Sika has inaugurated a mortars and concrete admixtures plant in Vancouver. The new facility is the Group's fourth in Canada. It will supply the Pacific Northwest, a region that includes the major cities of Vancouver, Seattle and Portland. The new plant marks the continued execution of Sika's supply chain strategy in North America, the aim of which is to expand production capacities in conurbations and major cities.

18 production plants in North America

Christoph Ganz, Regional Manager North America: "Local production will be very beneficial to customers in the region by providing improved product availability, reduced lead times and faster deliveries. Moreover, eliminating the cost of shipping products from our Edmonton and Montreal plants and using locally sourced raw materials will enable us to optimize our cost structure."

The new facility in Vancouver includes a modular mortar plant and blending equipment for the production of a wide range of concrete admixtures. In addition to the production area, the new building also houses a quality control laboratory, a warehouse and office space for administrative and sales personnel.

This latest addition brings the number of Sika production sites in North America to 18, four of which are in Canada. As recently as December 2015 a state-of-the-art mortar production facility opened in Philadelphia to serve the rapidly expanding major cities on the East Coast of the USA.