03 June 2019

much infrastructure work in the rich Gulf state of Qatar, Swiss chemicals giant
Sika has begun producing concrete admixtures in its capital, Doha.

The move comes amid an ongoing blockade
of Qatar by its neighbours Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Sika set up a national subsidiary there
in 2012.

Ivo Schädler, EMEA Regional Manager said: “The optimisation of our supply chain
will enable us to play an even greater role in major construction projects in

Having our own production capacities
available locally makes it possible for us to lower transportation costs and
enhance proximity to customers.”

As well as stadiums and infrastructure
for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Sika said Qatar is expanding its transport and
energy infrastructures with roads, ports, railroads, and power plants.

One important major project is the Doha
Metro, a rapid transport system linking the capital with its suburbs. The gas
sector is also attracting large-scale investment.

Average annual growth of more than 9% is forecast for Qatar’s construction industry until 2023.

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