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Saint Gobain Inaugurates India’s Largest Plasterboard Plant

Construction products major Gyproc India, part of Saint-Gobain Group, has inaugurated its largest plasterboard manufacturing facility at Jhagadia in Gujarat this January. Saint-Gobain chairman and CEO Pierre-Andréde Chalendar inaugurated the new manufacturing plant, which is projected to be India’s largest gypsum-based plasterboard manufacturing facility with annual capacity of 30 million sqm.The company has invested Rs 350 crore to set up this facility, while it also has plants in Haryana, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Speaking on the sidelines of the plant inauguration, Chalendar said, “As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, India is an important market for Saint-Gobain. Being a global leader in the construction industry we see lot of opportunities in India to utilise our expertise in sustainable building solutions to enhance human habitats and promote well-being in living spaces. Over the past two decades we have consistently invested in India in developing new markets, in building new world-class manufacturing facilities, in technology and in human capital.” He added that the company focuses on research and development and that its world class Saint-Gobain Research India (SGRI) facility in Chennai is developing innovative solutions for markets such as India. “The Jhagadia plant, which incorporates the best technology, will help us grow and serve the Indian market.”

According to de Chalendar,India has been witnessing ever increasing demand for infrastructure owing to rapid growth in urban population along with scarcity of land. The company estimates that in the next 20 years more than 68 cities will have populations exceeding one million, and therefore the construction sector is expected to remain buoyant as growing demand requires developers to go for high-rise constructions and explore faster, greener and more efficient construction methods. “Gypsum plasterboard based ceilings and drywall solutions are ideal for such construction as they are lightweight, environmentally friendly, facilitate faster construction and offer a lot of flexibility in terms of aesthetics. They can be designed to deliver a superior performance across comfort parameters like acoustics, thermal, visual, air-quality and provide fire-safety as well.”

In line with the government’s focus on rejuvenation of existing cities and urban areas as part of its urban development mission, Saint-Gobain’s Gyproc business in India is taking the lead in offering efficient and green construction solutions and has already gained a strong foothold in the construction market. Speaking on the development, Anand Mahajan, general delegate, Saint-Gobain Group in India, said,“India is amongst the best performing regions for Saint-Gobain and it has been our constant endeavour to develop the markets by bringing the best technologies and building world-class manufacturing facilities, in line with the government’s ‘Make in India’ mission.” Over the years, said Mahajan, the company has made significant investments across all its businesses – Glass for Buildings and Automotive, Gypsum Plasterboard and Plasters, Abrasives, Ceramic Materials, Performance Plastics and so on. “Today, more than 95% of our local sales are from products manufactured in India. We believe that our Gyproc business has the potential to play an important role in shaping the future of the Indian construction landscape. The Jhagadia plant is our 22nd manufacturing entity in India and will help us further strengthen our leadership position in the gypsum industry,”commented Mahajan.

Added Venkat Subramanian, regional CEO-construction products and Gyproc India managing director, “As a pioneer in the gypsum industry, our Gyproc business in India has been at the forefront of developing the construction market through end-to-end design and system capability, innovative products and solutions.” According to Subramanian, the company has been dedicatedly working towards creating new categories in interior spaces through smart marketing campaigns and continuously building awareness through close engagement with architects and contractors. “Over the past decade Gyproc India has successfully created a robust distribution network and our strategically located Jhagadia plant will help us serve our customers across India more effectively,” he said. On the skilling front, Subramanian shared that Gyproc India is an active contributor to the Skill India initiative and that it partners with training institutes to address the skill gap by creating employable high-quality workforce.

“As a market leader, the Gyproc business is committed to grow the gypsum industry through its market development efforts, distributed manufacturing footprint, innovative products and solutions, skill development, research and development and superior customer service,” averred Subramanian. ')}

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