Saint-Gobain was established in France in 1665 to make glass for the famous Hall of Mirrors for the Palace of Versailles close to Paris. A first in flat glass production, with Louis XIV as the first customer.
Over 300 years later, Saint-Gobain is one of the world’s top one hundred industrial corporations leading the way in the design, production and distribution of construction products.
Driven by a commitment to innovation, the company annually invests over €320 million in research and development and registered 400 patents in 2009. Maintaining a focus on innovation and technological development has allowed the company to develop a leading position in each core area of business; Construction Products, Building Distribution, Innovative Materials and Packaging.
Saint-Gobain is No. 1 in the World for:
Saint-Gobain Gyproc was established in the Middle East in 2004, trading products from the group’s factories in Thailand and Malaysia. On 28th April 2010, a state-of-the-art plasterboard manufacturing facility was opened in, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Saint-Gobain’s first plasterboard factory in the Middle East and the company’s first facility in the region.
However, the history of the gypsum sector dates back to 1917 with the establishment of BPB in the United Kingdom undertaking the production of plaster and plasterboard products. The company expanded in to France, Ireland, Canada and South Africa in the 1950’s and continued with global expansion before becoming part of Saint-Gobain by acquisition in 2005.
In the gypsum sector alone Saint-Gobain has worldwide activities that encompass:
Saint-Gobain takes a firm role in the area of sustainability with many initiatives worldwide and has been a member of the United Nations Global Impact since 2003.