Baar, Switzerland - Sika has invested ChF 40 million ($39 million) in a new technology centre in Tüffenwies, Zurich. About 180 research and development employees will work in the new building, primarily on Sika products for sealing and bonding, based on polyurethanes, silane-terminated polymers, polyacrylates and epoxy hybrids.
According to Sika, the group's rapid expansion in past years "requires structural expansion" - especially in innovation. "This investment is fundamental for the success and growth of the coming years," Sika said
The new centre is a further step, Sika said, in turning its traditional main location from a production site into a site focused on research and education.
In recent years Sika has moved its central warehouse to Birrfeld in the Aargau canton, and relocated production of concrete admixtures to Kirchberg in Berne.
Now, the group said, relocation of production of Sikaflex adhesives and sealants to Düdingen in Fribourg is underway.
Not surprisingly, the new building use Sika products throughout. The exposed concrete façade, which uses self-compacting concrete, "conveys the pioneering performance of this new technology," said the group. The technology allows thin-walled construction of only 10 cm through the use of Sika additive products, the company said.
Sika products are also used in below-ground sealing, in sealing and fixing the courtyard glass façade as well as for flooring and wall coverings, and on the roof. The facility has a combined flooring area of some 10 000 sq.m and a volume of 40 000 cu.m.