What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about working at Sika Chile?
The market, having the resources andsupport to develop initiatives and propose improvements, being in a friendly but challenging work environment, and finally the possibility to develop both personally and professionally. Sika is acknowledged as an organization that rises to challenges, especially among people in the construction business.

Chile has been one of Latin America’s fastest-growing economies over the past decade. But the overall economic picture remained fairly gloomy headinginto 2017, with growth lackluster and the economy operating considerably below potential. What is your personal outlook?

Countries go through different stages of growth, but the really important thing is the ability to correct and improve. In this sense, our country has demonstrated that is able to recover from adversity, as evidenced by the earthquake in 2010, as well as to survive different economiccycles. Nevertheless, to meet growing needs and succeed in a turbulent and exiting environment we must focus on ourmission, demonstrate accountability, and achieve results.

And the construction market? Where exactly does Chile profit from Sika?
Our country has achieved a strong levelof professionalism in the construction industry and requires solutions that areincreasingly more durable and environmentally friendly. Major projects in themining, energy, construction, roads and healthcare sectors have provided Chile with a very solid infrastructure.
 
In the housing segment, the challengeis to incorporate more demanding standards of earthquake safety, as well as tomake new materials more durable, lightweight and economic, which opens great opportunities to a company such as ours. All this calls for practical solutions and technical knowledge.
 
What infrastructure vision do you havefor the country in terms of making people’s life easier in the future?
Our infrastructure still requires additional investment, especially in improving road and port connectivity in Chile’s extremities, incorporating sustainability concepts, exploiting natural conditionsto develop non-conventional energy sources (wind, radiation, tides, etc.) and stewarding water, an increasingly scarce resource.
 
What are the immediate goals for Sika Chile?
First of all, our task is to defend our market leadership. Competition is becoming stronger and the arrival of new entrants makes it more challenging. On the other hand, our more immediate objective is entering new markets with work underway to build an acrylics plant and to grow the mortar business. To this end, we arelooking for alternatives in the development of products and channels, allowing us to expand our product range and coverage, while maintaining an attractivelevel of profitability.
Our second objective is to generate and fast-track more effective alternatives forpotential acquisitions that will allow us to expand our base of operations both interms of volume and geographical reach. Finally, we must consolidate and expandour presence in the North to increase our penetration and make better use of our resources at the Antofagasta site.
 
Diverse landscapes unfurl over a 4,300km stretch while the country averages just 175 km wide – a land of extremes, versatility and beauty. Does this come close to what Chile is about?
Not necessarily. Although Chile is recognizedas a long and narrow
strip of land, it boasts an enviable ocean, more than 5,000 km of coastline, and a mountain range which in addition to being beautiful and challenging is rich in natural resources. On the other hand, a decades-long connection and relationship with Asia is transforming Chile into a gateway to Latin America.
 
What is it that you personally enjoy themost about life in Chile?
I think being able to reach the mountainsand the ocean within just 2 hours is aprivilege. And Chile’s diversity of landscapes, cultures, climates and customsmake it a very special country.
Our path of development so far has requireda lot of courage and drive, but we must now move on to the next stage, where human resources are very important. In this sense, the challenge is huge,because we have to broaden our base of support staff with new and different skills, improve our productivity, achieve more ambitious goals as a country and at the same time maintain what we have built.
The question is what do we have to do to day to accomplish results.
Planning is not an event, it is a continuous process of strengthening what really works and avoiding what does not, it means taking risks and decisions in full awareness of their potential effect, setting objectives, appraising performance and results through systematic feedback, and making ongoing adjustments as conditions change.