Sika Canada is building a new mortars and concrete admixtures plant in British-Columbia at Surrey, east of Vancouver.
The building, of approximately 2,800square metres, is based upon Sika’s “lean and efficient manufacturing concept” adopted for the first time in Canada. It includes a modular mortar plant and liquid concrete admixture blending equipment, all under one roof. In addition to the production area, the new building also includes two laboratories for quality control purposes, an integrated warehouse and an office space for administrative and sales personnel. This plant is designed and built to meet local environmental regulations concerning air quality, noise management and the handling of light chemical materials.
For customers in the Pacific Northwest, this ”Made in BC” approach will be very beneficial by providing improved product availability, significantly reduced lead times and faster deliveries. This highly automated plant will produce a broad range of cementitious mortars and grouts.
By producing in British-Columbia, Sika can significantly reduce shipments of admixtures and mortars from our Edmonton and Montreal plants. This will reduce our environmental impact by drastically reducing the number of shipments by truck and rail. In addition, raw materials will be sourced locally as much as possible, further reducing shipment distances.
The construction of this new facility fits with Sika’s global supply-chain strategy and increases the number of Sika’s production sites to over 160 across the globe. With the addition of the Surrey site, Sika Canada will have four manufacturing plants across Canada to ensure that we are close to our customers and can provide them with unmatched level of service.
”This new plant is a major investment for Sika Canada and continues our drive to offer our customers the best possible customer service in our industry. At a time where many companies are looking to consolidate and rationalise their production sites, Sika Canada continues to focus on the needs of our customers.
“We continue to firmly believe in the value of investing in Canada and you can expect further investments of this nature in the near future,” said Michael P Hardman, president, Sika Canada.