Saint-Gobain Opens Extension to its Shanghai Research and Development Center
to support the Group's Rapidly Growing Businesses in the Asia-Pacific Region
PARIS, September 27, 2013
PARIS, September 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
oAn investment of € 7 million in a new 8,300-square meter building
oNearly 400 researchers to develop new technologies for China and
oA model building in terms of energy savings, environmental protection and
Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie
de Saint-Gobain, officially opened the Group's Research and Development Center
today in Shanghai (SGRS).
The new 8,300-square meter building is located in Shanghai's Minhang district,
next to the first SGRS building. The first building, opened in late September
2007, spans 5,500 square meters and currently employs 245 people. The two
buildings will host up to 400 researchers in total. The expansion of this
state-of-the-art center will further increase Saint-Gobain's capacity to
develop new technology in China for the Asia-Pacific markets and to support
rapidly growing businesses.
"Research and innovation forms the cornerstone of Saint-Gobain's sustainable
habitat strategy," commented Pierre-André de Chalendar at the opening
ceremony. "Saint-Gobain Research Shanghai plays a critical role in our global
research and development network by delivering cutting-edge technology and
innovation to our businesses in China and throughout Asia. The expansion of
SGRS illustrates our strong focus on 'Innovation in Asia for Asia' and
'Innovation in China for China'."
The R&D center was designed to meet the Chinese GBDL (Green Building Design
Label) standard and has been awarded gold status under the US LEED standard.
Saint-Gobain has grown extensively in China since it first started up
operations there in 1985. So far, the Group has created 54 legal entities
across the country, including 40 production sites, which employ nearly 10,000
people generating €1.11 billion in sales in 2012.
More about Saint-Gobain
Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets,
designs, manufactures, and distributes building materials, providing
innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency, and
environmental protection. With 2012 sales of €43.2 billion, Saint-Gobain
operates in 64 countries and has nearly 193,000 employees.For the second year
in a row, Saint-Gobain has been included in the Thomson Reuters ranking of the
100 most innovative companies. In 2012, 3,700 researchers worked on 850
projectswith a total budget of€479 million. Last
year,theGroupregisteredover400 patents.More thanone infiveSaint-Gobain
products soldtoday did not existfive yearsago. For more information about
Saint-Gobain, please visithttp://www.saint-gobain.com.
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