Accolades for SikaPower, SikeSeal

By on August 15, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS

Frost & Sullivan presented Sika Automotive with the 2018 European Product Leadership Award for its flagship adhesives, SikaPower® and SikaSeal®. These two market-leading body-shop adhesives improve automobiles’ stiffness, crash durability and fatigue performance, thereby reducing vehicle weight and increasing safety levels.

“Sika’s Body Shop Adhesive products enable lighter-weight vehicle body construction, leading to higher fuel efficiency and other performance benefits including better use of functional systems like engine and braking systems,” said Dr. Leonidas Dokos, Frost & Sullivan vice president. “Sika products help automakers achieve up to 20-percent weight reduction in the vehicle Body-in-White— which can translate to 150 kilograms [330 pounds] per car.”

Sika’s best-in-class, epoxy-based SikaPower adhesives are bulk hybrids that cure by the temperature in an electro-coat oven. The SikaPower product portfolio includes crash durable, structural and e-coatable adhesives that are available with or without glass spheres needed to keep a bond-line distance between two metal sheets. The adhesives are extremely age resistant and durable, with out-

standing mechanical and processing properties, and join multi-material substrates.

SikaSeal products have special performance properties that prevent bond-line read-through and are mainly used for mastic and anti-flutter applications. Due to the special performance properties, thinner metals can be used with the products, which result in additional weight savings.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that develops a product with innovative features and functionality that is gaining rapid market acceptance. The award recognizes the solution’s quality and its customer value enhancements.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development.