In 2013, Sika invested CHF 166.1 million – 3.2% of sales – in R&D. With 73 patent applications in the past year, Sika is one of the most innovative companies in Switzerland.
Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing and protection in the building sector and automotive industry. Sika has subsidiaries in 84 countries around the world and manufactures in over 160 factories. Its more than 16,000 employees generate annual sales of CHF 5.14 billion.