The Newsletter of the Saint-Gobain Group in IndiaJan-Apr '18TF1 : 0.6012 rolling months (LTA) TF2 : 1.2712 rolling months(LTA and non-LTA) EHS BAROMETER FOR THE GROUP IN INDIAPublication Manager: Krishna PrasadEditor: Medha Shanbhag Content Executive: Neeraj KelkarSPOTLIGHTGyproc inaugurates India’s Largest Plasterboard Plant at JhagadiaRead MoreCONFERENCES & MEETSThe Saint-Gobain India Managers’ Meet 2018Read MoreREWARDING MOMENTSGlass Business’ Jhagadia Plant receives CII’s HR Excellence Award 2017 Read MoreGyproc bags 3 awards at Realty Plus INEX Awards '18Read MoreGNO Abrasives Wins Leader of Reference Award 2017 – Second Year in a Row!Read MoreAccolades for Crystals Business Read MoreAPPOINTMENTS Mr. Murali Chandrahasan, has been appointed as Head – Digital Manufacturing Competence Center, w.e.f. 12th March, 2018.IT’STIMETOACTSTAY TUNED to fnd out how to swing into action!Gear-up for the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Saint-Gobain Foundation (Globally and in India). Foundations’ Week: 11th – 15th June, 2018Stay tuned for more details! Read MoreSaint-Gobain India Delegation receives 2 Awards at the 57th ABCI Annual Awards 2017Read MoreMARKET BUZZGNO Abrasives Launches ‘Norton Car Spa’ Read MoreGrindwell Norton Participates in IREFCON 2018Read MoreGNO Abrasives participates in IPTEX 2018Read MoreTRAINING TIMEGNO Abrasives organizes ‘My Space’ Training Program Read MoreOUTREACHFlat Glass India’s CSR Initiatives Read MoreGlass Business Declares Winners of Transparence 12.0Read MoreWorkshop on Environmental Laws by Gyproc BusinessGyproc’s Jind Plant Receives Saksham Sathi Award Read More
2Gyproc inaugurates India’s Largest Plasterboard Plant at JhagadiaSaint-Gobain India’s Gyproc Business opened its new plasterboard manufacturing facility at Jhagadia (Gujarat) on 30th January, 2018. It is India’s largest plasterboard plant with an annual capacity of 30 million square meters. The construction work of the facility began in February 2016 and in record time, the Operations team manufactured the first saleable plasterboard in September 2017. Today, the facility is replete with latest technology and automation for enhancing productivity and process capability. As a market leader, the Gyproc business aims to continue to promote quality construction systems and expand its range of environmentally friendly products and solutions designed to maximize acoustic and thermal comfort, indoor air quality and fire resistance. This new investment will play a crucial role for the Business in serving the growing needs of the Indian market in dry and light weight construction space. Mr. Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and CEO - Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, Mr. Anand Mahajan, General Delegate - Saint-Gobain Group in India and Mr. Venkat Subramanian, Regional CEO Construction Products India & Managing Director - Gyproc India inaugurated the plant. Also present at the occasion were senior management and select team members from Gyproc India and Delegates from the Construction Products Sector, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain. 2
Jan-Apr '18 THE INDIAN EYE 3Glass Business Declares Winners of Transparence 12.0Saint-Gobain India’s Glass Business recognized architecture and design students at the Grand Finale of Transparence 2018 on March 10 in New Delhi. The theme of India’s largest competition in this sector was Wellbeing in Healing Spaces.The participants had to make sure that the five pillars of wellbeing - comfort, aesthetics, sustainability, health and happiness – were present in the design of these spaces. This 12th edition saw a record number of entries, with around 300 of them coming from over one hundred architecture and design schools in India. Twenty Five top institutions, including the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, IIT Kharagpur (West Bengal) and Manipal University (State of Karnataka), have adopted this subject as a curriculum project for their students, with credits and a faculty assigned as mentor. The regional and national winners were chosen by a panel of eminent Indian architects and received cumulative scholarships of INR 1,50,000. Apart from the contest winners, scholarships included rewarding 5 budding architects to empower their dreams and contribute to socially sensitive projects. The theme of the next edition, which will take place in 2019, will focus on working spaces.
