Saint-Gobain’s outward-looking strategy, notably as concerns innovation, has led it to develop and diversify its partnerships. To keep up with eco-system complexity and ever-faster technological change, the Group needs to work more with external partners to extend its expertise.
BENEFIT FROM THE MOST RECENT SCIENTIFIC ADVANCES
The international Saint-Gobain University Network (SUN) gives the Group access to the academic world’s latest scientific advances and high level expertise. In addition, this cooperation approach expands the pool of researchers with thesis placements and post-docs, making it easier to hire managers with an excellent level of training in strategic countries.
The Group has long-term partnerships with, for instance:
- The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France,
- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Massachusetts, and Case Western Reserve University in the United States,
- The Indian Institute of Technology Madras in India,
- The RWTH Aachen University and the Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany,
- The National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan.
AT THE INTERFACE BETWEEN FONDAMENTAL RESEARCH AND THE NEEDS OF APPLIED RESEARCH
Partnership with CNRS in France and NIMS in Japan
Saint-Gobain, the CNRS (French National Scientific Research Center) and the NIMS (National Institute for Materials Science) have just opened the Laboratory for Innovative Key Materials and Structures (LINK) in the presence of the French Ambassador to Japan, Thierry Dana. The aim of this international research center is to develop new materials that could have applications in several of Saint-Gobain’s industrial activities, in particular ceramics, grains and powders, crystals, glazing and abrasives. Linked to both Saint-Gobain and the CNRS, the center is housed at the NIMS in Tsukuba in Japan, one of the world’s leading materials research laboratories. This is the first time Saint-Gobain and the CNRS have opened a joint research center abroad.