Saint-Gobain, the French group of companies specializing in construction materials manufacture, has localized its production in Russia by 92% by now and is going to increase this value in the years ahead up to 98%, as Oleg Makarov, Director of Saint-Gobain’s Dry Mixes business subdivision, informed TASS.
"Our company successfully localizes its production in Russia. While in 2013 we started with 50%, now this value is 92%, and we are not going to stop and rest on our laurels. We try to use raw products and materials from local Russian manufactures and withdraw the production of the Russian division from Austria, Serbia and Finland and transfer it to Russia", explained Mr. Makarov.
The company explained that the acquisition of the plant will allow Saint-Gobain to expand the scale of production and to strengthen its leadership position in the market of thermal insulation materials in Russia and CIS.
At the initial stage, the center’s staff will be exploring ways to adapt Saint-Gobain products to the needs of the Russian market, conducting research on the physical and chemical properties of materials, testing various components of the company’s products. Further on, the center will move on to fundamental research. By 2020, the center will employ 24 young and promising researchers.
The company is expanding its presence on the Russian market.
On February 4, 2015, Saint-Gobain – a major global manufacturer of innovative, high-quality construction materials – has opened a WEBER-VETONIT plant for the production of dry construction mixes in Yegoryevsk, Moscow Region in Russia. Total investments in the construction of the plant amounted to over 500 million rubles. The Saint-Gobain plant, which was designed and equipped in accordance with the most up-to-date technologies, will produce 120,000 tons of dry mixes annually. After the facility is operating at full capacity, the plant will create over 50 new jobs, as well as additional jobs in the service sector. The plant is aimed at releasing cement-based products. The new facilities will significantly strengthen the WEBER-VETONIT positions in market segments such as adhesives, self-leveling floors and facades. Additionally, the plant launch will allow the company to localize the production of a number of products that were previously imported from Europe, which is especially important for Russian Saint-Gobain clients under present economic conditions. In the summer of 2015, an R&D center will open at the new WEBER-VETONIT site in Yegoryevsk. This event will be one of the key stages of the company’s development in Russia. It will allow the plant to not only implement Saint-Gobain’s research potential that has accumulated from the company’s various innovation centers all over the world, but also to develop specific products and solutions that would be optimal for the Russian market.
In his address to the guests, the CEO of Saint-Gobain CIS Gonzague de Pirey noted:
Saint-Gobain continues its development in Russia, and today we are opening our 8th plant here. The launch of the new plant will allow WEBERVETONIT to expand its regional presence on the territory of the Russian Federation in the interests of the brand’s clients. The new plant is located in close proximity to the ISOVER plant – the first Saint-Gobain production plant, which was opened 12 years ago. We received support from the local authorities throughout the whole process. The fact that our plants are located next to each other will allow us to provide our clients with additional services and better logistical solutions. Saint-Gobain is pleased that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting the company’s development in Russia and has recently increased its stake in the business.
France-based construction material firm Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA has opened its first plasterboard plant in Russia.
The new site - which also contains a gypsum quarry - is located close to the village of Gomzovo, in the Nizhny Novgorod area.
The new plant will strengthen Saint-Gobain's position in the Russian habitat and construction markets and meet growing demand for plasterboard in the country. The site represents an investment of around $91 million, and has a workforce of 87 staff.
The start-up of this new plant is an important step in the group's development within the Russian habitat and construction markets," said Pierre-Andre de Chalendar, Chairman and Chief Executive of Saint-Gobain. "With its unique portfolio of products and solutions, Saint-Gobain serves rapidly growing construction markets worldwide. Russia's climate, its rising purchasing power and pressing need for housing means that it's a country with great potential for the group."
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