The Business Year

Ziad Atik

Managing Director, KIMMCO-ISOVER

Eslam Bisar

General Manager, Sika Kuwait

In line with growing trends, these construction materials companies continue to develop innovative and environmentally friendly solutions without compromising on safety or comfort.
What gives KIMMCO-ISOVER the competitive edge, and how does it reinforce its position in the market?

ZIAD ATIK With a 45-year track record in manufacturing, technology, and supply of insulating materials and solutions in the Gulf region, Levant countries, Africa, and Asia, KIMMCO-ISOVER brings global experience in manufacturing and serving humanity. We bring the best to the industry by being part of Saint-Gobain Group, the 350-year-old world leader in the sustainable habitat and construction market, and Al Ghanim Industries Group, one of the largest conglomerates in the region with 100 years of ongoing success. When it comes to our priorities, safety comes first. We never compromise on the safety of our products and strive to be ahead regulatory stipulations. Aside from their best-in-class thermal and acoustic performance, our products and systems made of mineral wools are incombustible, do not fuel fire, or propagate flames. Moreover, our new technologies contribute to better indoor air quality, as they do not emit volatile organic compounds for the wellness of our end customers. Moreover, as the global leader in insulation solutions, KIMMCO-ISOVER can rely on a strong network of 10,000 people in over 30 countries supported by 50 production sites and competence centers to benefit from the last innovations in insulation.

What is the nature of Sika’s presence in Kuwait?

ESLAM BISAR Sika is a Swiss brand founded in 1910 and headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, Sika has subsidiaries in 101 countries around the world and manufactures in over 300 factories. Its more than 27,000 employees generated annual sales of CHF9.3 billion in 2021. Sika is the largest construction chemical company in the world. Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing, and protecting in the building sector and motor vehicle industry. We officially started business in Kuwait in 2014. Our aim for the coming five years is to become the market leader. We have factories in most of the Gulf countries to serve Kuwait market. When it comes to our involvement in Kuwait, we had been part of the top mega and infrastructure projects. As our products cover the majority of needs in terms of the construction and infrastructure sector, we are here to stay and will only grow our presence over the years to come.

What is the company doing to leverage its growth in the region?

ZA The R&D teams of KIMMCO-ISOVER are tasked with anticipating the skills necessary for the future and exploring new technological fields. Thanks to these skills and programs, the R&D teams actively support the digital strategy of KIMMCO-ISOVER through, for example, Industry 4.0 initiatives in order to improve industrial performance or data analysis topics to offer the best quality service to our clients. We are involved in digital design in construction, which is a major trend in the industry. Players now have an integrated vision of the building at all stages of its lifecycle, which makes it possible to detect potential design flaws and deliver more sustainable construction. As these aspects matter deeply for KIMMCO-ISOVER, we continue to promote awareness and training teams in R&D and the importance of eco-innovation. During the entire course of the project, we consider the development of new sustainable solutions and improvements to existing solutions in areas such as health and wellbeing, energy and climate, water, resources, and the circular economy.

What sustainable strategies are you employing?

ES Sustainability has been a key factor in Sika’s corporate strategy for over a decade. With its powerful capacity for innovation, Sika develops a range of sustainable solutions for the construction industry, as well as industrial applications for the automotive and other industries. The company is focused on innovating in a targeted manner in order to achieve its net zero objectives. Innovation is key to the success of our company. It stems from the creativity, curiosity, and the drive within each of us. Sustainable development is a crucial growth driver for our company. When we talk about net zero, this involves decarbonization and a dramatic reduction of the carbon footprint of construction, particularly the emissions associated with concrete. In 2021, we had 99 new patents and 150 new innovations. We continue our growth strategy and engage our innovative developments to decouple growth from greenhouse gas emissions, and we enable our customers on their journeys to net zero.



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