Facts and Figures
The origins of Sika
In 1910, Kaspar Winkler laid the foundations for the present-day Sika Group in Zurich. At that time, he had developed a pioneering chemical process to accelerate the setting and hardening of cement, mortar and concrete. His first product, Sika -1, a watersealing mortar additive, remains widely used to this day.
Sika in Canada and in the World
Sika is a global company with more than 120 production and marketing subsidiaries in 76 countries. We are a globally integrated company supplying specialty chemicals and application knowledge. Sika is a company with a strong innovative tradition, constantly striving for new levels of excellence. This means developing innovative products and solutions that will open up new opportunities for the company, its employees, and its partners in construction, trade and industry.
Sika is a leader in processing materials used in sealing, bonding, damping, reinforcing and protecting load-bearing structures. Sika’s product range features high-quality concrete admixtures, specialty mortars, sealants and adhesives, damping and reinforcing materials, structural strengthening systems, industrial flooring as well as roofing and waterproofing systems. Total solutions from Sika replace older technologies such as bolting, riveting and welding, opening unforeseen innovation possibilities for customers. Our objective is to help customers generate added value and always stay one step ahead of the competition. Worldwide local presence with subsidiaries in 76 countries and around 15,300 employees (2011) link customers directly to Sika and ensure the success of all our partners. In the pursuit of value creation for all stakeholders, Sika achieves annual sales of CHF 4.556 billion (2011).
The company’s product lines include high-grade concrete admixtures, specialty mortars, sealants and adhesives, damping and reinforcing materials, structural strengthening systems, industrial flooring and sealing membranes.
Sika’s global presence – a strategic success factor
- Worldwide local presence in 76 countries
- Sika production and marketing companies
- 15,254 employees (2011)
- Besides the corporate brand Sika further 575 Sika trademarks as Sikaflex, Sika ViscoCrete or SikaBond
- More than 15,680 trademark registrations in 160 countries
- 32.7% (2011) of net sales is generated with products launched within the last five years
- Spending for research and development in the Group amounted to some 1.7% of sales (2011)