Saint-Gobain, which announced in October 2014 that it would be opening a flat glass manufacturing plant in Asia, and is also making headlines for its bid to acquire Swiss specialty chemical company Sika, is celebrating its 350th anniversary this year.
“We are celebrating Saint-Gobain’s 350th anniversary – the history of the men and women who together have built the oldest company included in the CAC 40 French stock market index and one of the oldest manufacturing companies in the world,” according to a statement on Saint-Gobain’s website.
The company was established in 1665 under the name Manufacture Royale des Glaces.
Also recently, Saint-Gobain and Central Glass Co. Ltd. signed an agreement to create a joint venture in Indonesia that will specialize in automotive glass. Each group will have a 50% stake in the new company.
In the US and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately USD 7.9 billion in 2013.