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The Indian Eye

The Newsletter of the Saint-Gobain Group in India
May-Aug '17
Mr. A. R. Unnikrishnan, Head – Sales & Marketing, Glass has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Saint-Gobain India Pvt. Ltd. with effect from
1st June, 2017. He will be designated as Director – Sales & Marketing, SGIPL – Glass Business.
With effect from 23rd May, 2017, Mr. Krishna Prasad, Vice President - Ceramics & Plastics and Corporate Services has been appointed as an Alternate Director to Ms. Marie- Armelle Chupin and will be designated as 'Executive Director - Corporate Services', Grindwell Norton Limited.
Gyproc becomes the first Indian manufacturer in Gypsum industry to receive ISI certification
SGRI wins Best Presentation Award at CSG Research Seminar 2017
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Glass Business receives Bhamashah Award 2017
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Annual Conferences at India Delegation
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Gyproc’s Bangalore Site wins CSG’s Health Ruby Award 2017
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Flat Glass’ Annual Excellence Award 2017
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GNO’s Mora plant receives Bronze Status at the WCM Audit
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CSR Initiatives by Flat Glass India
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Gyproc launches HabitoTM a revolutionary gypsum board
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Ceiling Visualizer Tool from Gyproc
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Gyproc introduces Leadership Development Program
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Effective Personal
Productivity Training at
SEPR India
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Value Stream Mapping Workshop at Crystals Business
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‘Reflections’ and ‘Rainbow’ Closure Sessions for First Six Batches
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Gyproc becomes the first Indian manufacturer in Gypsum industry to receive ISI certification
Saint-Gobain India’s Gyproc Business received the ‘ISI (Indian Standards Institute) certification’ for its Gypsum plasterboards from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in June 2017.
This is the first time that a manufacturer
in India has received an ISI mark for its
gypsum plasterboards, recognition for
the highest standard of manufacturing
in the country. The certification has
been granted for the plasterboards manufactured at the Wada plant and is
valid via IS No: IS 2095: Part 1: 2011.
It has been awarded for robust quality,
safety and assurance standards of the plasterboards.
ISI marked boards are the most preferred choice for all sectors and are becoming increasingly prevalent in the growing urban clusters across the country. The ISI certification is a significant milestone for the business to continue with its commitment to the highest quality standards whilst becoming the reference for sustainable habitat in India.

Gyproc launches HabitoTM - an Innovative Solution in the gypsum board space
Saint-Gobain India’s Gyproc Business unveiled HabitoTM, a revolutionary gypsum board that offers enhanced performance in load fixing strength, robustness and acoustics. HabitoTM, a new variant in the drywall space, is designed to provide customers greater flexibility in terms of space and ease the process of loading on drywall.
It delivers load carrying capacity of 120 kg (i.e.30 kg on each screw) due to its dense core and patented technology that allows users to easily fix TV brackets, cabinets, white board, lacquered glass, wall hanging instruments or any other heavy items. HabitoTM can be installed by fixing the screws directly into the wall without the need of having specialized fixings or using ply support. Apart from its fixing strength, the board absorbs knocks and bangs and dramatically reduces wear and tear on the wall.
The product was launched in two separate events in Mumbai and Bangalore in the presence of Mr. Jonathan Cherry, Global Marketing Manager – Saint-Gobain Gypsum Activity, Mr. Venkat Subramanian – Regional CEO, Construction Products India & Managing Director – Gyproc Business and Mr. Sudeep Kolte, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Gyproc Business.

Ceiling Visualizer Tool from Gyproc
Gyproc Business recently launched a Ceiling Visualizer Tool that allows homeowners to explore a wide range of designer ceiling options for their homes. Available on its corporate website, the tool offers a 360-degree view of ceiling designs for every room. The tool further allows users to view design combinations basis their wall colour, light arrangements, furniture & other accessories. The users can also save the chosen design in form of an image for future reference. Equipped with a user-friendly interface, this unique online tool offers a one-of-a- kind experience to Indian home décor market.

