Global building product manufacturer Sika has appointed Dragan Maksimovic as general manager, a role that will see him build on the continued growth of the company across its multiple UK markets.
Mr Maksimovic joined Sika in 2002. Based in Belgrade, he was responsible for developing the company's operation in Serbia, where the company today has become market leader in a number of local market sectors with a strong operation and its own production facilities for concrete admixtures and mortars.
The new appointment will see him build on the already well established Sika and Everbuild brands in the UK. In 2016, the company is aiming to achieve 6% growth in net sales whilst maintaining profitability levels.
Major focuses that the company says will help it achieve this centre on further development of its network of specifiers, strengthening relationships with key specialist distributors and adding to the Sika contractor networks. The company will also continue to focus efforts on securing major projects via its major project management team, which made great strides in 2015, as well as developing inter-company business.
In 2013, Sika acquired Everbuild Building Products, the UK's largest manufacturer of sealants, adhesives and construction chemicals. This acquisition proved to be a major success for Sika, with the Everbuild brand achieving sales in excess of £87m in over 70 countries.
"I strongly believe that teamwork stands behind every result and that people do make the difference," commented Mr Maksimovic. "Relationships inside the company and towards the customers are the main drivers for sustainable good results. Sika UK is a strong company and I am looking forward to the challenge of growing the brand in the UK."
Sika UK has grown steadily over the past few years, reaching one of the highest sales and profit results of Sika globally, despite operating in challenging market conditions.
Mr Maksimovic takes over from Ivo Schaedler, who has taken on the extended responsibility of area manager Europe South, responsible for the UK, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Mauritius within Sika.