Saint-Gobain inaugurates the new solar glass furnace in Spain

Date: 18 April 2011
Source: Saint-Gobain Glass
Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and CEO of the Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, inaugurated the new solar glass furnace at the Saint-Gobain Glass Renedo plant in Spain, 15 kilometers from Santander.

This €35million investment gives the Renedo site one of the most state of the art rolled glass lines in Saint-Gobain Glass and doubles its output.

Thanks to its favorable sunny climate, the Iberian Peninsula is already the 4th European market for the PV industry. With this investment, Saint-Gobain completes its patterned glass production network and takes its commitment to solar power and the PV market in particular another step further. In this niche alone, the Group is aiming to achieve €2billion in sales in 2015, compared to €300million in 2010. It considers that PV must become a standard component of new buildings, as it is already the case for double glazing.

In Spain, Saint-Gobain Glass has two other manufacturing hubs, in Aviles (Asturias) and Arbos (Catalonia). In Portugal, on the outskirts of Lisbon, Saint-Gobain owns the largest parabolic mirrors plant in the world. The Saint-Gobain General Delegation for Spain, Portugal and Morocco, which coordinates Saint-Gobain activities in the three countries and employs 9,000 people spread over 50 manufacturing facilities and 200 building material distribution centers, achieved a turnover of €2billion in 2010.

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