By winning the 2º edition of Sika Academy Portugal, a national contest for architects and engineers, with a first prize of a stage at Sika, was the first achievement as an architect.
I started at Sika on 18 of February, and to the present date, this was the best school that i joined.
Sika for me is the practical and real school of construction. I visited a bunch of work sites and realized, that the architects need this kind of experience, to understand the meaning of chemical products for construction and solution that Sika has, through the continuous search to improve either the human conditions of habitability either the environment that we construct for a better future and sustainable.
Sika taught me well, now I have to spread the name Sika, to my own, family/friends/colleagues.
The truth? I have begun since the first day that I subscribed for the contest.
Thanks to all the staff for the support they gave me.
I arrived at SIKA Chile in April this year to join the R & D laboratory designated by the corporate as Technology Support Center (TSC) for natural raw materials and as regional support center for Latin America. In Chile, as probably as in other countries, chemist university training (even as PhD) isn´t focused on the industry, but on pure research. For this reason these last months have been a constant challenge and learning.
But not everything is working in life, I cannot but mention the great team (and professional of course) present in the R & D laboratory . I deeply appreciate your willingness and disposition making me feel “one more” from the first day.
Well, as you can see my experience at SIKA just starts and hope to continue for a long, long time…
I will write about my experiences gathered during the past 5 months in Sika Japan. The internship will be one year in total and started on the 1st march. At the end of my master thesis I asked Barbara Jucker, head of R&D Japan, about the possibilities of working in Japan. I was offered a choice of places to apply for and finally got the place in her department, doubling the amount of Swiss in Hiratsuka. Hey everyone,
The first 4 months I was working for the automotive department and developing/adjusting expansive rubber baffles, used for dampening vibration and isolating car chases. Apart from daily business work I was given my first formulation adjustment project. It was fascinating because it evolved directly around the real factory problematic. After that I worked on a feasibility study for the next generation product. It was very challenging since no one had done this type of work before. At the end of my 4 months, after finally getting a hang of the sampling and testing of this product, my time at automotive was already over
The social part of the work was on par with the rest. I was warmly welcomed by everyone and even got a slightly delayed welcome party. Fortunately, most of the R&D people are fluent in English which is not a matter of course in Japan. Apart from tourist places it is rather difficult to communicate with spoken language, but luckily the restaurants have plastic copies of their dishes, saving anyone from starvation. In April (the traditional beginning of the work/school year in Japan) five new freshmen, all around my age, joined Sika. Two of them came to the R&D department. Together we established the Friday night knock off gathering where we youngsters get together for food and drinks.
For now that’s all, next time I will add some photos and talk about my work in the concrete department
At the Kantonsschule Zug we have the opportunity to make a three-week internship at a company. I can do this internship at Sika in Baar, Switzerland.
Because I’m interested in chemistry I had the opportunity to go to Zurich and work for two days in the laboratory where Sika products get checked for their ingredients and quality.
In these two days I learned fascinating things. I really liked the work in the laboratory. To give an example what I’ve done there: To test the Sika products I had to find out, how big the concentration of different metals in the product is. Large parts of the work do machines.
You only have to give the sample to the machine and it delivers the results. But to show what the machine has done we did it without machines as well.
I found this work in the laboratory very interesting, also because I could work with apprentices who were the same age as me.
June 24th 2013 by Dang
Finally the Sika Experience trip in Vietnam had come to the end.
We’d like to say “Thank you” to all the participants and everyone who help us making this amazing trip succeeded.
6 students had spent 6 days with full of real-life experiences. They have learnt many real-life things that not only motivate them in the future jobs but also for their life .
Be sure to stay tuned with Sika Experience and sharing your experiences.
We went to Bac Ninh to visit Sika factory which is located here, and were guided by Mr. Tuan Anh
As I expected, although it is the last day of the agenda I still learn very interesting knowledge, about conductive floor, which is a really important part of an electronic manufacture. Mr. Lopez.
At the afternoon, we went to visit JW. Marriott in Tu Liem District of Hanoi, what an amazing project
Then, farewell dinner was held warmly and Sika experience has ended successfully. Thank you and goodbye.
Sika trip took us to VSIP industrial zone in Bac Ninh province, 45 minute traveling by car from Ha Noi. Just a close feeling to me because this is way to my hometown.
