Specialty-chemicals manufacturer Sika opens a new manufacturing facility in Querétaro in central Mexico.
The factory, which includes an integrated logistics center, will manufacture and locally supply Sika’s full range of acoustic treatments and body structural products for the growing number of OEM assembly and component makers located in the country.
The Mexican subsidiary of Faist ChemTec, acquired by Sika in early 2018, also will be integrated into the new facility.
“Our location in Querétaro is strategically located in the middle of the customer network we support in Mexico,” Thomas Hasler, head of global business and industry at Sika, says in a news release. “This means we are close to the many vehicle and component manufacturing facilities already established in Mexico, as well as the new plants coming on line.”
Sika says its SikaBaffle, SikaDamp and SikaReinforcer technologies are used in the vehicle-assembly process for acoustic sealing and damping applications to reduce airborne and structure-borne noise levels in vehicles, and to structurally reinforce vehicle body shells and components for enhanced crash durability.
More than 50 million vehicles produced worldwide use Sika’s adhesives, reinforcer systems and acoustic treatments, the company says.