4GNO Abrasives Launches ‘Norton Car Spa’ With a view to expand its portfolio under the Auto-after market segment, Grindwell Norton’s Abrasives Business recently forayed into Automotive Detailing Segment with the launch of its first flagship Car Detailing Studio at Indore on 11th March, 2018. Named as ‘Norton Car Spa’, the center offers a range of services right from basic cleaning and de-germification of the interiors and exteriors of the car to high-end paint protection systems. Norton Car Spa also provides a choice of products for home usage and services including high-performance ceramic coatings and paint protection films. The centre deploys highly trained technicians who are experts in offering its Car Detailing services. Senior Management from the Abrasives Business, select customers and media fraternity were present at the launch ceremony. 4
Jan-Apr '18 THE INDIAN EYE 5Grindwell Norton Participates in IREFCON 2018Grindwell Norton’s (GNO) High Performance Refractories Business and Refractory Zirconia Business participated in the 12th edition of India International Refractory Congress (IREFCON) 2018. The conference was held in New Delhi from 7th to 9th March, 2018. The theme for this year’s conference was “Refractory solutions through user collaboration”. Refractory makers from India and overseas came together to engage in a dialogue with the industry stakeholders and end consumers at the three-day long conference. Designed with the objective of aligning industry best practices with the global standards of operations and uses, IREFCON provided a unique platform for bridging the gap between the products developed by refractory manufacturers and the requirements of refractory users. An exhibition, consisting of more than 40 stalls, was also part of this year’s congress. More than 50 companies across the world displayed their latest product offerings and technologies at the exhibition.
GNO Abrasives participates in IPTEX 2018The Abrasives Business of Grindwell Norton (GNO) participated in the 5th edition of IPTEX 2018 in Mumbai from 22nd to 24th February, 2018. Designed to meet the growing need for excellence in all aspects of the gears and power transmission, the event provided a platform to highlight the latest gear manufacturing technology available to the Indian marketplace.At the event, the Abrasives team displayed a range of latest abrasive technologies and leading products for all Gear Grinding applications. The Business took this opportunity to launch ‘Xtrimium ’ – a new product portfolio for the Gear Grinding industry aimed at enhancing customer experience. About 1000 visitors from across the country visited the trade fair. The event also facilitated cross-business networking, creating new business opportunities for the industry stakeholders.
Jan-Apr '18 THE INDIAN EYE 7Glass Business’ Jhagadia Plant receives CII’s HR Excellence Award 2017The Jhagadia plant of Saint-Gobain India’s Glass Business has been conferred with Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII) HR Excellence Award for the year 2017. The plant received the award for its significant achievement in HR Excellence bases CII’s HR Excellence Model. The award stands testament to the plant’s focus towards empowering its employees and its constant endeavor to create a healthy work environment. The plant underwent onsite assessment based on stringent standards encompassing all aspects of human resource management. The dimensions included 1) Leadership (2) HR Strategy (3) Learning & Development (4) People Well Being and Employee Engagement (5) HR Management Processes/Practices and (6) The Results as Performance and Perception Indicators. Jhagadia plant achieved qualifying scores in all the mentioned dimensions in its maiden assessment year to receive the coveted recognition. The award ceremony took place at New Delhi on 19th February, 2018. The award was received by Mahalingam K, Team Leader - HR (Jhagadia), K. Balaji, Team Leader – HR, Learning & Development and Glass Solutions, Chennai, S. Selvakumar, Team Leader (Operations- Jhagadia) and T. R. Chaudhary, Team Leader – HR, Bhiwadi on behalf of the Business.
