Sika recently opened a new dustless powder plant at their Isando plant.
Sika recently quadrupled the output of their current plant in Durban by installing a new state-of-the-art, dustless powder plant at their Isando plant. The Isando site was acquired at the beginning of 2013 with the goal of ensuring the smooth continuity of business and distribution to their local and regional customers.
The company used to produce both powders and liquids exclusively at their Durban operation. The new technology used in this plant however, helps to overcome the issues of segregation of aggregates that were used with some of the older designs from the past.
The new Gauteng offices were officially opened in August 2013. The facility includes a 250-seat auditorium for presentations, three designated training rooms for practical training and demos with engineers, contractors and architects, and a fully functioning concrete laboratory for in-house and external testing.
The managing director of Sika South Africa, Paul Adams, says the plant is virtually fully automatic, being fed by two cement silos and four sand silos, which can be seen from the R21/OR Tambo International Airport.
“We have also expanded our admixture production facilities in the new plant with a 20 000-litre mixing vessel, necessitated by the substantial growth of our concrete admixture business in Gauteng over the past few years,” says Adams.
“Over the past two years we have grown Sika’s footprint in South Africa, with new offices in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and Gauteng, including production facilities. In most cases we have doubled the size of our office and warehouse space, and some have tripled in size,” concludes Adams.
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