Based on its recent analysis of the North America automotive adhesives and sealants market, Frost & Sullivan has recognized Sika Automotive with the 2018 North America Product Leadership Award for its best-in-class range of automotive adhesives. The extensive portfolio is comprised of SikaPower®, SikaSeal®, SikaDamp®, SikaBaffle®, SikaFlex®, and SikaReinforcer®, which provide increased vehicle stiffness, crash durability, acoustic comfortand improved fatigue performance, while also offering efficiency improvements in manufacturing process. Sika's portfolio also includes SikaForce®, SikaMelt®, SikaTherm®, SikaSense®, and Sikasil®, which help resolve a variety of assembly challenges. In addition to this spectrum of products, the company also offers outstanding value through its exceptional customer service. 

 

Sika's vast line of bonding, sealing, damping, and reinforcing products serve automotive OEMs and tier suppliers. Its application scope covers the installation of glass to vehicles, seam seals in the paint shop, crash, structural and assembly adhesives, reinforcement technologies, acoustic technology, dural and non-dural damping patches, additional adhesives and sealants for interior lamination, glass roof assembly, and tailgate bonding. 

 

"Sika's value-added innovations focused on addressing specific customer needs, such as comfort and safety, while reducing weight, improving fuel efficiency, and lowering emissions," said Soundarya Gowrishankar, Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "Its solutions for lightweighting can help achieve up to 40% weight reduction in the car body in white while saving 400,000 tons of steel each year through SikaPower® and SikaSeal®. Globally, nearly 25 million vehicles per year are lighter, stronger, and safer due to Sika's BIW products. Additionally more than 50% of vehicles manufactured each year use Sika products". 

 

The company's powerful adhesives in the extensive SikaPower® portfolio enable lighter weight, high-performance structures - including multi-material ones, helping to usher in the next generation of vehicle body architecture. As well, unique SikaSeal® lends its special performance properties to mastic and anti-flutter applications on lighter, thinner metals without bond line read-through - allowing for lightweighting without aesthetic sacrifice.   

 

The versatile Sikaflex® portfolio is ever-evolving and includes new products not only for glass bonding but also for general assembly. The diversification of the range is extensive and fulfills an ever changing field of requirements; ultra-high modulus materials for rigid bond lines and ultra-low modulus materials, providing bonding without read-through issues. 

 

Acknowledging the importance of vehicle safety, Sika launched and continues to innovate with its unrivaled, custom engineered systems that combine SikaReinforcer® heat-reactive material with proprietary SikaStructure® to reinforce vehicle body structures. It lowers noise vibration harshness, enhances local stiffness, and improves crash performance while enabling overall weight reduction and potentially saving 50,000 tons of steel annually.

 

Sika also strives to maximize comfort for vehicle users by blocking out noise using Its SikaBaffle®, a heat-reactive thermoplastic designed to seal body cavities, and damping tuned frequency vibrations with SikaDamp® to eliminate structure borne noise intrusion. 

 

"Sika's market and technology leadership is a result of aligning its remarkable capabilities and resources to provide competitive, tailored solutions that generate sustainable business value for its customers," noted Gowrishankar. "As the product range serves much deeper applications than vehicle assembly, Sika is well positioned to make the most of upcoming trends in the automotive industry."

 

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 the customer value enhancements it enables.

 

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. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

 

For more information about Sika's complete portfolio of technologies, visit:  https://automotive.sika.com/en/solutions_products/solution-finder.html