Saint Gobain continues to make its presence known overseas. The French glassmaker opened its doors to a new float glass manufacturing plant in India. According to the company, it’s located in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, India.
Saint Gobain stated the new facility was built within its World Glass Complex.
“ … it’s a 70-hectare industrial site which already includes two floats, two coaters, advanced glass processing units for the construction industry, fire safety and the automotive industry (Sekurit), as well as a mirror line,” said the company in a release.
Saint Gobain’s new production line is a $132,159,725.00 (US dollar) investment to industrial glass facilities in India, which also include a float in Bhiwadi (Rajasthan) and another in Jhagadia (Gujarat). One of the plant’s goals is to work with both domestic and international markets.
“Thanks to this regional network of manufacturing plants, Saint-Gobain is strengthening its position as the leader in flat glass in the country and continues its development strategy in high growth regions,” said the company in its release.
The plant is also energy efficient, as the company aimed to have reduced amounts of energy consumption.
“To meet the Group’s environmental commitments, the float is equipped with a high-technology furnace which reduces energy consumption by 15 percent and CO2 emissions by 13 percent compared to the latest generations of furnaces installed,” according to the company’s release.
The new plant officially opened at the end of January 2019.