And the Sika experience for 2013 has ended. What a great opportunity it has been to attend on such program. Not only did we learn a great deal about Sika’s Business processes and product range in China and Australia, but we developed great friendships with people from across the world. It was a pleasure spending time with the chinese student in completing such program.
In completing such experience my knowledge of what Sika does has broadened greatly. I have developed a great understanding of Sika’s product range and hope to personally utilise them in future endevours i wish to pursue.
I would like to thank the Sika Managment Team for allowing such program to occur as it has been a life thrilling experience.
Today we headed off to explore business activities carried out by Sika Shanghai !!
After an official welcome by management of the Shanghai office, we were introduced to weather proofing products offered by the organisation. It was very interesting to see a demo of the single -ply roofing membrane as explained by Ge Zhao. Through facilitating his explanations with models illustrating application of the product, i was able to gain a detailed understanding of the product range. My understanding was further enhanced by visiting Hongqiao Airport, were the roof structure of such facility was weatherproofed with the use of Sika products. It was a great experience to be able to view a real life application of the product.
My understanding of application of the water proofing membrane was further enhanced by participating in the welding demo. Such demo helped me understand the construction process utilised on site in installing such waterproofing membrane. I came to appreciate the importance of training required to achieve good construction practice in the installation process of membranes. First hand experience associated with welding the waterproofing membranes proved to be a task that requires a reasonably high level of skill. My personal attempt in welding was a very exciting experience !!
Really looking forward to spending our last day in Shanghai tomorrow, before we head back to Sydney !!
A bit more than a year ago I was looking up the Matterhorn, Switzerland with great bliss. All of a sudden I’d been selected as a participant of the Sika Solar Experience, which consisted in visiting PV solar energy-related facilities throughout Germany, Italy and Switzerland, along with amazing leisure activities organized by the folks at Sika. As you can imagine, together with the other three participants from around the world we had a blast and learnt a lot from Sika and their contribution to the development of renewable energies, such as solar. Definitely an unforgettable experience!
But time flies by, and a lot has changed in a year. I finished my masters, started teaching at the Computer Science department of one of the top universities in Chile (my home country) and founded my own company. Although solar energy is not my core knowledge, I’ve always found the way to converge around such a powerful technology. For example, in our company we are using solar panels to power several hardware, such as remote measurement stations and irrigation systems. We are designing innovative power meters for grid integration of residential solar energy generation. Sika adhesives are also playing a role: most of the bonding products we are using are from Sika. So ever since, that trip has always been a part of me.
Looking back, I realize that the Sika Experience trip influenced me in a personal and professional level. But my biggest takeaway is the fact that we are all called upon making an impact in this world, specially towards our planet needs.
Jose L. Honorato, Chile
Sika Solar Experience participant, September 2010
The trip is something I think I will cherish and reminsice for the rest of my life. The people I met especially Silvia, Kathrin, Salvatore and Tugba are people I fondly remember.
Weirdly enough I bumped into Salvatore in Zurich near a tram stop close to the Sika office. Since last year a lot has happened, and I ended up doing a climate summer school once again. And the stuff I was exposed to last year proved to be invaluable.
I would like to just end by saying that the Sika experience is one of those “One in a lifetime things” . And I fell really lucky and honoured that I could be a part of it.
Just a few photos to capture a bit of the fun :)
July 5th 2011 by Alberto
It has been more than a year that I did my Sika Experience at the Gotthard Tunnel and this has been a wonderful experience for the places I have seen, for the people I have met and for the incredible human construction I have seen. I have been taken thousands of pictures during my trip but one in particular was my favorite that’s why I decide to participate with it in a photo contest for the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE). As a results I passed the first selection and I am one of the 31 pictures that were selected for public voting (in order to assign the first three positions) among 762 pictures that were submitted in the contest. That’s why I would like to share with you all this important achievement because the Sika Experience enriched my life and I believe this picture is a good way to represent what I have experienced during my Sika Tour: unbelievable underground structures thanks to the work of amazing people and very hard workers.
So if you want to vote for my picture go to this website:
and login for voting (you can give a maximum of 3 votes from 1 to 3 (with 3 for the maximum valuable picture))….
