Innovation at Saint-Gobain

Research and innovation are at the heart of Saint-Gobain’s strategy. The Group supports the development of sub-Saharan Africa by providing a range of services and solutions tailored to local demand.

Innovation at Saint-Gobain   

The Top 100 Global Innovators programme identifies the most innovative companies and research structures.

The selection is based on four criteria:

  • The success rate of patent applications;
  • The international scope of the patent portfolio;
  • The influence of the patent in terms of the number of citations in the professional literature; and
  • The number of patents.

Since 2010, Saint-Gobain has consistently been recognised as one of the 100 most innovative companies in the world among Thomson Reuters’ top 100 Global Innovator Companies.

The Group’s strategic growth, combined with the gradual transformation of the habitat and construction markets, has created a spirit of openness and attentiveness to customer needs at Saint-Gobain. To meet customer expectations and anticipate emerging demand, the Group is developing new research skills and fostering a stronger culture of partnership and co-development.

Innovation at Saint-Gobain Gyproc

The Saint-Gobain Gyproc Research and Development department is located in Brakpan, about 50 km south of Johannesburg (South Africa).

With more than 50 years of expertise, it aims at supporting the following three areas of proficiency:

New product developments

Saint-Gobain always strives to meet market needs. The Research and Development department assists marketing teams with product evaluation and development as well as with adapting systems to local needs.

All the new products developed need to achieve high standards of performance in terms of ease of use, comfort and wellbeing for the end user. They also need to meet life cycle analysis requirements (i.e. no negative impact on the environment).

Supply chain performance

Raw material sourcing strategies are critical to the business. The Research and Development department supports the business through chemical analyses and material testing during the evaluation and qualification of new or alternative raw materials for use in the plaster and plasterboard manufacturing processes. The impact of the extraction, source and use of these raw materials on the environment is assessed at the same time.

Operations and process optimisation

Operations and process optimisation aim at minimising the cost and use of resources as well as maximising the throughput and/or efficiency of the manufacturing process. The Research and Development team delivers technical support to the plant process teams during product trials and process optimisation projects.

Since 2015, Saint-Gobain has been reinforcing its presence in sub-Saharan Africa.

To accompany Saint-Gobain’s development in the region, the Research and Development department also supports activities in the Saint-Gobain Gypsum plants in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, through raw material analyses, product testing and plaster formulation development.

Innovation at Saint-Gobain Weber

Located in Alrode, about 20 km south from Johannesburg (South Africa), the Saint-Gobain Weber Research and Development department was founded in 2013. Its work is focused on tile fixing, flooring, technical mortars, ETICS (External Thermal Insulation Composite System) and facades.

Saint-Gobain Weber solutions are developed through extensive research and development and are subject to strict quality control procedures.

The department aims at supporting the following four areas of proficiency:

  • Raw materials evaluation
  • Formulation validation or optimisation to meet standards and customer requirements (eg. optimisation of the basecoat formulation for ETICS);
  • New product development (eg. Weber Floor WB 300, self-levelling screed, specifically for Vinyls, launched in 2015); and
  • Quality compliance, environmental impact and technical assistance.

Innovation at Saint-Gobain Isover

The local energy crisis has placed the focus firmly on developing new cost-effective and high-efficiency insulation solutions for the technical and building markets.

These products provide customers with solutions that enable them to meet and exceed the increasing requirements of legislation, with ever-increasing levels of comfort and energy saving.

Working closely with Saint-Gobain’s international research and development teams, the local teams have developed leading solutions for the widest possible range of technically demanding insulation requirements.

In future, Saint-Gobain Isover plans to launch a glasswool solution that will deliver excellent performance and improved installation comfort, will be more environmentally friendly and will improve health and wellbeing.

To read more: Saint-Gobain Isover invests in research into affordable housing in South Africa

Did you know ?

At Saint-Gobain, 1 product in 4 sold today was developed in the last 5 years.

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From Saint-Gobain - Thu, 28/11/2019 - 09:26
Singapore-based construction 3D printing company Hamilton Holdings has teamed up with Ang Cheng Guan Construction (ACG) and Saint-Gobain to establish Hamilton Labs Additive Manufacturing & Robotics Hub and to drive 3D concrete printing and digital construction in Singapore. The Hub will see the deployment of robotics, automation technologies and advanced manufacturing methodologies. In the collaboration, Saint-Gobain will take on the role of exclusive materials supply and R&D innovations in the additive manufacturing space. Saint-Gobain’s well-established track record in building materials make them an ideal partner in the Hub. Ang Cheng Guan Construction brings with them a wide spectrum of building

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From Saint-Gobain - Fri, 13/09/2019 - 16:59
A Nantes, Santé-Atlantique a fait le choix de l’innovation pour améliorer le confort de ses patients !

En équipant son service ambulatoire d’espaces d’accueil « Îlots » de verres PRIVA-LITE à occultation commandée, Santé-Atlantique offre à ses patients un espace privé et intime se dés-opacifiant sur demande !

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The best #architecture projects of 2019 list celebrates 100 destinations in the world to visit, stay, eat and drink. Selected by the Time magazine global team of editors, the places have been evaluated based on quality, originality, innovation, sustainability and social impact. The V&A Dundee and the National Museum of Qatar are both using Saint-Gobain products!

Enterprise Innovation in Saint-Gobain’s DNA

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From Saint-Gobain - Fri, 10/05/2019 - 09:12

[L'industrie c'est fou] #LumiPod, une petite maison made in France à poser dans la nature, développé en partenariat avec Saint-Gobain > La caractéristique clef de la petite maison est sa fenêtre. Il s’agit en fait du produit breveté par Lumicene : une vaste baie vitrée coulissante en forme de courbe à 180 degrés. Ce produit est fabriqué à Chambéry (Savoie) par Sovedys (filiale de Saint-Gobain). Il a été conçu pour “réinventer la relation dedans-dehors dans le logement”. “Il optimise les apports solaires et s’inscrit dans une démarche d’habitat à énergie positive”.

L'innovation permanente, une culture à développer dans les grandes entreprises

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From Saint-Gobain - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 14:17

« Clairement l'innovation s'accélère et c'est directement lié à l'émergence du numérique »

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Sekurit mise sur le pare-brise du futur « made in France »

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From Saint-Gobain - Fri, 15/03/2019 - 13:45
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Leaders Talk Kandu : l’impact du bien-être au travail sur la productivité des entreprises

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From Saint-Gobain - Wed, 20/02/2019 - 11:45

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This 350-year-old company is getting into the accelerator game

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From Saint-Gobain - Thu, 14/02/2019 - 10:00
The external ventures arm of Malvern-based Saint-Gobain is on the hunt for startups disrupting the building and construction game.

Automobile : toutes les nouveautés du CES 2019 de Las Vegas

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From Saint-Gobain - Wed, 09/01/2019 - 08:52
Le pare-brise développé par Saint-Gobain sert d'écran sur lequel sont projetées diverses informations.

La France championne d'Europe de l'innovation

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From Saint-Gobain - Mon, 23/07/2018 - 15:21

TOP 100. La R&D française excelle dans certains domaines, plaçant le pays au 3e rang mondial de l'innovation, derrière le Japon et les Etats-Unis.

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