Switzerland-based speciality chemicals and building materials company Sika has opened an AED40 million production facility in Dubai for high-performance concrete admixtures.
With 240,000-ton annual production capacity, the new facility will play a strategic role as a key sales and distribution center for the region.
Sika has grouped together and expanded its mortar and concrete admixtures production, warehouse capacity, technical training center and offices at the new location in Dubai Industrial Park. The new local polymer production facility will help Sika cut costs and to supply to customers in the GCC with customized concrete admixtures.
Ivo Schädler, regional manager-EMEA, Sika, said: “Sika’s new facility in Dubai Industrial Park is constituted as our strategic production, distribution, and sales center for the entire GCC area, creating the ideal conditions for further developing our growth potential in these booming construction markets. With the construction industry benefiting from growing tourism as well as the UAE’s development into a regional logistics center and a hub for renewable energies and green technologies along with Dubai hosting Expo 2020, we foresee a great growth potential for our operations in UAE and region. Sika’s 2020 growth target and strategy fall well in line with UAE’s vision and plans that will provide a further boost to the construction sector with estimates of growth at close to 7% for the next few years,” added Schädler.
Joseph Nabih, general manager, Sika UAE, added: "The new facility is an additional milestone towards the growth of Sika UAE which will further accelerate and maintain our leadership position in the market. Sika’s state-of-the-art facility will enable us to continue developing and introducing the latest innovative technologies into the UAE market as well as act as a hub for serving neighboring GCC markets.”