Saint-Gobain inaugurates three world-class facilities

Saint-Gobain has inaugurated three world-class facilities to meet the
growing demand of the glass markets – both domestic and international. Each of these facilities was dedicated to the nation by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. Set up with an investment of over Rs 1200 cr, this takes the cumulative investment in the World Glass Complex, Sriperumbudur to more than Rs 3000 crore.

“As a global leader in the construction industry, we see immense opportunities in India to utilise our expertise in sustainable building solutions to enhance human habitats and promote well-being in living spaces. Over the past two decades, we have consistently invested in developing new markets, in building new world-class manufacturing facilities, in technology and in human capital. We are an innovation driven company and our investment in Saint-Gobain Research India, our world-class Research Centre in Chennai, is aimed at developing innovative solutions not only for markets such as India, but also for the world.” said Mr Pierre-André de CHALENDAR, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Compagnie de Saint- Gobain, France.

“India is amongst the best-performing regions for Saint-Gobain and it has been our constant endeavour to develop the markets in India by bringing the best technologies and building world-class manufacturing facilities, in line with the Government’s ‘Make in India” mission. Over the years, we have made significant investments across all our businesses – Glass for buildings and for automotive, Gypsum Plasterboard and Plasters, Abrasives, Ceramic Materials, Performance Plastics and so on. Since our entry into India in 1996, we have invested about Rs.7500 crore. Today, we have built a pan-India manufacturing presence and have developed strong market positions in all our businesses. About 95 percent of our local sales are of products manufactured at our plants in India.” said Anand Y Mahajan, Chairman, Saint-Gobain India Private Limited.
“We strongly believe in India’s future and have consistently invested ahead of time in Capacity, Capability, Technology and Innovation. The World Glass Complex at Sriperumbudur, Saint-Gobain’s largest investment in a
single location worldwide is set to welcome the largest and most advanced glass manufacturing plant in India along with advanced magnetron coater and glass solutions line. This new expansion will accelerate Saint-Gobain’s
momentum in realizing the Vision of being the Clear Choice for Glass Solutions in India and the adjoining region,” said B Santhanam, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain India Private Limited.

The third float glass plant will be the largest in India and the Region and is equipped to manufacture a wide range of complex products that cater to the needs of sustainable habitats and affordable luxury. It is an automated,
energy efficient, scalable and flexible, state-of-the-art integrated glass facility. The plant features several innovative processes that are being deployed for the first time in India and the Region – a modern plant with advanced robotic technology, 3.5 MW rooftop solar power generation facility as well as 1.2 MW electrical power  generation from the waste heat of the furnace meeting almost 100% of its electrical energy needs.

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