- The strong Sika brand is recognized for its sustainable solution portfolio
- Sika screens the product portfolio for sustainability using life-cycle data
- Dynamic growth through fragmented markets, megatrends, and an attractive business model
DISCLOSURE 102-1: NAME OF THE ORGANIZATION
DISCLOSURE 102-2: ACTIVITIES, BRANDS, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES
Description general activities:
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 protecting in the building sector and motor vehicle industry.
THE SIKA BRAND
The Sika umbrella brand, and some 1,098 Sika product trademarks, such as Sika® ViscoCrete®, SikaBond®, or Sikaflex®, sharpen the company’s competitive edge. Hence the crucial role of trademark protection as a management task, performed both globally at Group level and locally at national level. In total, Sika held 8,504 trademark registrations in 152 countries at the end of 2020. Sika continuously monitors its trademarks and takes appropriate legal action in cases of infringement:
- Sika MaxTack®: Power grab adhesive
- Sikaflex®: Polyurethane-based sealants for a wide range of sealing applications
- Sikasil®: Silicone sealants for all types of applications
- SikaBaffle®: Heat-reactive thermoplastic or elastomeric parts designed to seal a vehicle body cavity
- Sika Boom®: Professional polyurethane-foam range for sealing, bonding, and damping
- SikaBond®: Bonding solutions for all your needs
- SikaCeram®: Tiling system solution
- SikaForce® Powerflex: Combining advantages of both structural and elastic adhesives
- Sikalastic®: Liquid-applied waterproofing systems
- Sikagard®: Professional solutions for cleaning and protectio
- Sika AnchorFix®: Sika solutions for all types of anchoring applications
- Sikadur®: Our strong and long-lasting epoxy-based adhesives
- Sikafloor®: Flooring systems which contribute to higher process reliability and effectiveness
- Sika® ViscoCrete®: Sika admixtures that bring innovative options to concrete mix design
- SikaRoof®: Roofing systems for all purposes
- Sarnafil® and Sikaplan®: Long-lasting thermoplastic roofing membranes and solutions
- Purform®: new Polyurethane technology with ultra-low free monomeric diisocyanate content
Innovation in «Sustainable Solutions» is a key objective in the Sika Strategy 2023 to create value added products based on both performance and sustainability benefits – combining product performance and sustainability into one integral concept. Managing innovation and sustainability, minimizing the risks and maximizing opportunities and creating positive business impact is the purpose of the new Sustainable Portfolio Management (SPM) based concept.
The main focus in 2020 was the further evolution and piloting of the newly developed SPM methodology. The SPM methodology enables Sika to evaluate, classify and position products in defined market segments in terms of performance and sustainability related risks and opportunities, with the aim to concentrate on sustainability assessment as part of the Sika innovation strategy.
The Sika SPM methodology provides guidance on what a «Sustainable product» is and of how sustainability is measured and communicated in a systematic and comprehensive way. With a focus on the long term, this approach will lead to a deeper understanding of the sustainability capacity of Sika’s products and solutions portfolio, focusing on new developments. This approach will help Sika steer its product portfolio towards proven sustainability benefits aligned with megatrends in a structured way.
Innovative strength for “More Performant More Sustainable” products
Innovation in «Sustainable Solutions» to create value added products based on both higher performance and sustainability benefits – combining product performance and sustainability into one integral concept – is the key objective of the new strategic “More Performant - More Sustainable” product innovation approach. In the year under review, Sika concluded the ongoing process of developing and piloting the new Sustainable Portfolio Management (SPM) methodology, which is the backbone to evaluate, classify and positioning products in defined market segments with the aim to build up a Sustainable Solution portfolio as part of the Sika innovation strategy.
SPM is Sika’s new product sustainability assessment methodology is built on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) PSA chemical industry methodology framework, which is a best practice approach to guide companies from the chemical industry in developing and applying consistent, high quality SPM approaches that will result in more sustainable product portfolios and proactively steering their overall product portfolios towards improved sustainability results. The new Sika SPM methodology addresses relevant sustainability categories and criteria and forms part of the official Sika product development process, replacing the existing framework from 2021 onwards. Over the coming years, Sika plans to apply the concept across its product portfolios, to systematically evaluate all new product developments and identify mitigation actions for existing products by reference to innovation priorities and portfolio actions, and to disclose the progress qualitatively.
Refurbishment and Building Finishing: Supplementary material enables cement reduction.