8GNO Abrasives Wins Leader of Reference Award 2017 – Second Year in a Row!GNO Abrasives received the prestigious 'Leader of Reference Award - 2017' for the second year in a row. The award was accepted collectively by GNO Abrasives' Senior Management team from Mr. Patrick Millot - President, Saint-Gobain Abrasives. The team received the coveted recognition for their consistent efforts through various initiatives across sales, marketing, manufacturing and customer service functions for staying ahead of the competition. In the year 2017, the team successfully faced market deterrents including demonetization and GST Tax Reformation while maintaining its leadership position. To face the growing competition, GNO Abrasives had in-place an end-to-end market strategy for managing growth, product innovation and delivering value to its customers. Some of the initiatives implemented by the team for fueling its growth momentum include:• Quality and Service improvements• New product development• Geographic expansion within India • Improvements in Exports• Sales conversion and increased penetration in low share markets• Collaborative solutions• Focus on Customer Centricity• Enhanced Digital SolutionsIn the year 2018, the team aspires to maintain its top spot and surge further ahead of its competitors.
Gyproc bags three awards at Realty Plus INEX Awards 2018Saint-Gobain India’s Gyproc Business has been conferred with three awards at the Realty Plus Interior & Exterior (INEX) Awards ceremony held in Mumbai on 31st January, 2018. The Business received the awards in three distinct categories - Product/Brand of the Year, Television Campaign of the Year and Digital Innovation. Gyproc Business received the awards for its Integrated Marketing Approach, innovative product offerings under the Roofing and Ceilings segment and visually appealing customer engagements on the television & digital marketing platforms. Mr. Sudeep Kolte, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing and Mr. Aninda Gupta, Manager – B2C Marketing received the awards on behalf of the team. Renowned architects, real-estate developers, CEOs of building product companies and other real-estate professionals across the country attended the gala evening.
Accolades for Crystals Business Saint-Gobain India’s Crystals Business recently received two recognitions. • The Business received the certificate of Excellence as Best EOU (Export Oriented Unit) from the Export Promotion Council, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. The award was presented to the Business for its outstanding export performance during the year 2015-16. Mr. K. S. Gopalkrishnan, General Manager – Crystals Business received the trophy and the certificate from Mr. C.R. Chaudhary, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry at the award ceremony held in New Delhi on 12th February, 2018. Exports contribute to about 85% of the turnover of the Crystals Business. The Business caters majorly towards Security, Industrial and Medical applications like Radiation Detectors, Arrays and Pan Cake Detectors for its customers based at USA, Europe, China and South East Asia. • In January 2018, the Business became the first plant within the Ceramic Materials Activity (CMA) worldwide and within the Group in India to receive WCM Silver Award. The plant scored 60.5 points in the two-day WCM audit and made it to the Silver certification. From the WCM perspective, the plant has achieved significant progress on all the WCM pillars including Safety, People, Involvement, Preventive Approach, Workplace Management, Level of Autonomy and Result Sustenance. Mr. K. S. Gopalkrishnan, General Manager – Crystals Business and Mr. A. Ramachandran, Head - Operations received the award from Mr. Pierre-Andre de Chalendar, Chairman & CEO, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain and Mr. Anand Mahajan, General Delegate in January 2018 at Mumbai.
Gyproc’s Jind Plant Receives Saksham Sathi Award The Jind plant of Saint-Gobain India’s Gyproc Business has been conferred with the Saksham Sathi Award for employing and training apprentices at the plant. The plant received the award from the Government of Haryana as a part of the Chief Minister’s flagship initiative ‘Saksham Haryana’. ‘Saksham Haryana’ was introduced in October 2017 with the objective of providing employment to over two lakh youths and achieve grade level competencies for children in government schools in Haryana. As a part of this initiative, Government of Haryana felicitated more than 22 organizations that have employed more than five percent of apprentices as a part of their workforce. Mr. Mukesh Verma, Manager - HR, IR & Admin, Jind plant, received the award from Mr. Manohar Lal, Honorable Chief Minister, Government of Harayana and Mr. Vipul Goel, Minister of State for Industrial Training, Government of Haryana in Gurugram on 1st March 2018.
Saint-Gobain India Delegation receives 2 Awards at the 57th ABCI Annual Awards 2017The Saint-Gobain India Delegation received 2 awards at the 57th Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI) Annual Awards 2017 held in Mumbai on 22nd December, 2017. The team received a Silver trophy for the ‘Saint-Gobain Employer Brand Communication Campaign’ nominated under the multimedia based category and a Bronze trophy for the corporate film on Grindwell Norton (GNO) nominated under the corporate film category. This year, ABCI received over 1900 nominations in 32 categories from over 250 organizations representing private sector companies, Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and communication agencies across the country. Ms. Medha Shanbhag, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications received the awards on behalf of the Group in India.
