In response to fast-growing demand for sustainable concrete in the United States, Sika has increased production capacities for macro fibers at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The cost-efficient synthetic macro fibers are based on an innovative technology for the constructive and static reinforcement of concrete construction. No assembly of conventional reinforcement structures is required, shortening construction times, and the macro fibers significantly enhance the properties of cured concrete, surpassing traditional steel reinforcement. The use of this technology extends concrete structures’ lifespans considerably compared to steel reinforcing, enhancing the sustainability of the projects in which it is used. These are important factors that have a positive impact on green building ratings, such as the international LEED certification system.

Christoph Ganz, regional manager, Sika Americas, said, “The United States is experiencing a booming trend in the construction of new industrial and sustainable production facilities, including gigafactories and data centers. This surge in construction is driving a high demand for macro fibers, which are used in manufacturing of abrasion-resistant slabs and industrial flooring. On top of this, there is growing demand for macro fibers in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America in shotcrete applications to stabilize excavations in tunneling and mining. This smart investment will allow us to make further advances in our market penetration throughout Region Americas, unlocking the potential offered by strong growth markets on a targeted basis.”

With the acquisition of King Packaged Materials Co. in 2019, Sika already has a strong presence in the mining industry in Latin America and Canada. Building on this foundation, the recent acquisition of Thiessen Team USA, has further solidified Sika’s position in the American mining sector. Reshoring industrial know-how from Asia is triggering substantial investment in the construction of new production plants, opening vibrant sales markets for Sika’s macro fiber technologies in the United States.

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