In Depth: What would the Sun King make of Saint-Gobain?

Date: 12 September 2011
Old dogs may be incapable of learning new tricks, but old companies do not have that luxury. France’s Saint-Gobain knows this because it has been learning new tricks for more than 350 years — and its latest is solar energy.

Saint-Gobain was founded as a mirror maker during the reign of Louis XIV — the Sun King — with the intention of weaning France off imported Venetian mirrors.

Today, it is among Europe’s biggest industrial companies and one of the world’s largest, most ­innovative producers of construction ­materials, chalking up revenues in excess of €40bn ($57bn) last year.

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