Compagnie St-Gobain COD New plant

  Compagnie St-Gobain (COD) - New plant

RNS Number : 8981P
Compagnie de Saint-Gobain
30 October 2012



                                                              October 30, 2012

Saint-Gobain Solar Gard^® 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


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 

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 

"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,

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         and

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 : +1978518 4523

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


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