Construction or repair of a factory or warehouse involves many critical decisions to ensure the business will run like a well-oiled machine. From location and size, to logistics and space-planning and finally to the construction materials which go into that space during building or repair - every decision is a careful one to ensure long term, uninterrupted operation of the facility. Sika supplies materials, systems and technical expertise for the largest and most complex factory construction or repair projects.

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Membrane manufacturing in Russia

Sika solutions make a positive contribution to the overall building
performance of all types of manufacturing facility projects, while also
potentially reducing construction and operating costs. With longstanding
experience in providing solutions to meet new build or renovation
industrial manufacturing project needs, Sika products and systems
fulfill a wide range of applications including: 

Industrial floors
Clean room specifications
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) specifications
Roofing systems
Admixtures for concrete
Concrete protection and repair
Passive fire protection
Technical support and onsite services

Solutions for Factories and Warehouses

Factory Repair

Factory repair and renovation work is usually left out during busy times when the facility is running at full production capacity. If the factory has reduced operations or is temporarily closed, this is the ideal time to do those repairs. Sika has a range of solutions for manufacturing facility and warehouse refurbishment project needs, including:

Damaged or leaking roofs
Damaged floors
Floor joints in need of noise or vibration mitigation
Damaged or spalling concrete
Other structures in need of repair

Applicators applying liquid applied membrane to corrugated metal roof in protective clothing

Floor Systems

Factory floors withstand a lot of wear and tear, from heavy machinery loads and mechanical distress or chemical spills. The choice of floor material is one of the most important specification decisions in factory design. Once the floor and all the equipment and machinery is in place, it is a large effort in the long term to replace or repair the floor and remove all equipment, thereby disrupting normal operations. Count on Sika flooring systems to achieve highly durable and resistant floors which will stand the test of time and use. In addition to systems, Sika provides expert specification support.

Sika's floor systems are especially suited for these unique design challenges:

High mechanical and chemical resistance
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection
Clean room areas
Wet or dry production areas
Slip-resistant floors
Heavy or light industrial manufacturing
Food and beverage factory requirements
Multipurpose areas - office, logistics, car parking garage and more

Industrial floor coating with Sikafloor resin cementitious flooring system in food facility
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Roof Systems

 A long-lasting, watertight roof is essential for the reliable operation and sustainability of a production plant, factory or warehouse. Rain, snow, hail, strong winds, intense sunlight and many other environmental factors can cause the roof to fail, resulting in leakage or damage which requires costly repairs or roofing replacement.

As the global leader for over 50 years, Sika produces durable, long-lasting Sarnafil® and Sikaplan® polymeric membranes, plus liquid-applied membranes and bituminous membranes that meet the specific needs and budgets of roofing for industrial facilities. Sika also provides expert specification support to help choose the most suitable roof for your project.

Roofing work at Fruit Packaging House of Frutinter Company

Concrete Stucture

Concrete structures and elements including the foundation, basement, walls, columns, beams and floor slabs form the main part of the overall building envelope. Sika’s solution includes concrete admixtures which increases performance factors of such concrete components, such as strength, workability, water-tightness and many other features. Sika experts also provide tailored solutions for architects to create special design effects when specifying concrete as a key visual design element in their projects.

Ferrocement construction works at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center

Below-Grade Structure

The design, detailing and material selection for foundation and below-ground structures of any industrial building is one of the most important steps during construction. If the wrong concrete mix or waterproofing systems are specified, the structure may not support the weight of the building and equipment inside or withstand local ground soil conditions.  

The ground-bearing areas need to be waterproofed and have properly designed concrete mix. The selection of the most appropriate waterproofing concept and system is dependent on many project-specific factors, so it is important to involve a qualified waterproofing specialist at the early stages of design. Sika has over 100 years of experience in providing such solutions - from design and detailing advice to material selection. Your local Sika technical service department can provide expert advice and proper solutions for large and small projects alike.

Waterproofing Membrane Basement

Facade and Building Envelope

Interior environments can only run perfectly when protected by a perfectly tight building envelope. The building shell and facade are crucial components to maintain proper air temperature inside the factory while protecting internal operations and equipment from humidity or weather conditions. Energy-efficiency requirements for exterior walls are becoming more stringent, strongly influencing building standards worldwide.

Sika has developed building envelope technologies and facade systems to help designers meet higher energy efficiency and environmental requirements, whilst ensuring safe, economical installation and reducing overall construction time. Sika works in close cooperation with leading facade designers and manufacturers using the latest material technologies. Whether concrete, mortar, glass or panels, Sika provides sound solutions for all types of facade construction.

Facade built with Sika envelope system

Structure Protection and Strengthening

The structure inside a warehouse or factory building may be exposed to heavy loads, moisture, chemicals or even worse, fires. Protecting this part of the building is a key investment to keep factory operations running smoothly. The steel structure needs to be protected against corrosion caused by environmental exposures, while also complying with stringent building regulations for fire protection.

For over 50 years, Sika has provided durable, reliable corrosion protection coatings on steel structures which comply with the latest national and international standards including ISO EN 12944 for steel corrosion protection. 

Steel Beam Corrosion Protection

Secondary Containment

Secondary containment areas are designed to contain oil, chemical or pollutant spills from primary containment tanks, in order to protect the soil and groundwater from pollution. Protective coating systems in these areas must fulfill two primary needs:

Firstly, the system must waterproof the structures to protect the soil and groundwater.
Secondly, as many of these chemical materials are also aggressive to the concrete and reinforcement steel that the structures are built from, the secondary containment structures themselves must also be protected in order to prevent any damage or loss of structural integrity.

Based on extensive experience, Sika has developed specialized epoxy and other resin based coating systems to waterproof and protect secondary containment structures, so that they can fulfill their function. Many of these Sika systems also have crack-bridging properties with chemical resistance that has been tested against various chemicals, in accordance with international standards.

Mortar tower of the new plant in Barranquilla, Colombia