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As the world leader in designing, manufacturing and distributing construction materials, Saint-Gobain’s global strategy is focused around meeting some of the fundamental challenges faced by the world today: reducing energy consumption, limiting our impact on the environment, and creating a new generation of buildings which are safe, comfortable and energy efficient.

With 2011 sales of €42.1 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has around 195,000 employees. In the UK and Ireland, some of the best known and respected companies in the construction industry are part of Saint-Gobain. These include British Gypsum, Isover, Solaglas, Weber, Saint-Gobain Glass, Saint-Gobain PAM, Pasquill, Ecophon and Saint-Gobain Solar. Together they offer a range of high performance energy-saving products and solutions to help create a more sustainable built environment.

Saint-Gobain has been represented in the UK and Ireland for 25 years. In 1985, the first major acquisition took place of Stanton Plc from British Steel, now known as Saint-Gobain PAM UK. This was followed by acquisitions in the both the High-Performance Materials and Flat Glass sectors, most notably the acquisition of Solaglas in 1990.

In 1996, a General Delegation was formed to serve the needs of the UK and Ireland. A period of intense acquisition and growth activity followed with the announcement in 1997 of a £65 million investment to build a float glass plant in North Yorkshire and in the £1.4 billion acquisition of Meyer International (now Saint-Gobain Building Distribution) the UK’s leading builders’ merchant, owner of the Jewson and Graham merchant chains, in 2000.

Since 2001, over 70 acquisitions have been undertaken, adding over 200 sites, 6000 employees and circa £1 billion added turnover to the region. This has mainly been generated via the Saint-Gobain Building Distribution division who have undertaken a vigorous acquisition strategy, developing in both Ireland and the Channel Islands. However, the largest single acquisition came in 2005 with the purchase of the BPB Group, now the Saint-Gobain Gypsum division, which added 12,500 people and 130 sites to the Group.

Today, the UK and Ireland employs 16,500 people across 1000 sites.

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