I hope to post here again to celebrate the success of the picture,
Enjoy the vision,
A year on from Sika
It is just over a year ago since I was fortunate to spend 11 day jet setting around Europe as part of Sika 100 year anniversary. While in Europe I was privileged to visit many informative sites such as Vestas, LM and Enercon as well as Sika’s many diverse and interesting facilities .
The whole trip felt like I was living one big dream, as I went from finishing my exam to traveling with Sika then moving to Canada in the space of one month. When I finally sat down and actually thought about what I had experienced in that time I was gob smacked. From working with different companies over the years I never learnt as much as I did with Sika in such a short time. To be around people who treated us as if we were the CEO of some major corporation was amazing. I’m a very curious engineer and I was provided with ample opportunities to ask as many question as I liked from many influential people. The real celebrities to me are the Louis Schnellers, Turbon Pearson, Martin Linenbrink etc of the Sika world. It was also amazing to meet two fantastic friends such as Prashant and Pabalo who in time I will meet again. Cheer lads for making the trip special
While on tour with Sika I was encouraged by the commitment and dedication of the staff to their work and their sense of pride in their company which I would suggest assisted them in achieving company goals.
The pleasantness and helpfulness of the staff was further demonstrated when I had the pleasure of meeting Frank Iaquinta Business unit manager in Sika Canada and talking to Mike Hardman the President of Sika Canada who gave me an over view of the Canadian operation which I found to be very impressive and informative. They were also more then helpful in the copious amount of helpful advise they offered me on my career
While in Canada I have had a bit of a rollercoaster ride I have worked in such random careers as a tour guide. I also worked at water proofing for a few months using SikaTop® Seal 107 CA which my boss at the time said he would use over any other product. Then when my girlfriend moved over we both decide we would move to Edmonton Alberta. The first morning there I was greeted with temperatures of minus 40 degrees,it was quite a shock but thankfully I received a job as an engineer with Enershield, a leader in air curtains whose sole purpose is to protect the likes of us from the cold outside..
But most of all, I thank Sika for giving me a lot of confidence in my self especially as a young student starting out, and I welcome and embrace the challenging that I face as a budding and inspiring engineer. I wish Sika the best in the future and I wish everybody involved in that trip a fantastic time in their chosen paths. I hope to here about how everybody is getting on in there chosen I do enjoy reading the blogs it an insight into different parts of the world.
I just saw two posts by my last year’s Sika Experience mates Sompol and Yaobo.
It has been an year to our experience trips, surely time fly’s fast but the memory of the experience still remains afresh. A big Hi :) to Garry and Pablo too, hope you guys are doing gr8 where ever you are right now and to everybody from Sika! I am in my last month of graduation and soon will become a big graduate(a Master!!)! Sometime after the Sika experience I presented my first paper and that too in Japan giving me a great opportunity to see the beautiful and extremely different country. I also stopped in Thailand where I met Sompol and he showed me around in Bangkok. Thanks Sompol, it was fun meeting you :)
My last one year involved working with my professor and others to machine and polish synthetic sapphires which involved a lot of analyzing, communicating, delegating and the part which I like the most, building machines. We optimized the machining process and built a sound polishing machine. Sapphires are hard and wear less than steels so potentially can replace steels from many places.
In the last year I have realized the importance of communication, building reliable relationships, seeing the bigger picture and liking what you do. The experiences of my last year including the Sika experience and my project had been the reason for it.
End of college brings with it a new life, firstly it means that I can keep a motorized vehicle as they are banned inside my college. I will be professionally working for the first time and also looking to starting something with my professors. Soon, rather than core engineering I will move into project management.
I will again share this pic, it was the first pic of my last year’s blog, as I like it very much
And lastly a picture of myself with a tie :P
All the best to Sika and to all the new internship earners… Make the most of your opportunity.
Auf Wiedersehen, Tschuss, b-bye…
This is my first blog of the year 2011 :-)
One year has passed but I still remember all we have done in the Sika Mobility program. That was my first time in Europe and it is in Zurich, the 1st. I got a new friend from China and met a team of Sika Automotive, BMW, Peugeot & Citroen.
