Sika’s Rmax division streamlines below grade insulation

Sources: Sika Corp., Lyndhurst, N.J.; CP staff Eyeing code-level foundation insulating performance in a 1.5-in. thick board, the Rmax division of Sika Corp. has turned to a durable, water-resistant facer on a core of polyiso, a closed-cell material widely adopted for high thermal resistance in exterior continuous wall and roofing applications.  “Historically, the vast majority of the below-grade commercial and…

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Kwik Bond Polymers guides Sika into performance bridge decks

Sources: Sika AG, Baar, Switzerland; CP staff The parent company of New Jersey-based Sika Corp. has acquired Kwik Bond Polymers LLC (KBP), a developer of premium compounds for bridge deck and other heavy/civil concrete conditions. The Benecia, Calif. firm’s primary deck, overlay and surface treatment offerings for new construction or retrofit are polyester-based concrete or polymer-based basalt fiber synthetic mixes…

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Sika AG takes stake in concrete flooring specialist, keen on global prospects

Sources: Sika AG, Baar, Switzerland; CP staff The parent company of Sika Corp. has acquired a 30 percent interest in Concria Oy, a Finnish startup whose Optimal Slab concrete floor installation and polishing technology offers a wide range of advantages to contractors, architects, and industrial or commercial property owners. The firm’s novel approach to decorative or performance slabs includes special…

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Sika extends budget for higher polycarboxylate admixture output

Sources: Sika AG, Baar, Switzerland; CP staff The parent company of New Jersey-based Sika Corp. has announced further investment in polymer production capacity at its Sealy, Texas plant, the second such outlay in five years. The move will yield higher volumes of the chemical building blocks underpinning the ViscoCrete family of admixtures for self-consolidating, high slump and cement-optimized concrete mixes. …

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Sika adds mining-minded shotcrete, grout specialist Thiessen Team

Sources: Sika AG, Baar, Switzerland; CP staff The parent company of New Jersey-based Sika Corp. has closed on Thiessen Team USA, an Elko, Nev. provider of shotcrete and grouting agents, plus related plant and delivery equipment, for mining—including Western operations focused on minerals essential to electric vehicle batteries. The acquisition opens cross-selling potential for Sika mix accelerator and structural fiber…

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Sika closes Master Builders deal with former Chryso underwriter

The parent of New Jersey-based Sika Corp. has consummated two transactions on its European home turf, both continuing a global concrete admixtures business transformation that began with 2021-22 Saint-Gobain Group deals for Chryso Group and GCP Applied Technologies. Sika AG of Baar, Switzerland acquired MBCC Group of Mannheim, Germany, then sold the Master Builders Solutions brand and MBCC assets in…

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Energy efficiency prevails at new SikaFiber production lines

New extrusion and packaging lines at the Sika Corp. plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. spell an increase of up to 4 million pounds of concrete reinforcing fiber capacity. Investment in the facility emphasizes a commitment to customers in the region and positions the operation for timely SikaFiber production to meet demands of a growing market.  The new extrusion line is approximately…

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Sika colloidal silica agent arms contractors to control slab destiny

Nanotechnology driving deployment of particles far smaller than those typical of cementitious materials augments the latest addition to the Sika Corp. line of concrete admixtures for improving slab on grade performance. A colloidal silica topical agent, SikaCem-190 Concrete Control is spray applied during floating or troweling to maintain adequate moisture, promote cement particle hydration, and reduce premature set risk. The…

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MANUFACTURERS – June 2022

The employee-owners of Besser Co. have honored 37-year veteran Rodney Lang on his recent retirement, noting how his engineering background, outgoing nature, and resourcefulness allowed him to apply his talents in a wide variety of roles which impacted producers and fellow employee-owners worldwide. After graduating from Lake Superior State University, he joined Besser as electrical engineer, paving the way for…

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Sika raises Mid-Atlantic market service with Virginia admixture plant

Sources: Sika Corp., Lyndhurst, N.J.; CP staff Sika has expanded concrete admixture capacity in the growing Mid-Atlantic construction market with a 42,600-sq.-ft. production facility in Stafford, Va. Two 6,000-plus gallon mixers equip the new plant for 50,000 tons’ annual capacity. Along with responding to high demand in the region, the operation guarantees optimized logistics, shorter transportation routes for raw materials…

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