Saint-Gobain Inaugurates Fifth Flat Glass Manufacturing Plant in India
The new production line represents a €115 million (approximately $131 million) investment and complements Saint-Gobain’s industrial glass facilities in India.
Saint-Gobain recently opened a new flat glass production line (float) in India located in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, India, at a ceremony attended by Pierre-André de Chalendar, chairman and CEO. The new state-of-the-art facility was built within the Saint-Gobain World Glass Complex, a 70-hectare industrial site that already includes two floats; two coaters; advanced glass processing units for the construction industry, fire safety and the automotive industry (Sekurit); and a mirror line.
The new float facility reportedly manufactures clear, tinted and solar-control reflective glass; it will primarily serve domestic demand, which is growing at a rate of 8% per year. To meet the group’s environmental commitments, the float is equipped with a high-technology furnace that reportedly reduces energy consumption by 15% and CO2 emissions by 13% compared to the latest generations of furnaces installed. It also has a tank for harvesting rainwater, which is partly used in the industrial process. Finally, photovoltaic panels are being installed on the roof of the plant to generate 3.5 MW of power.
The new production line represents a €115 million (approximately $131 million) investment and complements Saint-Gobain’s industrial glass facilities in India, which also include a float in Bhiwadi (Rajasthan) and another in Jhagadia (Gujarat). Additional details are available at www.saint-gobain.com.