Saint-Gobain Solar Gard(R) Opens New High-Tech Manufacturing Facility in China

Saint-Gobain Solar Gard(R) Opens New High-Tech Manufacturing Facility in China

New plant in Qingdao, China, will expand and improve support of rapidly
growing Asian market for architectural and automotive window films

PR Newswire

PARIS, October 30, 2012

PARIS, October 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Saint-Gobain Solar Gard^®, a global leader in the development, manufacturing
and distribution of specialty films and backsheet materials, opened its new
facility in Qingdao, China, today. Located in the Shandong province, the
modern manufacturing plant was officially opened by Pierre-André de Chalendar,
Chairman and CEO of the Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, during a ceremony attended
by a number of Saint-Gobain and Solar Gard executives, in addition to local
and state officials and dignitaries.

The new state-of-the-art coating facility will focus on the production of
architectural and automotive window films providing safety and security, glare
reduction, energy saving and C0[2] emission reduction solutions for the Asian
market.

With a network of more than 1,800 Quantum and Solar Gard outlets in China,
Saint-Gobain Solar Gard is considered to be the fastest-growing window film
brand in the country; and the investment in the new plant consolidates Solar
Gard's market leadership and commitment to serve the rapidly growing Asian
market.

"The opening of this cutting edge facility is a further step for Saint-Gobain
to expand its investment and commitment in China," said Pierre-André de
Chalendar. "As the world leader in the construction and habitat markets, it
has been a priority for us to do everything we can to both serve and accompany
market growth here in China and beyond. This significant investment in Qingdao
will enable us to be much closer to the rapidly growing market for specialty
films in China. In recent years Solar Gard has significantly expanded its
customer base throughout Asia, especially in China." This new facility will
dramatically improve time to market and give the company a unique advantage
over the competition in what is considered to be one of the world's most
innovative markets.

The Qingdao manufacturing plant meets California's stringent EPA standards and
will pursue ISO 14001:2004 certification. These investments are in line with
the Company's commitment to environmental responsibility; Solar Gard was the
first manufacturer of window films to publish an Environmental Product
Declaration (EPD). The EPD is based on a life cycle analysis of the
cradle-to-grave impacts of Solar Gard's products and fulfills the requirements
of an ISO-compliant product category rule. The results are third-party
verified in line with international standards (ISO 14044 and ISO 14025).

About Solar Gard

Solar Gard positively impacts lives every day with products that protect, save
and renew. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Solar Gard makes industry
leading architectural and automotive window films, photovoltaics and custom
coatings. A Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Activity and subsidiary of
Saint-Gobain, Solar Gard's architectural solar control window films are proven
carbon negative and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Solar Gard
products are sold in more than 90 countries under the Solar Gard^®,
Panorama^®, Quantum^® and Solar Gard Armorcoat^® brands. For more information,
visit http://www.solargard.com.

About Saint-Gobain

Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets,
designs, manufactures and distributes building materials providing innovative
solutions to meet the challenges of growth, energy-saving and environmental
protection. With 2011 sales of €42.1 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64
countries and has nearly 195,000 employees. World leader in high performance
plastics, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is headquartered in Aurora, Ohio
(USA). The company employs 4,500 employees in 16 countries. Its product offer
includes films, foams, coated fabrics, bearings, seals and fluid systems. For
more information, visit http://www.saint-gobain.com and
http://www.plastics.saint-gobain.com.

Press contact for Saint-Gobain:
Sophie CHEVALLON: +33-1-47-62-30-48
Susanne TRABITZSCH: +33-1-47-62-43-25

Press contact for Solar Gard:
Melissa Latham: +1-978-518-4523
solargard@matternow.com

@WindowFilmInfo

Analyst/Investor Relation:
Florence TRIOU-TEIXEIRA: +33-1-47-62-45-19
Vivien DARDEL: +33-1-47-62-44-29
Alexandra BAUBIGEAT: +33-1-47-62-30-93

SOURCE Saint-Gobain
 
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