SGRI wins Best Presentation Award at CSG Research Seminar 2017
A presentation made by team members from Saint-Gobain Research India (SGRI) and Northborough Research and Development Centre (NRDC) received the ‘Best Presentation’ Award at the Compagnie de Saint-Gobain (CSG) Annual Research Seminar 2017. The seminar was held at Paris in June 2017 and was attended by more than 150 team members from CSG’s transversal R&D centres and technical centres across the world.
Titled as ‘Acoustics Comfort: Product Development to Customer
Solutions’, the award-winning presentation focused on the evolution
of acoustics competency at SGRI and its association with the Saint-
Gobain businesses in India in developing acoustic comfort solutions
for our customers. The team also spoke about the science, simulation and test methods that have enabled SGRI to combine ceiling, gypsum, glass and insulation products and offer specific solutions for cafeterias, open offices, conference rooms, cabins and industrial spaces.
A total of six team members from SGRI attended this year’s seminar. Each team member got an opportunity to present the recent developments and contributions made by SGRI to support the businesses in India. Presentations were made on topics like shock absorber bonded abrasive wheel, habitat solutions for hot and humid climates, customer- driven innovation for glass interiors, structure-property-process relationships in laminated glass, acoustic projects for the Indian market and developments on backlite for Tesla motors. The team also participated in collaborative sessions on both technical areas such as sensors, online measurements, 3D printing, Thin Wheel aging and broader topics such as customer intimacy, external innovation and innovation tools.
The seminar concluded with the closing remarks by Mr. Didier Roux, Chief Technology Officer, CSG with an emphasis on “basic science to business” and the award ceremony.
About CSG Research Seminar: The Compagnie de Saint-Gobain (CSG) Research Seminar is an annual event which brings together researchers from across Saint-Gobain’s transversal R&D centers and technical centers to highlight impactful research projects & new technology avenues and foster a forum for scientific and technical exchange within Saint-Gobain’s research community.

Gyproc’s Bangalore Site wins CSG’s Health Ruby Award 2017
The Bangalore site of Gyproc Business has been awarded “Health Ruby” for its "Industrial Hygiene Project for Noise Reduction” from Compagnie de Saint-Gobain (CSG). It is the first plant within the Group in India to receive this recognition.
The project was conducted to reduce
noise levels that affect employees’
health over a period of time. The
project resulted in reduction of noise
from above the set limits (above 85dB)
to within the limits (below 80dB) and
prevented noise exposure at many work stations benefiting the employees.
With this recognition, the site is now listed amongst the first six sites within the Group worldwide to receive the award. In its first edition, Health Rubies were awarded to sites within the Group worldwide for demonstrating exemplary commitment towards health.
Mr. Saravan Kumar, Plant Manager – Bangalore, accepted the award from Mr. Pierre-André De Chalender – Chairman and CEO, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain at the ceremony held in Paris on 19th May, 2017.

Glass Business receives Bhamashah Award 2017
For the second consecutive year, Saint-Gobain India’s – Glass Business has been awarded the prestigious Bhamashah Award from the Government of Rajasthan for improving the infrastructural facilities at the government schools in the Alwar district of Rajasthan.
As a part of its socially responsible actions, the Glass Business has been working on various programs such as water conservation, Aanganwadi development, support in the improvement of the school infrastructure and other developmental activities in the district of Alwar.
Mr. T. K. Chakraborty - Team Leader, Operations & Mr. T. R. Chaudhary, Team Leader - Human Resources, received the award from Ms. Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Honorable Chief Minister, Government of Rajasthan and Prof. Mr. Vasudev Devnani, Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education, Government of Rajasthan on 28th June, 2017.
About Bhamashah Award: Instituted in 1995 by the Government of Rajasthan, the award is named after Bhamashah - the loyal and trusted treasurer of Rana Pratap, the then emperor of Mewar. The award recognizes innovative and comprehensive CSR efforts that have made a deep impact on the economic and social upliftment of the society.

