Saint-Gobain Solar Gard(R) Opens New High-Tech Manufacturing Facility in China
PARIS, October 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Saint-Gobain Solar Gard(R), a global leader in the development, manufacturing and
distribution of specialty films and backsheet materials, opened its new facility in
Qingdao, China, today. Located in the Shandong province, the modern manufacturing plant
was officially opened by Pierre-Andre de Chalendar, Chairman and CEO of the Compagnie de
Saint-Gobain, during a ceremony attended by a number of Saint-Gobain and Solar Gard
executives, in addition to local and state officials and dignitaries.
The new state-of-the-art coating facility will focus on the production of
architectural and automotive window films providing safety and security, glare reduction,
energy saving and C02 emission reduction solutions for the Asian market.
With a network of more than 1,800 Quantum and Solar Gard outlets in China,
Saint-Gobain Solar Gard is considered to be the fastest-growing window film brand in the
country; and the investment in the new plant consolidates Solar Gard’s market leadership
and commitment to serve the rapidly growing Asian market.
“The opening of this cutting edge facility is a further step for Saint-Gobain to
expand its investment and commitment in China,” said Pierre-Andre de Chalendar. “As the
world leader in the construction and habitat markets, it has been a priority for us to do
everything we can to both serve and accompany market growth here in China and beyond. This
significant investment in Qingdao will enable us to be much closer to the rapidly growing
market for specialty films in China. In recent years Solar Gard has significantly expanded
its customer base throughout Asia, especially in China.” This new facility will
dramatically improve time to market and give the company a unique advantage over the
competition in what is considered to be one of the world’s most innovative markets.
The Qingdao manufacturing plant meets California’s stringent EPA standards and will
pursue ISO 14001:2004 certification. These investments are in line with the Company’s
commitment to environmental responsibility; Solar Gard was the first manufacturer of
window films to publish an Environmental Product Declaration
[http://solargard.com/US/Energy/Home ] (EPD). The EPD is based on a life cycle analysis of
the cradle-to-grave impacts of Solar Gard’s products and fulfills the requirements of an
ISO-compliant product category rule. The results are third-party verified in line with
international standards (ISO 14044 and ISO 14025).
About Solar Gard
Solar Gard positively impacts lives every day with products that protect, save and
renew. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Solar Gard makes industry leading
architectural and automotive window films, photovoltaics and custom coatings. A
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Activity and subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, Solar Gard’s
architectural solar control window films are proven carbon negative and reduce global
greenhouse gas emissions. Solar Gard products are sold in more than 90 countries under the
Solar Gard(R), Panorama(R), Quantum(R) and Solar Gard Armorcoat(R) brands. For more
information, visit http://www.solargard.com.
Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs,
manufactures and distributes building materials providing innovative solutions to meet the
challenges of growth, energy-saving and environmental protection. With 2011 sales of
EUR42.1 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has nearly 195,000 employees.
World leader in high performance plastics, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is
headquartered in Aurora, Ohio (USA). The company employs 4,500 employees in 16 countries.
Its product offer includes films, foams, coated fabrics, bearings, seals and fluid
systems. For more information, visit http://www.saint-gobain.com and
Press contact for Saint-Gobain: Sophie CHEVALLON: +33-1-47-62-30-48 Susanne TRABITZSCH: +33-1-47-62-43-25
Press contact for Solar Gard: Melissa Latham: +1-978-518-4523 firstname.lastname@example.org @WindowFilmInfo
Analyst/Investor Relation: Florence TRIOU-TEIXEIRA: +33-1-47-62-45-19 Vivien DARDEL: +33-1-47-62-44-29 Alexandra BAUBIGEAT: +33-1-47-62-30-93