Sika recently announced that it has won the Swiss Technology Award 2019 in the Innovation Leaders category. It reportedly received the award for its new high-performance adhesive technology used in lightweight transportation construction. The prize was awarded at the recent Swiss Innovation Forum in Basel.
Over 100 companies competed for Switzerland’s most important technology prize, which is awarded annually by the Swiss Innovation Forum. Sika reports that it was recognized by the jury for its innovative strength and was awarded the prize for its SikaForce® Powerflex, a new adhesive technology that combines the characteristics of elastic and high-strength structural adhesives in a single product.
“It is a great honor for us to receive the coveted Swiss Technology Award, which demonstrates Sika’s innovative strength once again,” said Frank Höfflin, Sika’s chief technology officer. “Our aim is to offer customers solutions with added value. With our prize-winning SikaForce Powerflex adhesive technology, we not only support faster assembly processes, but also make a major contribution to meeting the challenges of the future—enabling lightweight construction, and thus contributing to environmental friendliness in the transportation field.”
According to Sika, one advantage of SikaForce Powerflex is that it enables manufacturers of various vehicles to implement lighter, less-polluting vehicle concepts while maintaining body rigidity and good elasticity. The mixed materials used in production and bonded with SikaForce permit a reduction in vehicle weight, thus reducing energy consumption and harmful emissions. The new adhesive also features “curing by design” technology that can be triggered virtually at the touch of a button and reduces assembly time by up to 50%.