Jan-Apr '18 THE INDIAN EYE 13The Saint-Gobain India Managers’ Meet 2018The Saint-Gobain India Managers’ Meet 2018 with Mr. Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and CEO, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain (CSG) was held in Mumbai on 31st January, 2018. Over 180 Senior Managers across the Group in India attended the meet. At the Meet, prior to the session with Mr. Chalendar, presentations were made by the Business Heads and Senior Managers from Glass, Abrasives and Gyproc Businesses to the Senior Managers’ Group. In their presentation, Mr. A. R. Unnikrishnan, Director – Sales & Marketing, Glass Business and Mr. K. Srihari, Business Manager – Inspire, spoke about the new trends in world of marketing. The two highlighted important aspects from the marketing world citing case studies and relevant examples from their Business and industry. This was followed by the second presentation by Mr. Girish Dash - General Manager (Technical), Gyproc Business and Mr. Prashant Gudur - Manager - Numerical Modeling and Grinding Technology, Saint-Gobain Research India (SGRI).
14Mr. Dash and Mr. Gudur jointly spoke about the initiatives undertaken by the Gyproc Business in association with SGRI to improve the acoustics in corporate offices. As a part of their presentation, the duo shared insights on the need for good office acoustics, recent trends in office space designs and the business plans for the year 2018. The last presentation was made by Mr. Amit Koul - Head - Sales & Marketing, Abrasives Business and Mr. T. S. Narayana Prasad – Business Head, Thin Wheels. The team gave an overview of the Abrasives Business including last ten years’ history, the distribution network, product offerings along with their applications, market wise growth dynamics, digital initiatives and strategies for 2018. The India Managers' session began with the presentation by Mr. Anand Mahajan, General Delegate. In his presentation, Mr. Mahajan highlighted the Group’s performance in India in 2017, the dynamics of the Indian market, the improvement in the Group’s performance in India over the years and the future focus for the Indian Delegation. Mr. Pierre-André de Chalendar covered three main points in his presentation - current Saint-Gobain Group business scenario, short-term priorities and the Group’s long-term vision. After providing an overview of the Group’s progress in 2017, Mr. Chalendar spoke about setting three short-term priorities: accelerating internal growth, renewing external growth and improving margins by achieving operational excellence by adopting latest manufacturing trends. In the end, he spoke about the long-term priorities for the Group. These include sustainable urbanization, electric vehicle revolution, multi-comfort for customers and tailor-made innovation. In conclusion, Mr. Chalendar put forth the below priorities:• Accelerate internal growth through a customer centric approach, a specific resource allocation and a strong focus on innovation• Improve our external growth profile with an active stream of acquisitions• Sustain our commitments on HR, CSR and operational excellenceIn the end, a Q&A session was organized for Mr. Chalendar to address the questions posted by the managers through the digital platform. The questions ranged from enquiries about Saint-Gobain’s investment plans in India, future growth prospects of the Indian market, recent trends in Manufacturing 4.0 and the digital initiatives.
Jan-Apr '18 THE INDIAN EYE 15GNO Abrasives organizes ‘My Space’ Training Program for Women EmployeesIn March, during the week of International Women’s Day, the Abrasives business organized ‘My Space’ a training program for women in Abrasives. The objective of the program was to help the participants develop their potential to fulfill their professional and personal goals. Women employees from all the Abrasives factory sites, attended the daylong learning intervention at Mora. During the program, participants received inputs on a variety of topics including assertive communication, improving self-confidence, overcoming self-limiting beliefs and developing an understanding of their core values and strengths. The session also provided important insights on gender stereotypes, popular perceptions about gender diversity and overcoming gender disparity. Ms. Lakshmi Devi from The Yellow Spot, a professional training institute, facilitated the program along with Ms. Jyoti Tiwari, Head HR, Abrasives Business.
