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					SUPERBRANDS ANNUAL 2010                                                                                                                                                                                                            SAINT-GOBAIN

                                                                                                                                                            This followed on the heels of Saint-Gobain          Saint-Gobain is also the main sponsor
                                                                                                                                                            Glass being voted one of Britain’s Best Green       and technical partner for the Nottingham
                                                                                                                                                            Companies by The Sunday Times in both 2008          H.O.U.S.E – an energy efficient, zero carbon
                                                                                                                                                            and 2009. One of its key achievements was the       solar powered home designed and built
                                                                                                                                                            establishment of a scheme for customers to          by a team of students from the University
                                                                                                                                                            send waste glass (cullet) back to the factory.      of Nottingham’s Department of the Built
                                                                                                                                                            It leads the industry with 28 per cent of new       Environment (DBE). The H.O.U.S.E is the UK’s
                                                                                                                                                            products being made from returned cullet –          only entry into the first International Solar
                                                                                                                                                            double the amount of competitors.                   Decathlon Europe competition to design and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                build Europe’s most effective and energy
                                                                                                                                                            Saint-Gobain also recently put its name to the      efficient zero carbon solar powered house.
                                                                                                                                                            Copenhagen Communiqué which calls for a fair
                                                                                                                                                            global deal on climate change in recognition of     The Nottingham H.O.U.S.E has been
Saint-Gobain is the world-leader in the design, production and distribution of materials                                                                    the environmental crisis facing the world. The      constructed entirely from materials supplied
                                                                                                                                                            statement was officially handed over to Ban          by Saint-Gobain’s UK companies including
for the construction and habitat markets. Its corporate strategy is to achieve global                                                                       Ki-Moon, the UN general secretary, in advance       Saint-Gobain Isover, British Gypsum, Weber,
                                                                                                                                                            of the Copenhagen summit.                           Saint-Gobain Glass, Solaglas, International
leadership in providing innovative solutions for a more sustainable built environment,                                                                                                                          Timber, Pasquill and Greenworks, providing
addressing the global challenges of our time – in particular, energy efficiency and                                                                          Saint-Gobain also believes strongly that            total solutions to optimise energy efficiency.
                                                                                                                                                            no business should pursue success at the
environmental protection.                                                                                                                                   expense of the communities in which it              Demonstrating how low energy architecture
                                                                                                                                                            operates. Last year it launched the Saint-          can lend itself to the mass market, the
                                                                                                                                                            Gobain Initiatives Foundation which supports        building’s versatile L-shaped, modular
Market                                              give architects and designers the ability            SGG ECOCLEAR® double glazed units and extra        projects proposed by its employees in three         design can be worked into terraces, rows
Saint-Gobain has grown rapidly in the UK            to meet the most exacting performance                clear glass for photovoltaic systems.              focus areas: construction-related job training      or stacked as apartments. The resulting
and Ireland over the past 20 years to gain          and legislative standards, whilst creating                                                              for young people; construction, refurbishment       concept is a highly marketable, zero carbon
leadership in the construction materials market.    comfortable and secure living and                    Saint-Gobain also specialises in mineral           or renovation of community buildings or             starter home for a new family – a major
Since 2001 it has made over 70 acquisitions,        working environments.                                ceramics, performance polymers and glass           housing for low income or disadvantaged             requirement in the UK.
adding more than 200 sites to its UK and                                                                 textiles, is the world’s leading manufacturer      groups and individuals; and energy efficiency
Ireland operation which turned over more            Together they form a robust, integrated              of abrasives and the only one to supply each       and environmental protection in housing and         Brand Values
than £3 billion in 2008. Today it includes some     supply chain partner that has the strength           of the three major types of abrasives: Bonded      community buildings.                                Saint-Gobain is engaged in an innovation-led
of the best known and respected brands in           and flexibility to support the most diverse           Abrasives (resinoid and vitrified), Coated                                                              process of strategic refocusing on the habitat
the industry such as British Gypsum, Isover,        range of customer requirements. This adds            Abrasives and Diamond products.                    Recent Developments                                 and construction markets. Research and
Saint-Gobain Glass, Artex, Solaglas, Weber,         up to its unique capability to support everything                                                       Key developments include the insulation             development is the lifeblood of the company
Saint-Gobain PAM, Ecophon and Saint-Gobain          from the biggest landmark projects, such             Its advanced architectural membranes are used      system, Vario, the world’s most advanced            ensuring it can continue to innovate and
Abrasives. Collectively they employ over            as St Pancras International station and              in high-performance roofs, for example Saint-      solution for the management of interstitial         introduce new products to the market that
17,000 people at more than 1,000 sites.             30 St Mary’s Axe (The Gherkin), to ongoing           Gobain Performance Plastics manufactured           moisture in timber construction; it uses            help the building industry become more
                                                    repair and maintenance programmes.                   the PTFE coated fabric for The O2 arena in         a polymide-based membrane to allow timber           sustainable as well as growing its business.
