Innovation Statement

Sika’s worldwide R&D strategy  strives for sustainable technology leadership and cost leadership focussing on seven product technologies and on strengthening Sika’s leading market position in its clearly defined target markets. In this context R&D aims to support Sika’s strive for strong market positions through innovation and technology leadership.

Innovation Management
Innovation is a substantial part of Sika's culture. The so-called Sika Spirit, as defined by Dr. Romuald Burkard (1925-2004), former CEO and member of the owner family, is based upon three pillars: courage for innovation, strength for consistency and enjoy partnership. Since innovation is of major importance for Sika, the innovation process is steered directly by the concerned Group Management members within the Steering Team Technology.

There are five trend groups as the main drivers for the Sika business and, thus, for the development of innovations: Population growth and ageing society, increasing urbanisation and higher mobility, accelerated globalisation and standardisation, scarcity of natural resources and energy, protection of the environment, climate change.  

Road Mapping
Sika established comprehensive Technology Roadmaps for the five focus target markets Automotive, Sealing and Bonding, Flooring and Coatings, Roofing and Concrete. Those customised Technology Roadmaps are a basis for a solid technology project planning which is in line with the corporate strategy. They are visualising plausible development pathways of Sika's key technologies from today into a mid-term as well as long-term future, considering the impact of the megatrends.

Product Innovation Process
The Sika Product Creation Process (PCP) defines the authority, responsibilities and procedures for creating new product technology in the Sika Group. The key goal of the PCP is the timely, fast development and efficient roll out of new products with a unique selling proposition to all defined markets and countries in order to add value to defined customers and therefore to allow selling at a premium price as well as to prevent risks/claims created by improper product creation.