Saint-Gobain Sekurit has been a leading manufacturer of car glazing for over 80 years. As part of the Saint-Gobain Group, they have access to more than 300 years of experience and know-how. They also provide high added-value products and services. Even presently, Saint-Gobain Sekurit is the preferred partner of the automobile industry when it comes to automotive glazing and with good reason, they expand the possibilities of their customers. Compagnie de Saint-Gobain S.A. is a French multinational corporation, founded in 1665 in Paris and headquartered on the outskirts of Paris, at La Défense and in Courbevoie.
Saint-Gobain equipped its first “vehicle”, the sedan chair of Louis XIV’s architect, Jules Hardouin Mansart, in 1699. Originally a mirror manufacturer, it now also produces a variety of construction, high-performance, and other materials. In 1830, just as Louis-Philippe became King of the newly restored French Monarchy, Saint-Gobain was transformed into a Public Limited Company and became independent from the state for the first time.
Although mirrors remained their primary source of business, this company aimed to expand their reach to include window panes, sunroofs, thick mirrors, room dividers, laminated mirrors, and more. Saint-Gobain experienced significant success in the early 20th century. In 1918 the company diversified its manufacturing to bottles, jars, tableware and domestic glassware. Around 1937, the company developed three new glassmaking techniques and processes; first, a dipping technique used to coat car windows, which prevented glass from shattering in the event of an accident.
A few years later, another technique was developed that allowed glass to be shaped and bent. Finally, a process was developed to coat glass with aluminium, allowing it to be used as a conductor, and allowed the company to create products such as glass heaters. Pierre-André de Chalendar is the current Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of the Saint-Gobain group. The Innovative Materials division conducts research into various areas of materials science, energy, the environment, and medicine. This division consists of ‘Saint-Gobain Sekurit’ (Flat Glass subsidiary). One out of two European cars is equipped with automotive glazing from Saint-Gobain Sekurit. Their activities include flat glass, high-performance materials, construction products and building distribution. With about 16,400 employees in this division, Saint-Gobain Sekurit is a European and worldwide leader in all these business sectors. The Sekurit department is headquartered in Paris. They provide high-quality products and services in three market sectors-
- Automotive glass installed by automakers (OEM).
- Automotive glass replacement (Aftermarket).
- Glass for transport vehicles like trucks, lorries, etc.
Professional commitment, integrity, loyalty are a few group principles of conduct and employee rights, care for the environment and workers safety are the group principles of action. These values shape each team member’s liability towards the company. Saint-Gobain Sekurit has 24 glazing plants worldwide. It is interesting to note that in 2005, in Detroit, Ferrari launched its first car with a ‘switchable’ sunroof made by this company.
In order to maintain its position of being a leading glassmaker of the world, Saint-Gobain Sekurit seeks individuals with distinct qualities like versatility, appreciation of multi-cultural environments. Their iconic products are introduced into the market through five families- Acoustic comfort, design and style, energy efficiency, thermal comfort and visual comfort. A few of the products are HUD windshields which enable safe driving and focus on the road since the information you need will always be accurately displayed on your field of view, whatever the driving conditions. Another product they have introduced is Lightweight glass.
Their continuous optimisation has led to the innovation of an incredibly thin glass to help reduce the environmental impact. It reduces your vehicles’ fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for maximum efficiency. They also offer laminated glass, to prevent UV rays from entering the car and many more products which enhance the overall comfort of the passengers. With around 19 manufacturing countries in America, Asia, Europe and Africa, they have proven to be a reliable automotive glazing company