Saint-Gobain’s industrial markets comprise a number of different sectors (energy, metallurgy, non-metal raw materials, mineral extraction, chemicals, petrochemicals and semi-conductors) that find applications in defense and security, industrial equipment and household appliances. Differentiation is achieved through increased research into new technologies and co-development with partner customers.
These markets are also marked by the growing influence of automation and Industry 4.0 and are subject to profound transformations. The Group is developing technical solutions specifically tailored to the various markets, mindful of current needs and emerging trends.
The Group develops cutting-edge products, from waste recovery (refractory for incinerator liners) to operation and storage (gaskets, flexible roofs and insulation for drilling pump wires and cables). The Group offers chemical and petrochemical market solutions that improve chemical reactions due to the action of specifically designed catalyst substrates. Saint-Gobain also designs numerous high-performance products aimed at the wind energy sector such as seals for marine-based wind farms, and glass fiber textiles to improve the surface condition of turbine blades.
Saint-Gobain offers a wide variety of solutions for other markets: polymer strips and films that have chemical and thermal properties with multiple industrial applications, highly sophisticated refractory products for steel-making and metalworking, high-tech abrasive ceramic or diamond grain-based milling solutions, high-value materials cutting and finishing as well as machine components or high-precision equipment for transport or motorization.
- Ensuring close relationships with our clients
The continuous evolution of the markets requires us to constantly adapt our solutions and services and to become more agile and responsive, so as to provide our customers with the best possible support in their projects.
- Boosting the competitiveness of our customers
Serving our clients means focusing on their expectations when designing the solutions we provide, so as to enhance their operational performance.
- Taking full advantage of data and digital technologies
In order to better know our customers, data analysis, artificial intelligence and smart management of digital channels have become crucial growth drivers.
- Innovating in an open manner
With disruptive technologies changing the face of our world, we are developing solutions hand in hand with our clients, and we are investing in open innovation by integrating R&D teams, startups and academia.
Our Business Units
We manufacture technical glass fiber fabrics for customers in the construction, industrial and infrastructure markets. With a range of innovative solutions combined with strong customer commitment, it can cater for every kind of market need: grid systems for wall and floors; glass fiber mat solutions to improve product technical performance; ranges of wall coverings, joint tapes and insect screens; geogrids for the reinforcement of asphalt surfaces, as well as technical fabric solutions for thermal insulation and protection against fire.
Saint-Gobain offers comprehensive solutions for each stage of the abrasion, cutting and polishing process. It serves a wide range of markets: construction and habitat (from rough cutting of concrete walls and floors to sanding of wooden floors and decorative finishes), heavy industry (steelworks, paper mills, and mineral extraction), and manufacturing and high-tech industries (automotive, aerospace, and electronics). The Group leverages its expertise in ceramic grains and its in-depth knowledge of materials to design abrasives systems that are optimized for its customers’ applications, as well as being safe and comfortable to use. The BU is organized by distribution channels in order to best serve each market. Saint-Gobain also produces composite materials for construction and industry: specialty films, foams, tapes and coated fabrics. Lastly, the Group designs, imports and distributes various products such as instant adhesives, sealants and silicones. They are sold to individuals and manufacturers in various sectors such as civil construction, consumer goods, crafts, furniture and the automotive industry.
In addition to its expertise in refractory materials for the glass and metallurgical industries, the Ceramics Business Unit now consists of businesses involved in the synthesis and transformation of ceramic raw materials used in a wide variety of markets such as abrasives, aerospace and paper. Saint-Gobain also manufactures crystals and scintillators used in medical imaging devices or luggage scanners and radiation detection systems.
Co-development: creating solutions together
Coranit SlagR, the most recent refractory material for blast furnaces, has exceptional resistance and durability qualities. Its development was driven by the requirements of our major customer, the steelmaker ThyssenKrupp. Supported by Saint-Gobain Research Provence and a Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics & Refractories plant, ThyssenKrupp defined ambitious specifications for developing the new generation of refractories it needed. Impressive innovations by Saint-Gobain have come out of this collaborative working method, especially in the area of highperformance solutions for the construction, mobility, life sciences and industrial sectors.
Meeting the challenges of the markets in which we operate presupposes our researchers and engineers focus on the customer when designing our materials and solutions, while remaining open to the outside world. This is what underpins innovation at SaintGobain: a culture of co-development, partnership and open innovation. In this way, we can incorporate into our model the external stakeholders that are present in our ecosystem, such as startups, academia and research.