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Sika Expands Production, Preps for Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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Swiss chemicals company Sika recently announced that it has launched production of shotcrete admixtures at its main plant at Gournay-en-Bray, northwest of Paris.

The product is primarily used in tunnel construction, which according to Sika, is a prime location to be producing the shotcrete admixture, as the market potential in France reveals that tenders have been issued for tunnel construction projects with a combined length of 900 kilometers (roughly 559 miles).

The projects are expected to kick off over the next few years.

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Swiss chemicals company Sika recently announced that it has launched production of shotcrete admixtures at its main plant at Gournay-en-Bray, north west of Paris.

Also reported in the company’s press release, Europe alone is currently planning infrastructure investment programs worth some CHF 750 billion ($823.6 billion), with tunnel construction included in these programs as well.

“The infrastructure construction market is generally characterized by a high level of resilience in crises,” said Ivo Schaedler, Regional Manager EMEA. “Even in 2020 capital spending remains strong. With the commissioning of the new facilities at the Gournay-en-Bray plant, our aim is to tap into business potential in France and in north and western Europe and facilitate challenging shotcrete work in mining and tunneling projects with our specialty products. At the same time, we are strengthening our supply chain and competitiveness thanks to a sizeable reduction in logistics costs."

Sika adds that while COVID-19 has sparked a contraction in France's construction sector this year, the industry expects to recover in 2021, with growth of more than 4%, primarily driven by a government stimulus program worth the equivalent of an estimated CHF 105 billion.

The program plans to include investment in the country's rail infrastructure and in extensive building renovations.

   

Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Business management; Business matters; Business operations; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management; shotcrete; Sika; Z-Continents

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