Sika has opened a technology center focusing on the further and new development of mortar products in Rosendahl, Germany. Following a construction period of 14 months, it was inaugurated in an official ceremony.

Following the acquisition of Schönox at the end of 2013, Sika is now expanding the Rosendahl site. With investments totaling around CHF 6.5 million, a new technology center covering almost 3,000 square meters has been opened. The center of excellence will have Group-wide responsibility for the development of mortar-based installation products. These products are used for floors, tiles and walls in the rapidly-growing interior finishing sector. In addition, a new local center of excellence for specialty mortars has been established. This will focus on grouts and concrete repair mortars for application in bridge-building and the construction of wind farms, for example.

The expanded site also contains an industrial building for applications engineering and seminar rooms for customer product and application training. Around 30 staff will work in the new technology center.

Dave Jones, Head of Global Automotive at Sika: “Following the successful acquisition of Colauto in 2011, we remain strongly committed to the region’s automotive industry and are investing further in the expansion of our product portfolio and production capacities. As the market leader, we are devoted to locally serve our customers and offer them our full range of innovative products. We are proud to be able to provide our global product range in Brazil to international car makers such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen and Toyota.”