16Workshop on Environmental Laws by Gyproc BusinessTo spread awareness about the Environmental Laws and to highlight its importance in day-to-day work, Saint-Gobain India’s Gyproc Business conducted training workshops on ‘Environmental Laws’ at its facilities in Bangalore and Wada. The workshops were organized in partnership with Dr. Ajay Ojha from Technogreen Environmental Solutions on 16th and 20th February, 2018. The day long workshops included a session on Regulatory Compliance followed by knowledge sharing on various environmental laws. A series of environmental laws including Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, Environment (Protection) Act and Bio-Medical Waste Management were explained in detail by the facilitator. Due-diligence of regulatory compliance related to environmental laws was done by visiting factory premises. The process of filing online Environmental Compliance Forms was demonstrated to the participants towards the end of the session.
Jan-Apr '18 THE INDIAN EYE 17Flat Glass India’s CSR Initiatives A series of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives were organized by the Flat Glass Business in and around its manufacturing sites at Bhiwadi, Chennai and Jhagadia. • The convocation ceremony of 28 students from the ‘Learn while Earn’ (LWE) program, was conducted on 13th March, 2018 at Chennai. The students underwent 1664 hours of theoretical training and 8800 hours of practical exposure over a period of 8 semesters as a part of the program. The team partnered with Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF) for the program which was launched in 2011. The students received their Diploma Certificates in the presence of Mr. B. Santhanam, President - Flat Glass (South Asia & Egypt) and Solar (Malaysia), Mr. Padmakumar, Team Leader & Head Human Resources, Flat Glass Business, Saint-Gobain Research India & Head CSR - Saint-Gobain Group in India along with Mr. Reghuraj, Managing Director – NTTF and Mr. Dhennadayalan – Founder and CEO – NTTF • Computer literacy, especially for students, is increasingly becoming an imperative need in today’s times. As a contribution to meet this need, the Bhiwadi team supported the construction of a computer lab at a Government-owned Girls Hostel in Alwar (Rajasthan). Along with this, the team also donated 20 computers and related basic equipments including computer tables and chairs to the lab. The lab was officially inaugurated on 20th February, 2018 by Mr. P. Padmakumar, Team Leader & Head Human Resources, Flat Glass Business,
18Saint-Gobain Research India & Head CSR - Saint-Gobain Group in India and Mr. Surender Yadav – Assistant District Programme Coordinator, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, Alwar, Rajasthan. This initiative directly impacts 300 rural community students • With the objective to spread awareness on eye care, two optical screening camps were organized in and around the Chennai site. The camps, organized in January and February 2018, focused on creating awareness about optical hygiene and anemia amongst senior citizens and women in particular. The Business further provided support for high-end eye surgeries to about ten patients identified through the camp. About 200 people benefitted from this initiative • As a part of its Health & Hygiene initiatives, the Chennai team conducted a ‘personal hygiene program’ for adolescent girls from four Government schools in the neighbouring villages. Through this program, the girls were educated on personal healthcare, hygiene and prevention of illness. A total of 197 girls benefitted from this initiative
Jan-Apr '18 THE INDIAN EYE 19A skit celebrating women’s achievements - Glass Business, ChennaiAwareness workshop on women’s issues – Glass Business, BhiwadiAppreciating Women Employees – GNO, Halol Celebrating Together - GNO, Himachal PradeshSapling plantation – GNO, BhutanTeam Outing – GNO, Bangalore International Women’s Day Celebration
20Nail Art & Essay Competition – SG INDEC, MumbaiWorkshop on Cake Decoration – HO, MumbaiSession on ‘The Professional U & Work life Blend’ – SEPR, PalakkadCelebrating Together – Weber Business, ChennaiWorkshop on Health Care – GNO, NagpurTraining program on Personal Development – GNO, MoraRangoli Competition – Gyproc Business, WadaCelebrating Together –GNO, Tirupati
Glimpses from SG Olympics 2018 – Glass Business, ChennaiGlimpses from ‘Samanwayam-2018’ – the annual gathering at SEPR Palakkad Lohri Celebration – GNO, Himachal PradeshHoli Celebration – GNO, HalolRepublic Day Celebration – GNO, MoraMakar Sankranti Celebration – GNO, Tirupati Festivities & More