Saint-Gobain's Strengths

With 350 years of experience in innovation, the Saint-Gobain Group is a global organization that has been selected as one of the Top 100 innovative companies.

Saint-Gobain in Numbers

 

(As of March 2018)

The Saint-Gobain Group is a global organization that has been selected as one of the world's top 100 innovative companies*.
* Clarivate Analytics, The Top 100 Global Innovators program

 

 

Saint Gobain is a worldwide or European leader in all of its businesses, with local solutions tailored to the needs of each market. It has an unrivalled portfolio of energy efficiency products and solutions. With its deep understanding of building professionals’ needs, acquired through daily contacts with customers, solutions can be adapted to highly specific customer requirements.


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(As of March 2018)

Saint Gobain has an outstanding potential for innovation, supported by a unique industrial and distribution expertise and a commitment to materials research.

Awarded the ”Top 100 Global Innovators” for seven years in a row Top Employers Japan 2018 & Top Employers Asia-Pacific 2018

Awards Received

 

GLOBAL

 

Awarded the ”Top 100 Global Innovators” for seven years in a row

On January 2018, Saint-Gobain has been awarded the “Top 100 Global Innovators” by Clarivate Analytics.

This ranking awards the most innovative companies and research institutes in the world, by analyzing intellectual property and patent trends, based on the patent data that Clarivate Analytics possesses. Saint-Gobain has been awarded seven times in a row.

The Top 100 Global Innovators

 

Awarded the "Top Employers Japan 2018" and "Top Employers Asia-Pacific 2018" certification

Top Employers

 

 

 

 

 

JAPAN

Awarded the “Best investment towards Japan in manufacturing sector” for the second time

On November 2010, “France’s Ambassador for International Investment (AFII) “: an organization of the French government for promoting investment in France, presented Saint-Gobain with the 2010 category award for investment towards Japan.

The Seventh Award Ceremony for investment in Japan and France is to acknowledge companies that have directly invested and contributed to the economic growth of both Japan and France.

France’s Ambassador for International Investment (AFII) : Seventh Award Ceremony for investment in Japan and France (in Japanese text)

Saint-Gobain Group's 350 Years of History

 

A history of continual innovation in response to market needs

 

The Saint-Gobain Group's strong position within the global realm today is founded on 350 years of unique history—the fact that the Group has continued business endeavors throughout the years.

The continuous string of changes and adjustments in between, however, demonstrate that industry is always on the move.

Louis XIV (left) and Colbert (right) dicide on an economic recovery plan for France.

17th century

 

Louis XIV (left) and Colbert (right) dicide on an economic recovery plan for France.

Creation of the Manufacture des Glaces de Mirroirs.

1665

 

Creation of the Manufacture des Glaces de Mirroirs.

Produced the glass for the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles.

1690

 

Produced the glass for the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles.

Produced glass for the Cystal Palace, Gallerie des Machines and the Palais Lumineux, which served as venues for the Great Exhibition.

1855-1889

 

Produced glass for the Cystal Palace, Gallerie des Machines and the Palais Lumineux, which served as venues for the Great Exhibition.

Developed curved aglass for use as automotive glass.

1933

 

Developed curved aglass for use as automotive glass.

Developed the TEL process, which would later become a worldwide standard in glass wool production.

1957

 

Developed the TEL process, which would later become a worldwide standard in glass wool production.

Merger between Pont-à-Mousson and Saint-Gobain.

1970

 

Merger between Pont-à-Mousson and Saint-Gobain.

Provision of a total of 673 glass panes for use in the Louvre Pyramid.

1989

 

Provision of a total of 673 glass panes for use in the Louvre Pyramid.

Refocus on materials with a high technological content and entry into building distribution and plasterboard.

1970-2007

 

Refocus on materials with a high technological content and entry into building distribution and plasterboard.

[BOOK] Saint-Gobain: 350 ans d'innovation verrière

 

(Japanese Title: Saint-Gobain: Garasu Tekunorojii ga Sasaeta Kenchiku no Inobeeshon, "Architectural Innovations Supported by Saint-Gobain Glass Technologies")

Through the use of numerous illustrations and other reference materials, this book provides thoroughgoing coverage of Saint-Gobain's 350 years of history and corporate ideology. From the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles to the glass pyramid of the Louvre Museum, this book introduces the reader to famous examples of architectural technologies that make skillful use of Saint-Gobain glass.

