Baar, Switzerland - Construction products group Sika said 3 Sept that it is to make its group management leaner and more efficient, with nine members instead of 14, to be implemented by 1 Jan 2013.
Another move will see Sika cut its current six geographical regions to four.
In a statement, Sika ceo Jan Jenisch said: "The new organisation pursuesour strategy of focusing on seven target markets. The geographicalconcentration on four regions will enable us to deliver integratedmanagement from production through to the customer. Overall, the neworganisation will make us significantly more efficient and even morefocused on the needs of our customers. The traditional flat managementstructures will remain in place."
The regional groupings will manage linked economic areas and supply chain structures from a single source. In Europe, Sika wll create an EMEA group covering the current regions Europe North and South and the Middle East and Africa. India will be moved to the Asia/Pacific group.
Sika's group management will consist of: Jan Jenisch (ceo), Christoph Ganz (North America), Heinz Gisel (Asia/Pacific), Paul Schuler (EMEA), José Luis Vázquez (Latin America), Silvio Ponti (Building Systems & Industry), Ernesto Schümperli (Concrete and Waterproofing), Urs Mäder (Technology), Ronald Trächsel (Finance).
Sika said profit and loss responsibility will rest with the regions.
Marketing will be realigned to Sika's seven strategic target markets: Concrete, Waterproofing, Roofing, Flooring, Sealing & Bonding, Refurbishment and Industry. Sika claims this breakdown "will allow us to further strengthen our customer orientation and enable an optimised technical market service and focused research and development work."