I am always happy and release a little smile when thinking about the time I enjoyed the program ;-) … until now, blogging. I miss the places & people.
After the program, I had a chance to present my trip at Sika Thailand and was invited to join the 100Yrs anniversary of Sika in Thailand. I backed to my work, did my research. It was about the bicycle control, to make it stands upright every instants by the Piecewise Affine Control method. Although it has not been implemented in the real bicycle, it works well in the Simulation. And this work was considered as the best paper award in the ECTI conference this May, Yeh! :D.
During the Master program, I also join the Service robot joint-project for the restaurant as a project coordinator. The final masterpiece is nearly to be issued. I love the robot and plan to start the robot company in the future.
Now, I still serve as a coordinator of service robot project, finalizes one more paper for the next September in Japan, and looks for the place where I can develop my social skill and practice applying my technical knowledge for the near future.
Experience in Sika is worth. It influences the ways I think and commit to be better and better. I see the difference, make the comparison, and conclude the result. This always happens when we experience the different culture, system, or environment. This year, the program is not limited to the science & engineering candidates and spread outside Europe; Chile, India, Dubai,… really interesting. I hope you are the lucky winner of this year program! ^__^
It is until several weeks ago when I received a email from dear Daniela – our coordinator of Sika experience “Automotive” 2010, that I suddenly realized it has been already one year since we had this exciting experience in two weeks of May in 2010 ! How time flies, and every time when I tried to remind those pleasure moments, I could see them there, vividly. During that period, with another winner all the way from Thailand – dear Sompol, I got to know lots of kind colleagues, traveled to different beautiful places and of course learned the fascinating technology of advanced foaming materials and universal adhesives. I still remember the unforgettable dinner we had together in the most famous restaurant in Munich – Hofbräuhaus, it is the most delicious and also the biggest pork knuckle that I have ever had; during the first several days in widen, we were very lucky to had the chance to make our own sandwich prototype all by ourselves, and it got even more interesting when the material was heated up in the oven while you could see the expansion process clearly; we were so surprised in the BMW factory in Munich by the splendid view of hundreds of highly automatically robots working under one roof; we climbed up on the Titlis mountain though heavy fog was surrounding us making everyone feel lost in a white world; we had been Paris for a weekend, we had been Zurich for the city night tour… There are countless precious memories which I could not tell about one by one. Such a wonderful experience is truly a big treasure that I would cherish in my whole life.
Starting from this activity, I have been knowing more and more about Sika and we have been keeping touch with each other since then. Just half of year ago, I was again very lucky to obtain an internship in Sika research department in Zurich on the topic of foaming materials. The job was interesting and I had so much fun working with those very nice colleagues. I learned a lot from them, not only on the technical knowledge but also on the cultural aspect, plus a little bit Swiss German as well :-b. The internship was about 4 months and then I was back to school for the studies. Now I am already doing the diploma project of my Master program, and the choice of the topic was also inspired by the research work done in Sika during the internship.
I am sincerely happy to learn that Sika experience 2011 is currently going on, and that there will be even more new breathtaking programs ready for young talents from everywhere in the world. I truly hope that such a mutual beneficial opportunities could be created every year and that those brilliant youths who were luckily invited will greatly enjoy such a valuable experience !
Working in the chemistry laboratory in Sika Technology in Zurich
Geoff du Toit, from CapeTown, South Africa, was our winner of the essay-contest during our last year’s Sika Experience series. We announced our selection last November in a blog at Sika Experience. Geoff received as reward a book voucher and he could nominate a sustainable project where Sika would donate $ 10’000.-. Geoff decided to support a local organization called “Ikamva Labantu” (the Future of our Nation). Their objective is to protect and nurture the most vulnerable members of the community.
With our donation we helped to build an additional multipurpose hall. These halls are used to fulfill the programs of the organization. Such as:
- Education and skills development
- Health interventions at the primary level
- Food security
- Community infrastructure, including securing land and building
Geoff will inform us about further developments of this project as he is following up for us the progresses.
Do you have also such activities in your country? Please inform us.