Sika invests in macro fibres

Sika has increased production capacities for macro fibres at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, thus extending a product line of strategic importance for Region Americas.

Sika already has a strong presence in the mining industry in Latin America and Canada, which was significantly expanded through the acquisition of King Packaged Materials Company in 2019. Building on this foundation, the recent acquisition of Thiessen Team USA has further solidified Sika’s position in the American mining sector. Image source: Andrey Popov -AdobeStock (symbol image).

According to company information, synthetic macro fibres are based on an innovative technology for the constructive and static reinforcement of concrete construction. The macro fibers are cost-efficient and construction times are shortened given that no assembly of conventional reinforcement structures is required, and they significantly enhance the properties of cured concrete, surpassing traditional steel reinforcement. In addition, the technology allows the concrete structures’ lifespan to be considerably extended compared with steel reinforcing.

Growing demand

Christoph Ganz, Regional Manager Americas: “The United States is experiencing a booming trend in the construction of new industrial and sustainable production facilities, including gigafactories and data centers. This surge in construction is driving a high demand for macro fibres, which are used in manufacturing of abrasion-resistant slabs and industrial flooring. On top of this, there is growing demand for macro fibres in the US, Canada, and Latin America in shotcrete applications to stabilise excavations in tunneling and mining.”

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