Hankuk Glass Industries manufactures and processes glass for the architectural and automotive markets and is also present in certain specialty glass segments. In 2004, the company achieved a turnover of 323 billion wons (or around EUR227 million) with a workforce of 774 people.HGI is mainly present in Korea, China and Japan.
Following on from the long-established partnership existing between Saint-Gobain and Hankuk Glass Industries in the Flat Glass sector - essentially in Korea and China -, this operation serves to strengthen Saint-Gobain's positions in Asia and is consistent with the Group strategy of development in emerging countries.
Employing around 37,000 people, Saint-Gobain's Flat Glass Sector (Saint-Gobain Vitrage) generated sales close to EUR4.4 billion in 2004. Saint-Gobain Vitrage is currently present in 39 countries and ranks number two worldwide and number one in Europe in the flat glass market.
Saint-Gobain Vitrage is organized according to the markets it serves. Its businesses include: Saint-Gobain Glass, which specializes in basic glass products; the Saint-Gobain Glass Solutions network, which processes and distributes glass destined for the architectural and decoration markets; Saint-Gobain Sekurit, the leading supplier of glass to the automotive and transport markets; and finally Saint-Gobain Specialties, which supplies glass products to the domestic appliances and electronics industries, but also to the industrial and commercial equipment industries.