Grand cel­e­bra­tions mark 20 years of Sika Ara­bia in GCC

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Sika Ara­bia, a joint ven­ture with Saudi Su­mam Chem­i­cals, held a gala din­ner to cel­e­brate 20 years of suc­cess es­tab­lished across the GCC coun­tries on Fri­day, 21 Oc­to­ber 2016 at Art Rotana, Bahrain. The din­ner also hon­ored 27 em­ploy­ees who had ded­i­cated 15 years or more of ser­vice to the com­pany.

The din­ner was at­tended by Eti­enne Thevoz, Swiss Am­bas­sador to Qatar and Bahrain and Paul Haelg, Group Chair­man and Ab­dul­laziz Zaidan, Sika Ara­bia Chair­man and other distin­guished guests from the con­struc­tion in­dus­try. More than 150 guests were present at the event.

Speak­ing at the event, Ashraf Wahib, Area Man­ager GCC, said, “Over the past 20 years, Sika Ara­bia has es­tab­lished it­self as an in­dus­try leader in spe­cialty chem­i­cal prod­ucts and in­dus­trial con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als. To­day, we are cel­e­brat­ing a key mile­stone for Sika Ara­bia in the GCC, as the largest pro­ducer of con­struc­tion chem­i­cals across the Mid­dle East and Africa. Our strat­egy for the next five years is to dou­ble our turnover both by ac­cel­er­at­ing or­ganic growth and through ac­qui­si­tions. We are con­fi­dent, that our ex­cel­lent net­work with a strong sup­ply chain pres­ence in the re­gion will en­able us to achieve our vi­sion and sat­isfy the grow­ing de­mands of our cus­tomers.”

“On be­half of our Board of Di­rec­tors and the man­age­ment team, I would like to thank all our em­ploy­ees, whose re­mark­able con­tri­bu­tions have made it pos­si­ble to achieve our stated mis­sion, vi­sion and val­ues. At Sika, our em­ploy­ees are our great­est as­set, and we are proud of our long-term em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies who were hon­ored tonight for their com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to the suc­cess of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, and we look for­ward to work­ing with them for many more years to come.”

Sika Ara­bia, has a highly skilled, in­no­va­tive and di­verse work­force. More than 40 per cent of its em­ploy­ees are lo­cal na­tion­als, with a num­ber of them hold­ing key po­si­tions, and con­tribut­ing ef­fi­ciently to the ro­bust and dy­namic growth of the busi­ness.

Sika Ara­bia con­tin­ues to bol­ster its in­vest­ments in tech­nol­ogy and pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties within the GCC. Cur­rently, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has three fac­to­ries in Rabigh, Saudi Ara­bia, Dubai, UAE and in Manama, Bahrain, with two ad­di­tional plants in the pipe­line.

Sika ex­panded its po­si­tion in the Mid­dle East by es­tab­lish­ing a new na­tional sub­sidiary in Kuwait in 2016. The cre­ation of this 94th sub­sidiary world­wide marks a fur­ther step for­ward in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Sika’s growth strat­egy, which aims to ex­pand the Group’s in­ter­na­tional pres­ence to 100 na­tional sub­sidiaries by 2018.

Kuwait’s con­struc­tion mar­ket is set to grow at a tremen­dous pace, with in­vest­ments of just un­der US$ 30 bil­lion in the fo­cus ar­eas of real es­tate and in­fra­struc­ture. Key con­struc­tion projects at na­tional level in­clude an air­port ex­ten­sion and up­grade of the metropoli­tan trans­porta­tion net­work, which alone ac­count for a to­tal in­vest­ment of $ 13 bil­lion.

Sika Kuwait is per­fectly po­si­tioned to sup­ply high qual­ity con­crete ad­mix­tures and re­fur­bish­ment prod­ucts di­rectly to cus­tomers in Kuwait and to ben­e­fit from the coun­try’s boom­ing con­struc­tion mar­ket. Its prod­ucts are al­ready be­ing used in the con­struc­tion of a new univer­sity and sev­eral road build­ing projects.

L-R: Dr Paul Haelg, Miss Layla Ab­bas, Maria Theresa, Ashraf Wahib.

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