- 5.8% sales growth (5.3% in local currencies) to CHF 4 829 million

- Sales up 10.7% in emerging markets

- 31% increase in net profit to CHF 281 million

- High operating free cash flow of CHF 303 million (2011: CHF 186 million)

- Further investments in growth markets with new factories in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe

Sika International CEO Jan Jenisch reports: “Our employees delivered outstanding results in 2012, giving Sika a firm foundation for the future. We were able to fast-track our investments in growth markets and opened new factories and production lines in various emerging countries. Already accounting for 37% of our consolidated net sales and over 40% of our net profit, emerging market sales saw double-digit growth in 2012. The Sika growth model also functioned under the challenging economic conditions encountered in 2012. Thanks to the expertise and great commitment of our workforce, we are confident of achieving further growth in sales and net profit in 2013 as well.”

Technology leadership

Sika’s technology leadership is based on the continual development of new products yielding increased customer benefits. In 2012, Sika filed for 73 new patents and made 85 invention disclosures. Among the various products successfully launched was the new, fast-curing Sikalastic® waterproofing system for bridge decks. This reduces the time required for application and enables the renewal of large bridge areas without any major operational disruption. Another example is the new SikaProof® sheet membranes that prevent any lateral water underflow for fast, safe sealing of fresh concrete composites. In the adhesives and sealants market segment, Sika rolled out a number of new products based on i-Cure technology. As well as being odourless and solvent-free, these products also meet the strictest emissions standards and are quick and easy to apply.

The Annual Report and the presentation held at the media conference and analyst meeting covering business year 2012 can be retrieved at www.sika.com.