Automobile and land transportation

Saint-Gobain supplies a range of high-performance products to the automotive and transportation industries.

The voyage to the heart of innovation continues

From windshields to door hinges along with passenger compartment insulation,Saint-Gobain designs a wide range of innovative solutions for the leading automakers in response to the challenges the automotive and land transportation industries face today: reduced fuel consumption in particular by lowering the weight of materials, safety, comfort (acoustic, thermal, etc.) and connectivity. As a result of its active co-development policy with its main customers, the Group regularly adds to its portfolio of products and solutions to meet the evolving needs of this constantly evolving market.

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Glazing for the transportation market 

Third production line at the Saint-Gobain Sekurit plant in Hořovice (Czech Republic).

Through Saint-Gobain Sekurit, the Group supplies the world’s leading automakers with windshields, sidelites, backlites, glass roofs and pre-assembled modules. Tempered, laminated, tinted or with coatings providing specific properties, Saint-Gobain Sekurit glazing helps reduce vehicle energy consumption and provides a solution to users’ growing demands for safety and comfort. Saint-Gobain Sekurit also serves with the same rigor the rail, armored and industrial vehicle markets: trucks, buses and coaches, and farm and construction site machinery.

Saint-Gobain is also growing its business in the distribution of automobile glazing on the independent aftermarket, through its Autover subsidiary, the European leader on its market and the exclusive distributor of the Saint-Gobain Sekurit brand.

Lastly, Sekurit has a network of Saint-Gobain aftermarket automobile glazing installation sites, called Glassdrive. Created in 2001, it operates in 9 European countries: Spain, Norway, Portugal, Greece, Finland, Italy, Estonia, Lithuania and Denmark. 

Specialist films provide additional functions for glazing 

In addition to its glazing, the Group manufactures and sells special films for automobile glazing, under its Saint-Gobain Solar Gard® brand. These films protect against heat, damage caused by ultraviolet rays and attempted break-ins, as well as being attractive and protecting occupants’ privacy. 

Solar Gard® films used by the automobiles and transportation industries have numerous advantages: energy savings, solar protection, visual comfort, protection of people and property and appearance.

Plastic components 

The Group also manufactures high-performance plastic bearings, seals and foams for the automobile and land transportation market. These components are in particular used in doors, steering and braking systems, seats and even vehicle engines. 

The safety and efficiency of high-performance products

From the glazing to the engine, and for body finishing, Saint-Gobain Abrasives solutions are used when manufacturing many vehicle components. Saint-Gobain ZirPro also supplies grinding beads to paint makers and surface treatment beads for pre-stressing applications, in particular suspension spring manufacture. Finally, most of the notched belts in European cars are manufactured using Saint-Gobain Vetrotex glass fiber.

Specific insulation

Saint-Gobain develops insulation solutions for technical applications in the transportation industry: ships, trains, light rail, metros and automobiles. For cars and trucks, ISOVER has in particular designed specific glass wool products that combine cost efficiency, lightness, high-performance acoustic insulation, thermal and fire protection.

Saint-Gobain Marine Applications

Specialists in the field of high-performance glazing (insulating, solar control, fire resistant, heatable glass, high security glazing and other glass specialties), high performance mineral wool insulation, steel pipes, pipe components and industrial valves, wall lining systems, interior panels flooring and more.

Worldwide supplier of lightweight, energy-saving construction materials ensuring both safety and comfort.

Saint-Gobain Marine Applications, founded in 2004, federates seven internationally renowned Saint-Gobain companies: Saint-Gobain ISOVER, Saint-Gobain Weber, Saint-Gobain Vetrotech Kinon, Saint-Gobain Sully, Saint-Gobain Gyproc, Optimera and Brødrene Dahl.

Saint-Gobain’s global team of maritime experts provides architects, EPCC’s, designers, owners and administrative authorities with a wide selection of innovative products and services for the construction or renovation of ships and oil & gas offshore vessels and platforms. ”Saint-Gobain solutions respond to the current trend of downsizing, as it is being practiced in the automobile industry. These construction solutions offer significant weight savings while offering great freedom in design,” says well-known designer Steen Friis Hansen of Steen Friis Design in Denmark. 

Our mission is to make it possible to build lighter and more efficient ships and platforms, reduce energy consumption, increase safety and fire protection and enhance passenger and crew comfort. 

In pictures

High-speed line

Saint-Gobain ISOVER and Saint-Gobain Sekurit are supplying the windows for the first high-speed train in northeast China linking Harbin and Dalian.

Revolutionary windshields 

Saint-Gobain Sekurit’s sgs CoolCoat athermic windshield and sgs Lightweight windshield help improve vehicle energy performance.

Saint-Gobain on-board the Volkswagen Passat

Almost fully glazed by Saint-Gobain Sekurit, the new Volkswagen Passat is a family car available as a sedan or an estate, that can be equipped with a heated and reflective windshield, sgs ClimaCoat, and laminated sidelites. 

Industrial vehicles : Buses in local livery

Saint-Gobain Sekurit supplies glazing for urban transportation worldwide, in particular London’s New Routemaster buses.

Did you know ?

Each year, Saint-Gobain supplies the window sets for the equivalent of 14 million vehicles.