Its businesses are structured into three core                                                            London’s Docklands.                                to breathe and dry out naturally. It was            It is committed to creating more comfortable,
sectors: Construction Products; Innovative          As well as fast, efficient access to a                                                                   developed to help meet new legislation on           economical and sustainable living and
Materials, and Building Distribution. It is the     comprehensive range of products, Saint-Gobain        Achievements                                       airtightness and the Government’s Code for          working environments.
world leader in ductile iron pipe systems,          can provide specialist technical expertise           Sustainability is at the core of Saint-Gobain’s    Sustainable Homes.
plasterboard and plaster, insulation, industrial    and resources backed by world leading R&D            business strategy as recognised by its ranking                                                                     
mortars, abrasives and flat glass, as well as        facilities. Last year it invested almost £400        in the Global 100 list of the most sustainable     Other new products include a floating floor
being Europe’s largest distributor of building      million in R&D, employing 3,500 people in this       corporations. This evaluates companies             system by British Gypsum, SGG EcoClear® –
material. In the UK and Ireland it includes         crucial area and registering over 300 patents.       according to how effectively they manage           the best energy efficient sealed unit on the               Things you didn’t know
Jewson, the leading builders’ merchant chain,       This has enabled it to maintain a leading            environmental, social and governance risks and     market, a severe-duty partitioning system,
                                                    technical edge in each of its core markets.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        about Saint-Gobain
Graham the plumbers’ merchant and Pasquill –                                                             opportunities relative to their industry peers.    GypWall Extreme, and the weber.therm XM
a specialist in engineered timber solutions.                                                             It was one of only 15 industrial corporations      external wall insulation (EWI) system
                                                    Saint-Gobain’s advanced range of construction        to feature in the list from MSCI World – the       which has achieved the ‘Energy Saving                 Saint-Gobain products insulate half
Product                                             materials includes high performance plaster          global stock market index from Morgan Stanley      Recommended’ label from the Energy                    of all the homes in Europe.
More than a quarter of the UK’s carbon dioxide      and plasterboard which offer acoustic and            Capital International.                             Saving Trust (EST).
emissions come from the energy we use to            energy saving benefits, plus external and                                                                                                                      The company has equipped 80 capitals
heat, light and run our homes, while a further      internal insulation systems. Many of these           In December 2009 it was named one of the           The highly innovative range of GripTop™               and more than 1,000 major cities
19 per cent is generated by non-residential         use glass wool which has a very limited              UK’s best regarded businesses, ranking a           access covers (manhole covers), produced by           across the world with ductile iron
buildings. There is a clear need for urgent         environmental footprint over its entire life         close second in the Building Materials and         iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK,           water pipes.
action to reduce this environmental impact          cycle. Through the heat savings it makes             Merchants category of Management Today’s           recently won the Motorcycle Award category
by making our homes and buildings as energy         possible, glass wool saves up to 1,000 times         list of Britain’s 50 Most Admired Companies.       at the 2009 Prince Michael International Road         One in every two cars uses glass
efficient as possible. As a member of the            the amount of CO2 emitted and energy used            Corporate reputation is reviewed by industry       Safety Awards. GripTop significantly reduces the       manufactured by Saint-Gobain.
UK-Green Building Council, Saint-Gobain’s           during its manufacture. Its portfolio also           peers with leading professionals in British        risk of skidding and skid-related road accidents
businesses offer an unrivalled range of high        includes low emissivity glass and acoustic           companies assessing and nominating their           caused by traditional metal access covers             The company was founded in 1665
performance, energy-saving solutions. These         glazing, fire proof and bullet proof safety glass,    most admired rivals.                               which become worn smooth over the decades.            to deliver the world’s first industrial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  scale glass for the Hall of Mirrors at
 1985                   1990                  1996               2000                            2005                          2009                         Promotion                                             Versailles, France.
                                                                                                                                                            In 2009, Saint-Gobain showcased more
 Saint-Gobain enters    The company buys      A General          Meyer International is bought   Saint-Gobain Gypsum           UK and Ireland continues     than 70 of its products at its first exhibition in     Among the landmark buildings
 the UK and Ireland     Solaglas and builds   Delegation is      for £1.4 billion, now known     division is formed with the   to grow, employing 17,000
                                                                                                                                                            the UK, Ecobuild. This is the world’s biggest         its materials have been used in are
 market by acquiring    its presence in the   formed to serve    as Saint-Gobain Building        acquisition of BPB Group,     people across 1,000 sites.
                                                                                                                                                            event for sustainable design, construction and        London’s St Pancras International
 Stanton from British   high-performance      the needs of       Distribution it is the UK’s     which adds 12,500 people
                                                                                                                                                            the built environment. With almost 35,000             station, 30 St Mary’s Axe (known
 Steel, now known       materials and flat     the UK and         leading builder’s merchant      and 130 sites to the
                                                                                                                                                            visitors, the exhibition connects formal learning     as The Gherkin) and the Emirates
 as Saint-Gobain        glass sectors.        Ireland markets.   and owner of Jewson and         Group globally.
 PAM UK.                                                         Graham merchant chains.
                                                                                                                                                            with practical experience, and with products          Stadium.
                                                                                                                                                            and suppliers.

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