Sika’s factory were built and operated here for a few months with total area of 10000 square meters including office, labs,storages… products are liquid. the other products such as powder or epoxy are sent from Dong Nai, head quarter of Sika.
Lab in Sika Bac Ninh also have equipments for testing samples
we were introduced about the factory very carefully.
Then we were took to the Nokia factory project. This is a huge project of producing mobile but so sad that mostly it’s for exporting. In future it will become the main factory of Nokia in southeast asia. The security is very strict, for safety we wore helmet, special clothes and shoes.
we came inside to see how it is constructing. the workers here are mostly the locals and they also had enough safety equipment. The Sika staff shown us how to machines used for the specific purposes. Especially the dust system is very important one.
then we joined a presentation about flooring. it was about ESD products which is conductive. This kind of product were applied for the floors of the project for gas, vapor, electronic…
in a break time we spent time together for sharing and having fun.
In the afternoon, we visited JW Marriott, the 6 stars hotel is constructing near Kangnam building. The site is so big and i can imagine how luxury it will be. Sika now is providing for waterproofing, flooring. we got on the top of this building and had an amazing view. the scenery is more wonderfull thanks to Sika plant, i could see the grass has been growing well.
The time to say goodbye coming. the general deputy director Adam Sharp was here after the flight from Thailand. i really appreciated what people in Sika have done for us in the 6-day trip of full experiences and interesting things. In dinner we shared our experiences and received a lot of useful advice. I felt like i was just at the begging of this trip yesterday, time had passed me by, good bye Sika experience, i believe that this relationship will last for the rest of my life. thanks Sika for putting me in the trip, thanks friend for the funny moments togethers.
Today is such a sunny day! We have to wake up early for visit to Formusa Complex project. Quang Binh province in the morning is very romantic in the morning ! The wind from sea make me to feel comfortable. After having quickly breafast. we got on the car to go to Formusa project. it is project of Taiwan. they are long-standing partner of Sika Vietnam. I find it hard to image how big of this project. We met Mr. Peter Loh, he is branch technical manager of Sika and come from Singapo. He is a amazing person who can speak English, Chinese and Vietnamese. We got overall information of project from him. It was interesting to also know that Sika is the biggest admixture supplier with Formusa project. After that we had oppotunity to tour around the project site. Almost 11 am, the weather is very hot so we had lunch at hotel near the project site.
In the afternoon, we started to go to Ha Noi- Capital of Viet Nam. I can tell you that it is a long journey with approximately 400 km from Ha Tinh to Ha Noi. We arrived at 10 pm. the day was ended by walking in Hanoi streets. We still have long trip tomorrow so that time to say goognight!
Hanoi. I am here!
Today , Sika experience 2013 is the sixth day. From Deo Ngang, we went to the Formosa Industry which is the biggest foreign investment in Vietnam.Mr.Peter – a brach technical manager of Sika Da nang branch who is very fun to take us to visit the Formosa site
Firstly, we visited the mix concrete plant that provide concrete for Formosa. All of plant are clearly checked before it were made in construction. The sika provided concrete admixture for its.
Secondary, we continued to the our strip with returning Hanoi . I am very tired when we moved to with more than 400km. We came Hanoi about night and we visited the famous places which around our hotel such as Guom lake, night market , main church…
Finally , we returned to hotel to relax and prepare for the final day of Sika Experience 2013.
See you again
A new day began visiting the Sika branch in Da Nang city. We were communicated with Mr.Man who is central branch manager. He shared many useful information about the process of developing of their branch that is one of the biggest distributing admixture of central area.
After we continued going to the bridge which overcome Han river. That is very interesting when i saw the famous bridge of Viet Nam such as Dragon bridge, Tran Thi Ly bridge, Han bridge, Thuan Phuoc bridge….Specially , Dragon bridge is the symbol of Da Nang city and Sika Vietnam provided 100% concrete admixture for it.
Moving Da Nang city, we went to Ha Tinh province.In the first time, we came to central area so that we are very tired because it is very hot. That was really long destination but i am very happy when we acrossed many famous place such as Hien Luong ferry , Hai Van tunnel, Deo Ngang tunnel…….And we were introduce about contributing to build Hai Van tunnel by Sika product such as shortcrete , PVC membranes,……
Finally , we also stoped to relax at Deo Ngang to prepare to visited Formosa Industry which is the big project with many construction used the Sika product.
See you again tomorrow in Hanoi