Written by three authors in Japanese, this work covers the period of Saint-Gobain's development from 1665 to 1900, starting with the background behind the formation of Saint-Gobain, battles fought by the Company in the field of glass production, and Saint-Gobain's growth resulting from factors such as the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition. The book also examines technological innovations, measures in response to environmental issues, and other activities in the field of glass production from the year 1900 onward.

Emporia shopping center

Usage Examples of Saint-Gobain Group Products (Global)

 

SWEDEN  2012

Emporia shopping center

 

Saint-Gobain Glassolutions, Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Weber, Isover and Gyproc supplied materials for the construction of Emporia in Malmö, Sweden, one of the largest shopping centers in northern Europe.

Statue of Liberty

UNITED STATES  2013

Statue of Liberty

 

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, the worldwide leader in fire-rated glass, provided glass for the oculus, doors, floors and stairs of the Statue of Liberty in New York.

Moses Mabhida Stadium

SOUTH AFRICA  2009

Moses Mabhida Stadium

 

Saint-Gobain delivered over 45,000 square meters of SHEERFILL® II architectural membrane to cover the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban (2009).

National Center for the Performing Arts

CHINA  2006

National Center for the Performing Arts

 

Saint-Gobain Isover China provided the floor and dome insulation for the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The center’s 600 square-meter steel shell is covered with sheets of glass from Saint-Gobain Glass.

Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles

FRANCE  1684

Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles

 

Four million people visit the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles every year, and are dazzled by the 375 mirrors made by Saint-Gobain.

Louvre Pyramid

FRANCE  1989

Louvre Pyramid

 

One of the world’s first huge construction with laminated glass, the Louvre Pyramid stands grandly before ten million people every year, who come to sightsee the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Eiffel Tower

France 2014

Eiffel Tower

 

Saint-Gobain has provided the first level of the Eiffel Tower in Paris with a floor made of anti-skid glass tiles.

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover

United States  2012

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover

 

Curiosity used Saint-Gobain OmniSeal® spring-energized seals for both the Atlas booster stage and the Centaur second stage systems. It also used the Seals Group’s Rulon® material for ball bearings in the robotic arms and drilling for surface removal tools.

DENTSU Building

Usage Examples of Saint-Gobain Group Products (Japan)

 

DENTSU Building

 

32,000 square meters of glass made by Saint-Gobain was used in DENSTU building. Printing dotted patterns using ceramic on extra clear glass, and double glazed with fire-rated tempered glass, the design and construction was overseen by architect Jean Nouvel and the Obayashi Corporation.

The Ice Cubes

The Ice Cubes

 

Using ceramic printing on the exterior and double glazed glass printed using ceramic , this building features glass of various transparency, 1,800 square meters of glass made by Saint-Gobain was used in The Ice Cubes architected by Jun Mitsui & Associates Inc. Architects.

Architectural Membrane Materials in Tokyo Dome

Architectural Membrane Materials in Tokyo Dome

 

SHEERFILL is manufactured using two noncombustible materials—fiberglass and PTFE (Teflon®). No relaxation of the membrane, superior ability to transmit light without the heat gain of traditional glazing, and long service life prove SHEERFILL to be the global leader in architectural membrane.

Architectural Membrane Materials in Yaesu GRANROOF

Architectural Membrane Materials in Yaesu GRANROOF

 

SHEERFILL is manufactured using two noncombustible materials—fiberglass and PTFE (Teflon®). No relaxation of the membrane, superior ability to transmit light without the heat gain of traditional glazing, and long service life prove SHEERFILL to be the global leader in architectural membrane.

Sound absorption in KYOCERA Dome Osaka

Sound absorption in KYOCERA Dome Osaka

 

Vertically movable ceiling makes it possible to adjust the acoustics within the dome (currently not in use due to component problems). Saint-Gobain’s lightweight and easy-to-process glass wool plays a huge part in this architecture.

Radiation monitor volunteering in Fukushima

Radiation monitor volunteering in Fukushima

 

After the accident which affected Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March 2011, radioactive contamination followed. Saint-Gobain’s scintillators were used in survey meters, small size meters, whole-body counters and food contamination inspection equipment. Small automatic helicopters were also equipped with Saint-Gobain’s scintillators to provide safe and easy measurement of radiation, to gather data to map out the radioactive contamination.