Ever since the acquisition of the Schönox brand in 2013, Sika has been able to profit from several innovative products that have been rolled out to the whole Sika organization.
In October 2013, Sika completed the acquisition of AkzoNobel’s Building Adhesive business, a top-three player in its European markets (mainly Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the Nordics) with top quality brands such as Schönox, Cégécol, and Casco, in order to increase the product offering for interior finishing in flooring, sealing & bonding and refurbishment markets.
Sika has been able to profit from the expertise in the fields of cementitious flooring, tiling system solutions, including waterproofing and interior wall leveling and finishing, for global product rollout but also global product domestications. Examples are for instance the cementitious flooring and high-end tiling solutions with a focus on a full system approach.
In 2016, Sika opened a new Customer Technology Center at the Schönox location in Rosendahl, Germany. This new center of excellence highlights the drive for innovation and the importance of this acquisition in the area of research and development, technical service, and customer dialogue. New formulations and technologies are developed and rolled out within the Sika Group. It also serves as a center for international product and system trainings with its technical and application experts.
Many innovative products and technologies developed in Rosendahl were rolled out to the Sika organizations. For the tile setting segment an example is the “multiflow” technology. It allows the formulation of high performing tile adhesives that can be applied in four different consistencies, hence facilitating the application drastically while always remaining safe in terms of fulfilling European norms. Another example within the tiling system segment is a special solution for the application of sheet membranes below tiling in order to waterproof wet rooms or swimming pools – faster and more secure.
A break-through innovation in flooring is the first hybrid floor leveling compound for thick layers. This is the perfect symbiosis of gypsum and cement that combines the benefits of both binders, like rapid drying, and curing for faster floor covering installations – the quantum leap in flooring technology.