SUPERBRANDS ANNUAL 2010
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 saint-gobain.co.uk
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.
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.