Solutions for New Challenges
Sika’s long history of innovation has led to unparalleled success in becoming a recognized global technology leader in many markets, as well as creating value for Sika’s customers. While investing in established and new technology centers around the world, the company also nurtures and develops an international network of scientists, partners, suppliers, and customers.
Excellent Ideas and Know-how Need Protection
Innovation has a long-standing tradition within Sika, and 'Courage for Innovation' is one of the corporate values. Sika maintains exclusivity over its innovative products through the systematic registration of its intellectual property rights.
Swiss Technology Award
Sika won the Swiss Technology Award 2019 in the “Innovation Leaders” category. The company received the award for its new, high-performance adhesive technology used in lightweight construction in the field of transportation. Sika was recognized by the jury for its innovative strength and was awarded the prize for its latest innovation: SikaForce® Powerflex, a new adhesive technology that combines the characteristics of elastic and high-strength structural adhesives in a single product. Two inventions in the field of structural bonding were combined: “Sika Powerflex” and “Curing by Design”.
3 D Printing Turned into an Asset
3D printing applied to the construction sector offers many advantages, whether in terms of cost, time or durability of materials. The actors who have embarked on concrete additive manufacturing are more and more numerous, convinced of the benefits that 3D technologies can bring. Sika uses 3D concrete printing to design structures more efficiently. It has developed its printing material and its process, which is faster than other systems on the market today.
A New Life for Old Concrete
In 2021, Sika installed a pilot plant for the reCO2ver® process. The target of this process is to enable the production of new, high-quality concrete with the use of 100% aggregates coming from recycled concrete demolition waste. With the new process, old concrete can be completely recycled and saved from landfills. So far, attempts in the construction market to recycle old concrete have led to low recycling rates as these recycled materials could only substitute 30% of primary material in structural concrete. The target of the reCO2ver® process is to increase this substitution rate up to 100%. The Sika innovation will enable our customers to produce high-performance concrete while sequestering a significant amount of CO2. The old concrete is broken down into aggregate, sand, and carbonated powder in an efficient and straightforward process, which aims to bind up to 60 kg of CO2 per ton of crushed concrete demolition waste. reCO2ver® is supposed to make a significant contribution to promoting the circular economy and reducing the environmental footprint of the construction industry.
More Sustainable, More Performance
Sika offers its customers a wide range of environmentally friendly product technologies, including for energy-efficient construction and environmentally friendly vehicles. Moving forward, all new product developments will not only deliver better performance, but will also feature enhanced environmental benefits.