Global Technology Center Preston: Liquid Applied Membranes and Coatings
One proof of Sika's successful strategy is the fact, that resources of acquired companies and brands are used as growth platforms. Two excellent examples are the build up of two Global Technology Centers.
Following the acquisition of Liquid Plastics and Incorez in the UK in 2009, Sika has continued to invest in its Preston facilities and into the further development of roof waterproofing and internal floor coatings. Sika's aim is to produce technically advanced and environmentally friendly liquid roofing membranes, positioning Sika as a global leader within this field.
The investment on the Preston facilities paid out. Construction work on the new research and development center in Preston began in 2013 on the site of an existing 100-year old warehouse. The new Global Technology Center opened in 2014 and is twice as large as the previous structure, covering more than a thousand square meters. The state of the art facility encourages teamwork and creativity amongst its research chemists.
Please, see the video with a statement of Mike Byrne, Head of Research and Development at Sika Ltd., UK.
Global Technology Center Rosendahl/Germany: Interior Finishings
In 2013 Sika acquired the Building Adhesives Business of AkzoNobel and subsequently integrated the famous brands Schönox, Casco and Cegecol into its portfolio. In 2015, Sika invested 7 million CHF into the construction of a new Global Technology Center here in Rosendahl with a total floor space of approx. 2,800 m². The opening is planned for July 2016. This investment is an indication of the successful integration of resources, know-how and cultural patterns, and proof of further success.
The new Global Technology Center itself is built by using Sika and Schönox technologies and according to state-of-the-art energetic standards. It combines Research and Customer Focus. Every year, more than 2,000 customers will be instructed in the new training facilities. Customer training has been a significant component and our customers will be pleased with the new facilities. The Sika approach: combining knowledge with hands-on training.
Please see the video with a statement of Wolfgang Boersting, R&D Manager Global Technology Center, Rosendahl.