Asia-Pacific and South East Asia have been
in high priority for the international expansion of Saint-Gobain,
and all the Group’s divisions are present in the region.
By localizing the technical expertise and global materials
experience of the Saint-Gobain Group, we have created strong
business and customer relationships, and established our products
and brand names in all major markets.
As the region matures as a manufacturing
base and as an enormous market in its own right, our development
is accelerating-not only in the several markets with huge
growth potential, but also in other Asia-Pacific countries
where our market positions are still well short of our potential.
A key part of our approach is establishing joint ventures
with existing local partners, finding and developing technical
and marketing synergies that allow all parties to share in
success on a broader stage.
Our operations in South East Asia with more
than 10 plants are in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia
and Vietnam with more than 2,000 employees. Moreover, Saint-Gobain
General Delegation Asia Pacific, South East Asia headquarter
is based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Saint-Gobain employs about 17,000 people
in the Asia-Pacific region. We have a major presence China,
with nearly 11,700 people working in more than 45 companies
operating in all our business sectors. Our presence in China
is strongest in and around Beijing and Shanghai, but extends
to Mudanjiang in the north, to Guangzhou in the south, and
as far inland as Xining. Saint-Gobain is actively pursuing
future growth opportunities in China.
Japan is the site of our General Delegation
headquarters for Asia-Pacific region. Our nearly 450 employees
in Japan are working in flat glass, ceramics and plastics,
and abrasives, supplying leading industries with sophisticated
products and technical services.
Saint-Gobain had been operating in Korea
for more than ten years. Through a major partnership with
Hankuk Glass Industries we are co-leader in the nation’s
flat glass extending to new business development throughout
North East Asia and China. And in the Pacific region Saint-Gobain
has plants and sales offices throughout Australia and in New
Saint-Gobain has for more than 300
years proven its ability to think, innovate, and grow. We
are confident that both the South East Asia region and our
role in it share an outstanding future.