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Saint-Gobain established its presence in India by acquiring a majority stake in Grindwell Norton in 1996, and thereafter went on to consolidate and strengthen its presence within the country. The Group has adopted a systematic focus in launching its individual businesses in India and currently operates in two business sectors: Innovative Materials and Construction Products.
Within these sectors, a variety of products are manufactured by eight different companies:
Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd. (SGGI), which manufactures and markets float glass and mirrors from its plant near Chennai
Saint-Gobain Sekurit India Ltd.(SGSI),which offers a range of automotive glass products
HIGH PERFORMANCE MATERIALS:
Grindwell Norton Ltd. (GNO), which manufactures and markets abrasives, silicon carbide, high293 performance refractories and performance plastics from its four manufacturing locations
Saint-Gobain Crystals & Detectors India Ltd. (SGCD), which manufactures and markets radiation detection and measurement products
SEPR Refractories India Ltd. (SEPR),which manufactures and markets electrofused refractories
Saint-Gobain Gyproc India, which manufactures an extensive range of construction products like gypsum plasterboards, ceiling tiles, mineral fibre tiles, metal framing systems, jointing and finishing products and gypsum plasters for partitions, wall panels, ceilings and internal wall linings
Saint-Gobain Weber India Ltd. (SGWI), which offers facade and tiling solutions and technical mortars
Saint-Gobain SEVA Engineering India Ltd. (SGSEIL), which manufactures top rolls, tempering furnaces and toolings for the automotive sector, moulds for containers and some building hardware products
In order to further its business growth in the Indian sub-continent, Saint-Gobain also established the General Delegation for India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 1996.