The Saint-Gobain Group
Saint-Gobain´s roots can be traced back to 1665, when Colbert, the Industry Minister of King Louis XIV, was directed to produce glass for the palace of Versailles. Since then, keeping its deep industrial tradition, the Group has evolved beyond its initial business and national frontiers into a global leader in functional materials. Today, the Saint-Gobain Group develops, produces and distributes functional materials (glass, ceramics, plastics, cast iron etc.) for professional clients in the building and industrial sectors. Saint-Gobain transforms raw materials into advanced solutions for use in our daily lives, while developing tomorrow’s new materials.
Saint-Gobain operates in 59 countries, is among the leading 100 industrial corporations, and employs a workforce of over 209,000 worldwide. Saint-Gobain is listed on the main European stock markets (Paris, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Brussels, Zurich).
Facts and figures (2008):
• Over 1400 consolidated entities
• Industrial presence in 59 countries
• 20 research centers and 101 developement units
• European or worldwide leader in all its businesses
• 209 000 employees, 75% of which work outside France
• Turnover: 43.8 bn €
• Net income: 1.4 bn €
• Net cash flow: 3.5 bn €
• Research expenditure: 390 million €
The Ceramic Materials Division
The Ceramic Materials Division belongs to the Innovative Materials Sector. In addition to the complete range of Silicon Carbide products described, Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials serves a variety of ceramic grains and powders to numerous customers, be they affiliates of the Saint-Gobain Group or external customers:
• Alumina and zirconia-based grains and powders for abrasive and refractory applications.
• Ceramic proppants for oil-well stimulation.
• Catalytic carriers and process ceramics for petrochemical applications.
• Zirconia powders for colours in ceramic applications.
• Coating solutions for electronic or aerospace applications.
• Surface conditioning solutions for electronic applications.