Sika recently announced that it is starting operations at a plant in Doha, Qatar, for the production of concrete admixtures. The country on the east coast of the Arabian peninsula is reportedly an attractive market due to large-scale infrastructure investment and a number of mega projects, both ongoing and planned.

Following the establishment of the national subsidiary in 2012, Sika reports that it is expanding its presence in Qatar with its own production facility, thereby positioning itself as a provider of high-performance product technologies that are now manufactured on a local basis and close to customers. In addition to production lines for concrete admixture manufacturing, the main office and a central storage facility will be located at the site.  

“The optimization of our supply chain will enable us to play an even greater role in major construction projects in Qatar,” said Ivo Schädler, EMEA regional manager. “Having our own production capacities available locally makes it possible for us to lower transportation costs and enhance proximity to customers.”

In addition to investing in stadiums and related infrastructure for the 2022 Soccer World Cup, Qatar is reportedly expanding its transport and energy infrastructures with roads, ports, railroads, and power plants. One important project is the Doha Metro, a rapid transport system linking the capital with its suburbs. The gas sector is also attracting large-scale investment. Average annual growth of more than 9% is forecasted for Qatar’s construction industry until 2023.

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