As a global company with Swiss roots, Sika is demonstrating its commitment to Zurich by investing CHF 60 million in a state-of-the-art laboratory and office building as well as the necessary infrastructure to accommodate further employees.

Sika one of the largest industrial employers with production activities in Zurich

At a ceremony held at its location in Zurich, Sika launched construction work on a further building on its existing site. The new "Limmat" building will be a state-of-the-art laboratory and office building with capacity for a total of 300 employees. Work is scheduled for completion by fall 2016.

Sika plans to bring together 200 existing employees from other Sika branches as well as create new jobs. This means that some 830 people will be working at Sika in Zurich by 2016. Within the company, the branch holds a leading position in research and development as well as the production of adhesives and sealants for automotive applications. Furthermore, Zurich is also home to key corporate functions and the marketing organization. Sika is one of the largest remaining industrial employers with production activities in Zurich.

"Ever since Sika was founded in Zurich in 1910, we have continuously expanded our Altstetten site and have invested around CHF 120 million in the last ten years alone," commented CEO Jan Jenisch. "Sika Zurich leads our global company in basic and applied research into new adhesives and sealants and the manufacture of these products, which are used by the automotive industry among others. Each year, over 60 million windshields – that's one in every four world-wide – are bonded using systems made by Sika."