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Clare Goldsberry

April 6, 2016

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Sika Global Automotive completes plant expansion in Missouri

Sika Global Automotive announced the completion and opening of a 40,000-square-foot expansion at its Grandview, MO, manufacturing facility. Additional space will allow more efficient supply base and logistics operations as well as enable the further addition of new technologies.

The expansion includes sustainability initiatives including motion-controlled lighting and stable, climate-controlled environments for material handling. A wire-guided pick-and-place system and associated equipment has been added for more efficient material management, and to take advantage of maximum density space utilization.

“Expansion of facilities is in line with our strategy to enable efficient supply to our valued customers, supporting their lightweighting needs,” said Dave Jones, Head of Sika Global Automotive. “Further actions are in process to expand the Sika Automotive footprint, strengthening our local supply throughout all regions and supporting our customers’ global demands.”

Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development of systems and products for bonding, sealing, clamping, reinforcing and protecting in the building and automotive sectors. The company develops and produces high-performance acoustic, bonding, reinforcing and sealing systems that contribute to lighter, stronger, safer, quieter, greener and more sustainable approaches to vehicle assembly. Sika Automotive provides automotive manufacturers and suppliers with proven materials and application engineering and validation expertise to enhance interior sound quality, improve occupant comfort and to increase structural and safety performance in vehicles worldwide.

Some of the company’s products include the SikaBaffle heat-reactive thermoplastic (molded or extruded) or elastomeric (extruded) parts designed to seal an automotive body cavity. SikaBaffle products have been developed with a variety of volumetric expansion properties to ensure even complex body cavities can be sealed to meet OEM design parameters. The company’s injection molded SikaBaffle is based on a lightweight carrier and high-expansion thermoplastic material that can be designed into a 3D shape for virtually any cavity geometry. SikaBaffle extruded parts are based on a lightweight co-extrusion of an expandable sealant with a self-adhesive layer. 

Sika Automotive was a recipient of the 2015 Automotive News PACE Award for mixed material bonding technology and Best Practices Award in Body Shop Adhesives from Frost and Sullivan. Sika has subsidiaries in 92 countries around the world and manufactures in over 170 factories. The company employs approximately 17,000 people.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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