Sika has expanded its research and development capacities in the Asia-Pacific region with the opening of a new Technology Center in Suzhou, China. The primary focus of this center is the development of sustainable and high-performance technologies that will contribute to the transformation of the construction and automotive industries. The new center of excellence will play a key role in tapping market potential throughout the Asia-Pacific region. 

After the center in Zurich, the new Technology Center Suzhou, near Shanghai, is Sika’s second-largest technology center, offering roughly 9,000 square meters of usable space. Approximately 150 experts at the center will be actively engaged in developing new technologies. By strategically expanding its research and development activities across all core technologies, Sika aims to further strengthen its innovation leadership and market presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

The facilities in the new Technology Center comprise cutting-edge laboratories for the development of adhesives and sealants. In addition, research infrastructure has been established for concrete admixtures and CO2 reducing cement technologies. Furthermore, a number of laboratories are dedicated to developing innovative solutions for the construction and automotive sectors.

The center’s main focus is on advancing sustainable solutions for construction and industry and, in particular, on research into materials technologies for renewable energies, such as solar and wind power, as well as in energy storage and e-mobility.

Patricia Heidtman, chief innovation and sustainability officer for Sika, said, “With our new Technology Center, we are strengthening our innovation capabilities in the Asia/Pacific region and are fostering synergies in sustainable construction and environmentally friendly mobility. We have created the ideal framework for close collaboration between our research teams. It will thus enable us to develop forward-looking technologies for our customers that combine sustainability with performance.”

Sika has more than 20 global Technology Centers and 100 development and applications centers. The company has over 1,800 employees working in research and development. 

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