Saint-Gobain acquires the means to fulfill its ambitions

In 2017, from the Czech Republic to Brazil via Vietnam, Saint-Gobain continued to implement an active development policy focused both externally – resulting in 30 strategic acquisitions in the year – and internally by strengthening its operational network.
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A dynamic development strategy
Our maxim is to see far and wide. Saint-Gobain continues to expand internationally, placing innovation and customers at the heart of its strategy.

Attuned to external opportunities 

In 2017, Saint-Gobain completed more than 30 acquisitions. In Europe, these include: the insulation specialists Glava in Norway and Isoroc in Poland, roofing reinforcement products specialists Wattex in Belgium and Kirson in Germany, Norway’s leading regional general merchant distribution company Per Strand, the Greek specialist for waterproofing solutions Maris Polymers, the leading Scottish company for prefabricated kit homes Scotframe, and the German manufacturer of specialty adhesive tapes Biolink.
In South America, the following were acquired: in Brazil, TekBond, an adhesives company and the regional building materials sales outlet network Tumelero Materiais de Construção, and in Argentina, the leading waterproofing application company Megaflex.
This external growth development strategy revolves around three areas: new geographical regions, proximity to our customers and technological niches that are sources of innovation!

Expanding industrial and logistics capacity 

The Group also boosted its operational network worldwide. In Saltillo (Mexico), we laid the foundation stone for a float line that will manufacture flat glass for the NAFTA construction and automotive markets. We increased our production capacity by 30 percent at one of our glass fiber production sites in the Czech Republic. We also fully renovated and upgraded the Aniche-Emerchicourt float (France), which will now produce glass for the construction and automotive markets backed by an improved technical and environmental performance. Finally, we launched the construction of a second plasterboard plant in Haiphong (Vietnam), and a third mortar plant in Sumatra (Indonesia). Additionally, we invested heavily in logistics developments, such as the future Dahl Sverige AB logistics center (Sweden), for which construction is scheduled to begin at the end of 2018. Each of these projects helps reinforce Saint-Gobain’s foundations for its future and that of its customers. 


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