Flat Glass’ Annual Excellence Award 2017
The Annual Excellence Awards at Flat Glass Business is a red carpet event that recognizes individuals and teams for their exceptional contribution in-line with the business objectives. This year, 153 employees were felicitated at the ceremony held in Chennai on 10th July ’17.
From improving productivity, reducing costs, going the extra mile for customer satisfaction, achieving quality consistency to conforming to safety norms, the award ceremony applauded champions and projects that made an impact in the period between Jan 2015 to Dec 2016.

GNO’s Mora plant receives Bronze Status at the WCM Audit
The Mora plant of Grindwell Norton Ltd. (GNO) has been awarded a Bronze status at the WCM audit conducted in June 2017. The audit was conducted by Mr. Bernard Poullain, Deputy Director, WCM, Innovative Materials Sector & his team. The Mora team scored a total of 46 points in the two-day audit and made it to the Bronze status. The Mora plant is the 63rd plant within the Group worldwide and the 4th plant within the Group in India to receive the Bronze award. From the WCM perspective, over the past 18 months, the plant has achieved a significant transformation in terms of the operational parameters and visual look. Moving ahead, the team is now working towards achieving the Silver status at the 2018 audit.
In the past, within the Group in India, Crystals Business’ Bangalore plant, Sekurit Business’ Chennai plant and SEPR India Business’ Palakkad plant have received the WCM Bronze status.

