New centre for liquid roofing

by Tania Wannenburg

Sika has opened a new research and development centre for developments in the area of liquid roofing.

Sika has expanded its research and development activities by opening a new, state-of-the-art research facility in Preston in northwest England.

“We are establishing a leading-edge technology centre in the area of liquid roofing in our new research and development centre in Preston,” says Sika’s chief executive officer, Jan Jenisch. “Sika possesses outstanding expertise in this area. We aim to further develop this to the benefit of our global Sika subsidiaries and their customers.”

Following the acquisition of Liquid Plastics and Incorez in the United Kingdom in 2009, Sika has continued to invest in this area of its business with the aim of guaranteeing the development of technologically advanced and environmentally friendly liquid roofing membranes, while also pressing ahead with new developments in its product technologies.

Construction on the new centre began just more than one year ago on the site of a 100-year old warehouse, and is twice as large as the previous structure, covering more than 1 000m². The research centre’s activities will focus on developing 30 Sika products, including roof waterproofing and interior floor coatings.

Royal attention
At the official opening ceremony, His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, and other guests were visibly impressed by the expansion investments and took a guided tour of the laboratory.

Research and development at Sika
Sika employs about 800 employees in 20 technology centres around the world. The new facility in Preston represents one of twelve Sika research centres in Europe, with five in Asia and three in the Americas.

In 2013, Sika invested CHF166,1 million – 3,2% of its sales – in research and development. With 73 patent applications in the past year, Sika is one of the most innovative companies in Switzerland.

Tel: 031 792 5600
Website: www.sika.co.za

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