Market presence and organic growth
Organic growth stands at the center of the Sika strategy.In 2013 new subsidiaries were established in Belarus and Oman. Sika furthermore has invested in 2013 considerable funds in the expansion of capacity, for example in Angola, China, Colombia, Iraq, Laos, Romania, Russia South-Africa, Ukraine and Vietnam. The emerging markets saw double-digit sales growth in 2013 and are already generating 38% of Sika's consolidated net sales.
Alone in the years 2010 to 2013 21 acquired companies were integrated into the Sika Group. In 2013 Sika has acquired five companies: LCS Optiroc Singapore, Malaysia, Building Adhesives Business of AkzoNobel, Netherlands, Radmix Resources Pty Ltd and ASF Pty Ltd., Australia, JMTexsa, S.A. de C.V. and Texsa India Ltd., Mexico and India, Everbuild Building Products Ltd., United Kingdom.
In 2012 Sika was included in the Swiss Leader Index (SLI), containing the 30 largest Swiss companies.
Sustainable and solid entrepreneurship
Sika addresses environmental concerns throughout the value chain and adopts the widely used GRI (Global Reporting Index). Furthermore, the company adopts the principles of the UN Global Compact and continues activities like the expansion of product sustainability databases in line with international life cycle assessment (LCA) practices.
The collaboration with non-profit organizations and top-notch scientific institutions like the ETH Zurich has been intensified. The appeals procedure for the professorship, endowed by Sika on the occasion of the 100-year anniversary, is successfully completed. Professor Dr. Jan Vermant was appointed Professor of Soft Materials at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) by the Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology on 25/26 September 2013. Sika continues to engage in sustainable and humanitarian development projects. In this context, since 2005 the Romuald Burkard Foundation provides financial support to social and community projects in countries where Sika maintains subsidiaries.
Since January 2013 Sika's business is aligned in seven target markets, concrete, waterproofing, roofing, flooring, sealing & bonding, refurbishment and industry. Research & development units are established for all target markets.
The fully integrated concepts offered by Sika address the entire life cycle of a facility, from initial construction up to the point in time when repair, refurbishment or extension become necessary.