Sika's business is aligned in seven target markets: concrete, waterproofing, roofing, flooring, sealing and bonding, refurbishment and industry.

Concrete

Sika develops and markets a complete range of admixtures and additives for use in concrete, cement and mortar production. These products enhance specific properties of the fresh or hardened concrete, such as workability, watertightness, durability, load-bearing capacity or early and final strength. The demand for admixtures and additives is currently on the rise, particularly due to the increased performance requirements placed on concrete and mortar, especially in urban areas and for infrastructure construction. Furthermore, the growing use of alternative cementitious materials in cement, mortar, and therefore also in concrete, increases the need for admixtures. Concrete

Waterproofing

Sika’s solutions cover the full range of technologies used for below and above ground waterproofing: flexible membrane systems, liquid applied membranes, waterproofing admixtures for mortars, joint sealants, waterproofing mortars, injection grouts and coatings. Key market segments include basements, underground parking garages, tunnels and all types of water-retaining structures (for example reservoirs, storage basins and storage tanks). Watertight systems are faced with increasingly stringent requirements regarding sustainability, easy application and total cost management. Therefore the selection of appropriate waterproofing systems to suit the needs and requirements of the owner as well as the detailing of the solution are key for long-lasting and watertight structures.

Roofing

Sika provides a full range of single-ply and built-up flat roofing systems incorporating both flexible sheet and liquid applied membranes. A more than 50 year history has documented that Sika roofing solutions are outstanding performers, reliable, sustainable and long-lasting. Demand in this segment is driven by the need for eco-friendly, energy-saving solutions such as green roof systems, cool roofs and solar roofs, which simultaneously help to reduce CO2 emissions. While refurbishment projects continue to gain significance in the mature markets, the emerging markets are moving towards higher-quality roof solutions.

Flooring

Sika’s flooring solutions are based on synthetic resin and cementitious systems for industrial and commercial buildings, for example pharmaceutical and food-sector production plants, public buildings such as educational and health care facilities, parking decks and private residential properties. Each market segment is subject to its own particular requirements in terms of mechanical properties, safety regulations (for example slip resistance), antistatic performance, and chemical or fire resistance.

Trends in the flooring market are being dictated by the growing significance of safety and environmental regulations as well as customized technical requirements. The high volume of building alteration and conversion projects nowadays has boosted the importance of efficient solutions for the refurbishment of existing flooring systems.

Sealing & Bonding

Sika offers a wide range of high-performing and durable sealants, tapes, spray foams and elastic adhesives for the building envelope, for interior finishing and for infrastructure construction. Typical applications include sealing of movement joints between façade elements to make buildings weatherproof, bonding of wood floors to reduce noise or sealing the joints in airport aprons.

The growing demand in this market is fueled by an increasing awareness of the importance of high performance sealants for the overall durability and energy efficiency of buildings, the increasing volume of high-rise projects and a continued replacement of mechanical fastening systems by adhesives due to better performance and lower costs.

Refurbishment

This segment features concrete protection and repair solutions, e.g. repair mortars, protective coatings, grouts and structural strengthening systems. It also includes products for interior finishing, specifically cementitious leveling compounds, tile adhesives and tile grouts. Market trends are dictated by the rising quality requirements placed on products and services, with global customers expecting uniform standards worldwide.

The present uptrend in demand is attributable to a rising volume of infrastructure rehabilitation projects in the transport, water management and energy sectors. The global urbanization trend and the increasing need for renovation in developed countries also fuel demand in the interior refurbishment sector.

Industry

The markets served by Sika include automobile and commercial vehicle assembly (structural bonding, direct glazing, acoustic systems, reinforcing systems), automotive aftermarket (auto glass replacement, car body repair), marine vessels (leisure and shipbuilding), renewable energies (solar and wind), and facade engineering (structural glazing, sealing of insulating glass units). Sika is a technology leader in elastic bonding, structural adhesives, sealants, reinforcing and acoustic applications serving the world’s leading manufacturers. Customers rely on Sika solutions to enhance product performance and durability while optimizing manufacturing efficiency.  As example, Sikas olutions address key megatrends in vehicle design leading to lighter, stronger, safer, quieter, and more efficient vehicles while fast processing materials and compatibility with automation optimize productivity. Industry