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Swiss chemical maker installs plant in Ethiopia

Swiss chemical maker installs plant in Ethiopia

Headquartered in Switzerland, Sika AG, Construction chemical maker which joined the Ethiopian manufacturing sector two years ago is set to inaugurate its manufacturing plant here today.

According to a presser Sika Abyssinia Chemicals Manufacturing Plc, a subsidiary of Swiss Group Sika AG in Ethiopia, sent to The Reporter the company will commence productions of admixtures, waterproofing, sealing and bonding, refurbishment, flooring and roofing categories of construction chemicals.

Located at the Alemgena town of Welete locality, in the Oromia Regional State, Sika Abyssinia has built a plant that rests at a 6,500 plot of land.

Established in 2015 in Ethiopia, Sika Abyssinia for years has been supplying construction materials to the Ethiopian market.

Considering the potentials of the construction industry, Petrisor Grinsenau, general manager of Sika AG, said that the manufacturer is set to further expand its production into roofing liquid applied membranes, hydrophobics, waterproofing mortars, tile adhesives, grouts and dry shakes, next year. Currently, the new plant with ranges of admixtures products such as accelerator, retarder, water reducers, plasticizer and the like have already been streamed in the production line.  

Founded 100 years ago as a specialized Swiss chemical maker, Sika AG has been able to operate 18 subsidiaries in Africa, in addition to the Sika Abyssinia Group. Present in 99 countries globally, the conglomerate created some 17,000 jobs and was able to generate annual revenues of USD 5.78 billion last year.