Gyproc introduces Leadership Development Program
With an objective to build on the leadership capabilities of the Manager Group, Saint-Gobain India’s Gyproc Business introduced a multi-module Leadership Development Program for its Senior Managers (M15 and above) in May 2017.
Highlights of the program:
• A workshop on 7 habits of Highly Effective People (by Franklin Covey) was conducted to help the participants identify and assess the key habits required for being an effective leader
• A customized ‘Gyproc Leadership Development Tool’ has been designed by Thomas Assessment to identify the individual development needs of the participants and broadly measure critical competencies for their leadership roles
• A questionnaire was circulated to the participants prior to the program and basis their responses a 360-degree feedback report was generated through the tool. The questionnaire was based on 10 identified competencies that included the five Saint-Gobain attitudes along with managerial competencies like business focus, emotional resilience and collaborative team working. The report provided a summary of the scores from the respondents. An analysis was made basis the report to identify each respondent’s strengths and areas of development
• One-on-one feedback session was then organized with external assessors in which the reports were interpreted and the participants were provided a personalized leadership development plan for an impactful transition
The two-day program was conducted in two separate batches and was attended by 40 Senior Managers in Mumbai.
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Value Stream Mapping Workshop at Crystals Business
With a view to better the Value Stream Mapping (VSM) Technique, a three-day workshop was organized at Crystals’ Bangalore plant from 7th – 9th April, 2017. The workshop included classroom training and an on-field exercise model.
As a part of the training, participants were asked to draw a value stream map - a paper-and-pencil representation of the entire process including material and information flow along with key performance metrics and other data for one of the critical customer delivery models. The map depicted the present-day workflow process, the common challenges faced and the non-value adding activities that cropped-up during the process. Through discussions, group activities and hands-on exercises, topics like differentiating value from waste, eliminating the sources of waste by creating accurate current-state maps and building leaner future-state maps were deliberated. In the end, participants learnt how to see the entire value stream for a particular process, how to identify and eliminate waste, what makes a value stream lean and how to develop a plan to achieve results.
Team members from diverse functions including Production, Customer Support, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Maintenance, Quality Control, Logistics, Engineering, Finance and Human Resources attended the workshop.
About Value Stream Mapping:
Value stream Mapping is a lean-management method for analyzing the current state and designing a future state for the series of events that take a product or service from its beginning through to the customer.
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Effective Personal Productivity Training at SEPR India
SEPR India organized
an Effective Personal
Productivity (EPP)
training program for
its people managers
at Palakkad in June
2017. Spread across
a series of 8 training
sessions over a span of
4 months, the program
provided insights on
managerial techniques
to bridge the gap
between current performance and the future potential of people. As a part of the program, 20 managers from Palakkad and Perundurai sites were taken through a structured workshop that focused on simple work methodologies for improving personal productivity and collaborating effectively as a team.
Goal setting and management, evaluating and making attitudinal and behavioral changes, controlling priorities, effective communication, anticipation of hurdles and finding solutions were some of the topics that were discussed during the training sessions. Participants were made to present their learnings as a part of the concluding ceremony held in Palakkad on 17th June, 2017.
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‘Reflections’ and ‘Rainbow’ Closure Sessions for First Six Batches
The concluding sessions for the first six batches of Grindwell Norton’s Leadership Development programs ‘Reflections’ and ‘Rainbow’ were held on 16th-17th June at Mumbai and 14th-15th July at Bangalore. The focus of the concluding sessions was to provide a platform for the participants to apply the learnings of the 6 sessions that were held as a part of the program. This was done through a facilitated case study based methodology. The participants worked in groups to analyze, apply learnings and present cases that were handpicked from the Harvard Business School library. The session was facilitated by Dr. Kalim Khan, a renowned external facilitator and the GNO Management Team. The Management Team also took this opportunity to interact and share their perspectives on the cases while providing a practical insight into the application of program. The participants were presented with the Program Completion certificates as a part of the concluding ceremony.
About the Reflections and Rainbow Program:
The first six batches of ‘Reflections’ (for M15-M17) and ‘Rainbow’ (for M13-M14) were launched simultaneously at Mumbai and Bangalore in July 2015. A total of six sessions were conducted over a period of 18 months with a strategic interim gap between each session for participants to apply the learnings in daily work life. The program revolves around 3 main pillars of managing self, managing others and managing work with 2 modules under each pillar. Multiple participant batches have been formed and locations have been identified where the programs will be conducted in future. Till date, more than 200 participants have been covered through this program.
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Annual Conferences at India Delegation
Organized from 16th-19th August, the Finance Conference began with the welcome address by Mr. Deepak Chindarkar, Vice President – Finance & IT, Delegation & GNO. In his presentation, Mr. Chindarkar shared departmental updates while setting the context for the conference. This was followed by the General Delegate’s address. Mr. Anand Mahajan spoke about updates related to the India Delegation and the way ahead for both the Group and the finance professionals. Prior to the conference, participants were divided into sub-groups and were expected to prepare on topics to be presented at the conference. Digital - future of finance, recent developments in direct tax, updates on transactional banking & CAPEX projects across India, Compliances & Controls and GST implementation were some of the topics presented and discussed.
‘Art of HR’ was the theme for this year’s HR Conference that was organized from 3rd-5th August, 2017. The theme was decided based on the submissions made by teams outlining the HR Conference Design. Two winning teams received accolades for submitting the best proposals. Titled under the banner of ‘Mission 50’ , this year, the teams presented live projects that led to significant impact on people/ business within a period of 50 days. Functional Employee Relations Score, Entry Level Manning Strategy, Gender Diversity a Priority, Recruitment Process to enhance quality of hires, People Constituency were some of the topics that were discussed and deliberated at length.
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In his presentation, Mr. Anand Mahajan shared an overview of the business while setting the context for this year’s conference. Mr. B. Santhanam, President and Managing Director, Flat Glass – South Asia, Malaysia & Egypt and Mr. R. Subramanian, Managing Director, Glass & Glass Solutions also addressed the team on the next wave and the future focus for HR. A session on SG Attitudes was organized on the concluding day of the conference.
The Annual IT Conference was held from 25th-28th July and was attended by key IT resources from INDEC and the senior management team within the Group. The agenda of the conference was to share perspectives on the company’s growth, brainstorm on ideas and craft a vision for the future. In-line with the agenda, presentations on the plans and actions to be implemented were made by the senior management team. Prior to the conference, participants were divided into five work groups with each group presenting case studies and ideas to implement and align with the SG attitudes. The presentations made by the teams contributed in identifying specific initiatives to enhance the “INDEC Experience” and “Customer Experience”.
The 8th Annual World Class Manufacturing (WCM) Conference for the Saint-Gobain Group in India was organized on 23rd June, 2017 at Bangalore. The theme for the conference was “Automation & Digitalization >> Leveraging Productivity”. During the conference, strategies to move maximum number of plants towards WCM Bronze were discussed. A number of case studies, best practices & experiences were presented by the Operation Directors
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and their teams in line with the theme. Saint-Gobain Research India (SGRI) presented its vision to support digitalization and new development initiatives for the Group in India. WCM teams also got an opportunity to present the best Kaizen projects from all the core pillars. 160 delegates including Managing Directors, General Managers, Business and Plant Managers of Group Companies in India attended the conference.
The 14th Annual Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) conference for the Saint-Gobain Group in India was held on 22nd June, 2017 in Bangalore. 120 delegates, including senior management across businesses in India, EHS team members, Plant & Operation managers and dignitaries from Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, Paris came together for this year’s conference. At the daylong event, the best EHS initiatives across businesses in India were showcased through detailed presentations. These included EHS progress at GNO, Mora, water conservation projects at Glass’ Bhiwadi plant, noise reduction project at Gyproc’ Bangalore plant and non-recovered waste reduction at Glass’ plant at Sriperumbudur. As a part of the concluding ceremony, Delegation EHS awards for the year 2016 were presented to all the winners.
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CSR Initiatives by Flat Glass India
A series of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives were organized by the Flat Glass Business in and around its sites at Bhiwadi, Chennai and Jhagadia.
• As a part of its Health & Hygiene initiatives and in-line with the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the Bhiwadi team facilitated the construction of separate toilets for boys and girls in around the site. The initiative has benefitted more than 300 students from the Government schools. The team also constructed eco-friendly bio- digestive toilets at a Government school near its site. This has benefitted more than 70 students including both boys and girls
• In order to promote creative skills pertaining to art and crafts in government schools, an Art & Craft training workshop was organized in three schools near the Bhiwadi site. Through the day-long workshop, students got to learn new and easy-to-adopt art-n-craft ideas and techniques. 90 girls benefited through this program
• The team from Chennai has been providing support to 9 state government schools in its vicinity for creating a model of Swachh Vidyalaya. Swachh Vidyalaya Scheme, an offshoot of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, is a government program aimed at improving the hygiene conditions at government schools with poor infrastructure. As a part of this initiative, the team has been working actively to create awareness on sanitization, construct separate toilets for girls and boys and facilitate cost effective and eco-friendly technologies for safe and sustainable hygiene conditions.