A key initiative is the development and introduction of a complete range of sustainable cementitious mortars for repairing, waterproofing, levelling, tiling and flooring. The main characteristic of these products is the significant reduction of Portland cement by replacing part of it with supplementary cementitious materials (SCM), which may otherwise be disposed to a landfill. In direct comparison with purely cement-based mortars of equivalent performance, reducing the amount of Portland cement results in significant reduction of the product’s embodied carbon footprint.
As an example with focus on EMEA in a first step, the existing concrete repair product portfolio has been extended with a new innovative Sika MonoTop® mortar range, which was developed after years of research and is formulated to achieve a long lasting service life in all the remedial works of damaged concrete due to corrosion, structural damages, water infiltration, freeze and thaw cycles, seismic activity, reactive aggregates, etc. The range forms a complete system that allows to maximize the durability of existing structures while minimizing the resources used.
Another example is cementitious tile adhesives (CTA), which are also manufactured with a reduced cement content and are attracting great interest in the Chinese market. The Davco Supplementary Cementitious Material (SCM) tile adhesive range in China encompasses products with improved adhesive performance, durability and workability. Two tile adhesive products accounting for 700,000 tons per year and 86% of total cementitious tile adhesives in China are optimized with regards to their cement content, replacing existing purely cement-based products which leads to an annual reduction of the resulting product related embodied carbon footprint of 72,000 tons of CO2 arising from cement production.
Concrete: Bio-based superplasticizers replace petroleum-based raw materials in concrete.
Concrete admixtures make a significant contribution to improving the performance of fresh and hardened concrete. By using a superplasticizer, it is possible to establish a concrete mix design with an optimal amount of total binder, an optimized water/cement ratio, keeping the same flow at fresh state and reducing the embodied energy and carbon footprint of concrete by over 20%. Nowadays, superplasticizers are mainly made from petroleum-based raw materials. Sika has innovated a superplasticizer from bio-based monomers and launched it first on the market. As a result, over 85% of the previously petroleum-based raw materials are replaced by raw materials that are obtained from renewable vegetable substances. In addition to its sustainability advantages, Sika’s bio-based superplasticizer has excellent concrete technology properties such as a strong water reduction and robust fresh concrete behavior. An example of such a bio-based superplasticizer for concrete is Sika ViscoCrete®-850 Végétal, launched in 2020 in France. Made from an agricultural co-product, the new superplasticizer offers excellent workability, maintenance and resistance performance for standard and technical concrete.
Roofing: Thermoplastic membranes designed in line with circularity principles
Sika has been in the single-ply roofing business for over 50 years and holds a no. 1 position in flexible polyolefins (FPO) in EMEA. 30 years ago, Sika launched Sarnafil® T, a brand that stands for long term performance and is internationally recognized as the prime brand in the roofing industry. In 2020, a new revolutionary technology was introduced in the market, underlining market and technology leadership - Sarnafil® AT - Advanced Technology. As the global leader in single-ply roofing, Sika has created a highly flexible membrane with the ultimate combination of durability, sustainability and ease of installation. The new hybrid technology combines advantages from all existing membrane technologies, with good durability and the freedom of design, to flexibly adapt to different project demands. Sarnafil® AT is the first and only thermoplastic roofing membrane in the market to be Cradle to Cradle Certified TM, which is a rigorous globally recognized independent measure of safer, more sustainable products made for the circular economy.
Flooring: Next generation flooring epoxy platform.
Resin flooring developments continue to focus on performance products that meet sustainable building requirements, such as low odor and low emitting materials. A new epoxy flooring modular approach has been developed using a common part B combined with different part A’s. The modular system for multi-purpose industrial floor coatings is designed that priming, self-levelling and top coating can be applied based on common B components and reduces the overall number of stock keeping units, this reduces logistics and costs for the customers. In the reporting year, a first system based on this new platform has been launched: Sikafloor® 150 unfilled, Sikafloor® 151 filled and Sikafloor® 267 stand for high performance in therms of adhesion, aesthetics and wear resistance. The new part B is quicker and easier to manufacture without the need for heating or cooling (one less step in the production process), which leads to relevant energy reduction in production and, thus, a reduced embodied energy and carbon footprint. The new approach meets the most stringent indoor air emissions for epoxy flooring and has reduced odor when compared against typical epoxies, which makes the product also easier to work with for the applicator as there is no need to stop works.
In 2020, as in the years before, Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) activities in European markets as well as active involvement in EPD industry association work in Europe have been important activities. Sika’s existing EPD reference database for its products and systems has been expanded, focusing on centralized manufactured new innovative thermoplastic roofing and waterproofing membranes, such as Sarnafil® AT and SikaProof® A+, amongst others.
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DISCLOSURE 102-3: LOCATION OF HEADQUARTERS
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