Saint-Gobain celebrates 350th anniversary
Saint-Gobain’s 350th Anniversary is a historic event, an extraordinary milestone in the life of the company and its people. But even as it celebrates its history, Saint-Gobain has its sights set firmly on the future and, in particular, in India, in Shaping the Future. India presents a huge opportunity for growth. Two large entities, Grindwell Norton Limited (GNO) and Saint-Gobain India (SGI) and a few smaller entities house Saint-Gobain’s businesses in India.
“India is an important market and investment destination for Saint-Gobain. We believe in shaping the future by designing, manufacturing and distributing building and high-performance materials, which provide innovative solutions to meet the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. This is the core of Saint-Gobain’s strategy.” said Anand Mahajan, general delegate for India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh, Saint-Gobain.
An ambition is a strong and profitable growth of all its businesses: more specifically, to more than double its business in India and to exceed sales of Rs.10,000 crores by 2019.
It wants to help create sustainable buildings by inventing products, solutions and systems for the buildings of the future; sustainable manufacturing by reducing the environmental impact of its industrial processes and supply chain; and create sustainable construction by contributing to the development of skills and techniques for modern, efficient construction, manufacturing and logistics.
In 2013, Saint-Gobain invested 430 million Euro in R&D. Its global initiatives include: Futuristic travelling pavilions in four cities; and an anniversary day celebrations on 15th October 2015 (it was in October, 1665, that King Louis XIV signed the letters authorising the creation of the Manufacture Royale des Glaces de Miroirs).