Sika Experience on tour in China and Australia!
Three lucky students each from China and Australia were hand-picked and selected based on their exceptional study ethics and insights into their anticipated career path. Sika Experience China and Australia was a 10 day program, which was mainly about providing local university students and young professionals the opportunity to merge into the heart of Sika to gain first-hand insight to Sika’s every day work environment and processes by visiting factory, labs and project sites.
Starting in Suzhou
The first part of the program was our visit to Sika China’s head office at Suzhou city located in the southeast of Jiangsu Province in Eastern China, later that evening we then travelled to Sika Sarnafil China head office in Shanghai. It was also the first time the Chinese students were united with the Australian students, with great anticipation; they bonded very well throughout the introduction process with a realisation that a new friendship has begun between the two cultures.
Familiy-Friendly Work Culture
Our first hand visit at Sika China’s production and warehouse facilities has broadened everyone’s understanding of the working condition and environment of the Chinese business culture. It was interesting to witness the presence of a canteen, where all of the company employees gather to have lunch. By participating in such lunch experience with the local Sika employees, the students were able to appreciate the importance of such company service in facilitating a “Family-Friendly” work culture.
Airports and Green Roofs
The students were also exposure to one of Sika Sarnafil’s big project roof project that was completed in 2010 in support to Shanghai Expo, Hongqiao International Airport. It was a fantastic opportunity for the student to see where the products are used. They also have witnessed the suitability of the membrane as a green roof, the very same product used on top of the Sika Sarnafil Green Roof Building.
Moving on to Sydney
Discovering Sydney, Sika-style. The second part of our program was the visit to Australia`s capital to Sika Australia’s head office. An intense 3 day program presented the students a different focus on the Australian business. Fun field activities that provided the students with a different view how Sika Australia operates through R&D, Quality and Production.
Another interesting event on that day was the site visit to one of Sika Australia’s major customer in the Concrete business. An eye opening experience for all, especial to the Chinese students who haven’t seen site facilities that mixes colour admixtures through the huge concrete mixtures both on the site and on the mobile truck cement mixers.
Site visits continued throughout the program, the second time around, the students witnessed a new waterproofing product being applied onto a roof-top of a local council building. The student were exposed to building site conditions and witnessed first-hand how applicators used Sika products. One of the students blogged…“I believe such site visit today greatly broadened my understanding of waterproofing measures utilised on roof-tops.”
Site visits continued throughout the program, the second time around, the students witnessed a new waterproofing product being applied onto a roof-top of a local council building. The student were exposed to building site conditions and witnessed first-hand how applicators used Sika products. One of the student’s blogged…“I believe such site visit today greatly broadened my understanding of waterproofing measures utilised on roof-tops.”
Exploring Distribution Business
Because of the diversity of the Australian market it was important for the student to experience and witness the distribution business. The students were particularly interested how big the DIY market was in Australia and they were very impressed on one of the major retail outlet they visited on that day.
The Bunnings experience provided the students a wide exposure to the retail environment and the diversity of the products available on the market. The students ended up thrilling: “Participating in such Sika program has been a life thrilling experience, and we would like to thank all organizers and management teams for allowing such program to occur.”