Sika’s new œ2.5million research and development facility has been opened by HRH the Duke of Kent in an official ceremony to mark the occasion.
Following the acquisition of Liquid Plastics and Incorez in 2009, Sika has continued to invest in the development of technologically advanced liquid roofing membranes and new developments in its product technologies, such as the low solvent iCure range. From the new site in Preston, Sika will now export these products all over the world.
Jan Jenisch, chief executive of Sika, said: “Our aim is to develop a center of excellence in liquid roofing at our new R&D Centre in the UK. We recognise the expertise we have in this area and we are excited to develop and nurture that talent to the benefit of our Sika subsidiaries and customers across the globe.”
Construction work on the new research and development centre began a year ago on the site of an existing 100-year old warehouse. The new site is twice as large as the previous structure, covering more than 1,000m2, and will focus on 30 Sika products, including the roof waterproofing and internal floor coatings.
During the official opening, Sika was joined by Prince Edward alongside the Mayor and Mayoress of Preston. His Royal Highness was given a guided tour of the facility where he could see the Sika chemists in action and learn more about the work that takes place in Preston.