Sika: Swiss Technology Award 2019
Sika has won the Swiss Technology Award 2019 in the "Innovation Leaders" category. The company received the award for its new adhesive technology used in lightweight construction in the field of transportation. The prize was awarded on 21 November 2019 at the Swiss Innovation Forum in Basel in the presence of 1,000 decision-makers in business, politics, science and the media.
Over 100 companies competed for Switzerland’s most important technology prize, which is awarded annually by the Swiss Innovation Forum. Sika was recognised by the jury for its innovative strength and was awarded the prize for its latest innovation: SikaForce Powerflex, a two-component polyurethane adhesive technology that combines the characteristics of elastic and high-strength structural adhesives in a single product. According to Sika, the product was developed to meet the requirements of lightweight construction in the field of transportation. One advantage of the adhesive is that it enables manufacturers of cars, rail vehicles, buses and trucks to implement new, lighter, less polluting vehicle concepts while maintaining body rigidity, good elasticity – and thus ideal mechanical characteristics. The mixed materials used in production and bonded with SikaForce permit a reduction in vehicle weight, thus reducing energy consumption and harmful emissions, said the company.
Frank Höfflin, Sika’s Chief Technology Officer: “It is a great honour for us to receive the coveted Swiss Technology Award, which demonstrates Sika’s innovative strength once again. Our aim is to offer customers solutions with added value. With our prize-winning SikaForce Powerflex adhesive technology, we not only support faster assembly processes, but also make a major contribution to meeting the challenges of the future – enabling lightweight construction, and thus contributing to environmental friendliness in the transportation field.”
The adhesive features “curing by design” technology. This fast-working curing technology can be triggered virtually at the touch of a button and reduces the assembly time by up to 50 %. OEMs and other users can thus make their production processes much faster and more efficient.
In the context of the Swiss Technology Award every year, prizes are awarded to outstanding technology-based innovations and developments from start-ups, universities and universities of applies sciences, and established companies. This award is the most important distinction for innovation and technology transfer in Switzerland. Adopted by the Swiss Economic Forum AG in 2007, the Swiss Technology Award was presented for the 31st time at the Swiss Innovation Forum 2019.