MOSCOW (MRC) -- Saint-Gobain has invested in a new plant to produce advanced solution for construction applications, including a large variety of mortars, waterproofing and construction chemicals solutions, said Businesstoday.
Located on a 50,000m? land in Johor, the southern state of Malaysia, the factory, will be devoted to serve the Company’s growing Malaysian and Singaporean markets. Saint-Gobain has been present in Malaysia for over 20 years. and this new factory is the fifth industrial establishment of the Group in the country and the 28th in Southeast Asia.
Arham Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), commended Saint-Gobain’s continual confidence in Malaysia. Commenting on the Company’s latest expansion in Malaysia, he said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies to be applied in the manufacturing of products. Given that research and innovation are at the heart of Saint-Gobain’s strategy, we are excited to witness this latest undertaking here. We are confident that Saint-Gobain will further benefit from Malaysia’s strategic location, comprehensive global trade agreements, competitive cost of doing business, multi-facetted talent pool as well business friendly policies."
This latest addition to Saint-Gobain’s footprints in Malaysia gathers the best of the Company’s technologies and manufacturing processes. This new plant is also designed to produce 3D printing solutions to support their pioneer positioning in this new market segment. The capacity of the plant is scalable for future demands.
Moreover, to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the new plant will utilise natural gas with lower carbon dioxide emission. The Company is committed to continually seek out and invest in Industry 4.0, recycling, raw material and energy reduction to reach its desired goal.
Javier Gimeno, Senior Vice-President, CEO Saint-Gobain Asia-Pacific said, “This investment in Johor is a tangible proof of the long term commitment of Saint-Gobain with Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Indeed, we are convinced of the huge potential of development in these geographies whose markets are increasingly driven by innovation, technology, products’ performance and genuine respect of the environment. At Saint-Gobain we strive every day to excel in all these fields so that we can bring to our clients and the final users the best value proposition.”
Details about the plant’s costs or capacities in tonnes or pounds per year were not disclosed.
As per MRC, Saint-Gobain, the world's largest manufacturer of building materials, in 2015 opened the third plant in Russia for the production of dry building mixtures in the city of Yegoryevsk, Moscow Region. The total investment in the construction of the plant amounted to more than 500 million rubles. The construction of the facility started in October 2013; in September 2014, the first line for the production of dry mixes was put into operation at the enterprise. It is expected that the plant will produce 120 thousand tons of dry building mixtures annually.
As MRC informed before, Russia's output of chemical products rose in March 2021 by 5.4% year on year. Thus, production of basic chemicals increased year on year by 6.7% in the first moths months of 2021. March production of polymers in primary form was 958,000 tonnes versus 861,000 tonnes in February. Overall output of polymers in primary form totalled 2,740,000 tonnes over the stated period, up by 8.5% year on year.