To manufacture our products to the standards required by the market, within the time stipulated and at the lowest possible cost.

a) We basically manufacture our products in our own factories. The Management determines which factories will produce which products for considering entrepreneurial, economic and trade factors.

b) Backward integration (the manufacture of basic materials) is carried out (or, conversely, cancelled) if specified qualities or purchasing costs result in an improved competitive position.

c) Products or semi-finished products which incorporate a production know-how requiring special protection or which demand a high investment or a costly quality-procedure in comparison to local needs, are generally manufactured only in one or a few regional plants.

d) We take responsibility for safeguarding the quality of its products. The guidlines and standards required are established by Sika.

e) Investments in fixed assets will be assessed and monitored by the Group Management, with regard to strategic, practical and financial considerations.

f) The Management determines the viability of joint-ventures and production licenses to third parties. These are considered only if Sika Australia achieves competitive advantages, or if a considerable profit could result from a market which is otherwise inaccessible.