Sika, a Swiss construction chemical manufacturing company, expanded the footprints by inaugurating its manufacturing plant in Sundar Industrial Area Lahore. The announcement was made at a press conference held at the Avari Hotel on 3rd November 2017.
The fully automated manufacturing facility in Pakistan’s first ever LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified construction chemical plant. LEED is an International rating system for buildings which evaluates environmental performance and award points across several areas that address sustainability.
The factory will produce mortars and liquid products of construction chemicals locally. Local production will bring quality products more closely to their customers and contribute to the economy of Pakistan by decreasing imports.
The factory will be resource efficient as it will save 20% energy, 50% water efficiency and 30% better Indoor Air quality in comparison to any other industrial facility in Pakistan. Sika Pakistan will create 150 jobs directly and 1000 jobs indirectly by 2020.
While speaking on the occasion, Swiss Ambassador, H.E. Thomas Kolly said:
“Switzerland and Pakistan have a good positive relationship; we are very happy to have strong economic ties with Pakistan.
“Sika’s new manufacturing facility is another remarkable step towards strengthening further the bilateral trade relations between the two countries and I am confident that this relationship will continue to flourish in the future.”
Miljan Gutovic, Head of Sika Middle East while addressing the audience said:
“We encourage foreign direct investment; Sika Pakistan is the proof of good relationship with Pakistan. We are happy to announce a new plant in Pakistan. With the launch of this plant, Sika’s intended to provide custom-made products for our valued customers in Pakistan.”
Naveed Chaudhary, CEO/GM Sika, on this occasion said:
“I am very happy, today we have opened our new plant. We want sika to come close to the consumer due to its quality and expanded footprint. We are eager to expand in Pakistan with product diversity.”
The press conference was followed by the launch event which was attended by the government officials, top businessmen, and architects of the country. The night ended with a musical performance by Sajjad Ali.