Nearly 4000 school students, out of which nearly 2400 are girls, have benefited through this initiative
In April 2017, the Chennai team organized a Career Guidance seminar in Coimbatore for the children of Police Officers. At the day-long program, students from diverse streams received guidance from experts on setting a clear goal, choosing right career option, availability of the streams and prospects that each stream offered. Over 150 students attended the program
With the aim to equip school children with the latest technology and computer systems, Jhagadia team donated 18 computers and computer tables to two government primary schools based near the plant. The initiative has benefitted around 425 students


Taking the Pledge – Crystals Business, Bangalore
Sapling plantation - SGIPL – Glass Business, Jhagadia
World Environment Day Celebration
Sapling plantation – GNO, Bangalore
Skit Competition in nearby school – GNO, Himachal Pradesh

Session on Astrology – Crystals Business, Bangalore
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Learning Week 2017
Session on Yoga & Classical Dance – GNO, Bangalore
‘Grow from Within’ Session – GNO, Halol
Health Talk – FSSC, Mumbai
Yoga Session – GNO, Himachal Pradesh

Session on Financial Wellness – HO, Mumbai
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Leaders’ Speak – SG INDEC
Photography Workshop – GNO, Nagpur
Session on Theatre Art – SGRI, Chennai
Session on Video Making – SEPR India Business

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