POINTE-CLAIRE, QC, July 21, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Sika Canada is proud to announce the construction of a new mortars and concrete admixtures plant in British-Columbia. Currently under construction in Surrey, east of Vancouver, this new facility will be Sika's footprint in the heart of a region with significant growth potential.
The building, of approximately 30,000 ft2 (2,800 m2), is based upon Sika's lean and efficient manufacturing concept. Adopted for the first time in Canada, it includes a modular mortar plant and liquid concrete admixture blending equipment, all under one roof. In addition to the production area, the new building also includes two laboratories for quality control purposes, an integrated warehouse and an office space for administrative and sales personnel. This plant is designed and built to meet local environmental regulations concerning air quality, noise management and the handling of light chemical materials.
For customers in the Pacific Northwest, this ''Made in BC'' approach will be very beneficial by providing improved product availability, significantly reduced lead times and faster deliveries. This highly automated plant will produce a broad range of cementitious mortars and grouts including SikaTop®, Sikacrete®, SikaQuick®, SikaRepair®, SikaSet®, Sika® MonoTop®, Sika® Level and SikaGrout®. The state of the art admixture blending equipment will enable the production of liquid admixtures such as Sika ViscoCrete® and Sikament® high-range water-reducers, Sika® Plastocrete® water-reducers, Sika® Air/Multi-Air and Sika® AERCA air-entrainers, Sika® Plastiment® and SikaTard® set-retarders and SikaSet® set-accelerators.
By producing in British-Columbia, Sika can significantly reduce shipments of admixtures and mortars from our Edmonton and Montreal plants. This will reduce our environmental impact by drastically reducing the number of shipments by truck and rail. In addition, raw materials will be sourced locally as much as possible, further reducing shipment distances.
The construction of this new facility fits with Sika's global supply-chain strategy and increases the number of Sika's production sites to over 160 across the globe. With the addition of the Surrey site, Sika Canada will have four manufacturing plants across Canada to ensure that we are close to our customers and can provide them with unmatched level of service. ''This new plant is a major investment for Sika Canada and continues our drive to offer our customers the best possible customer service in our industry. At a time where many companies are looking to consolidate and rationalise their production sites, Sika Canada continues to focus on the needs of our customers. We continue to firmly believe in the value of investing in Canada and you can expect further investments of this nature in the near future'' said Michael P. Hardman, President of Sika Canada.
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Sika Canada Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sika AG, located in Baar, Switzerland. Sika is a globally active specialty chemicals company supplying the building and construction industries as well as manufacturing sector (automotive, bus, truck, rail, building and alternative energies components, etc.). Sika's portfolio notably includes high-quality concrete admixtures, specialty mortars/concrete, sealants and adhesives, waterproofing solutions, structural strengthening systems, industrial flooring, protective and decorative coatings, as well as roofing systems. Sika is a leader in processing materials used in sealing, bonding, damping, reinforcing and protecting load-bearing structures. Relying on a presence in 91 countries and on a workforce of over 17,000 employees deployed in over 160 production facilities worldwide, Sika generates annual sales exceeding of CHF 5.6 billion in 2014.
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For further information: Mr. Michael P. Hardman, Title: President, Tel.: 514-697-2610, Fax: 514 -697-4726, E-mail: email@example.com