The Newsletter of the Saint-Gobain Group in India May-Aug '18
SPOTLIGHT MARKET BUZZ
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10th Anniversary of SG Glass Business lights-up GNO Abrasives launches Consumer Connect COCOON WARM NEUTRALS
Foundation (Global & India) 5th Float Line in Chennai 'Unite' - a Retailer Initiatives in GNO Abrasives'
Connect Initiative Glass unveilsWELLBEING AND SIMPLICITY ‘Cocoon’
Read More Read More Read More Autoafter Market A family of warm neutrals – warm whites, ivory,
beige and deep browns – lends a colour palette
that evokes the natural, calming tones of wood, of SGG
- a new rangeplants and earth. Creating timeless spaces of
warmth and comfort that inspire and endure.
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Glass receives Bhamashah Gyproc’s Wada plant Gyproc Business organizes ‘Gateway to Leadership’ APPOINTMENTS
Award 2018 receives WCM Bronze Sales Training Workshops Training at Glass Business
Read More Mr. Sam Mammen. K.
Read More Read More Read More has been appointed as
Team Leader – Human
Resources for SGIPL -
Sekurit Business w.e.f.
11th June, 2018.
CONFERENCES & MEETS
Compilation Video - EHS BAROMETER FOR
Fun School THE GROUP IN INDIA
Annual EHS Conference 2018 The International Click here to watch TF1: 0.58
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Safety (EHS) Day: TF2: 0.96
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Stay tuned for more details! (LTA and non-LTA)
Annual WCM Conference 2018 Watch the talk given by Publication Manager:
Read More Manit Ramaiya, Manager Krishna Prasad
(Sales & Business Editor: Medha Shanbhag
India, on how sound affects Content Executive:
people, during the TEDx Neeraj Kelkar
Tiss Mumbai (Tata Institute
of Social Sciences)
SPOTLIGHT 10th Anniversary of Saint-Gobain Foundation (Global & India)
The Saint-Gobain Group worldwide celebrated the 10th Anniversary
of the Saint-Gobain Foundation in June 2018. During the
Anniversary Week, from 11th to 15th June, the Group encouraged
employees to get involved in several ways and support the
actions led by the Foundation. This through, direct donations to
associations, materials donation, sharing of expertise, employee
volunteering and more.
The Group in India too celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Saint-
Gobain India Foundation (SGIF) around the same time. To celebrate
this important milestone in the life of SGIF, a host of employee
volunteering initiatives were organized across locations under the
banner of Fun School and Random Acts of Kindness (RAK).
The Fun School initiative encouraged our people to devote a few
hours and teach the underprivileged children visiting the office/
factory site during the Anniversary week. The idea was to convert an office/ factory area into a classroom and ask
employees to volunteer and teach a bunch of children during the week. A series of learning sessions on Robotics,
Astronomy, Product Manufacturing, Art & Craft and Life Skills were conducted by employees from across locations.
Some of the sites visited schools & NGOs close to their vicinity and organized sapling plantation/ cleanliness drive
along with the children.
The RAK initiative began a couple of weeks prior to the Foundation’s Anniversary week. As a part of this initiative,
employees from across locations were encouraged to do just one random act of kindness and upload selfie of
them doing the random act along with a short message. From spending a few hours at an old age home to giving
a refreshing drink to the traffic police to donating books and toys, the initiative garnered a huge response, with
employees spreading the wave of kindness in the month of June.
Discover SGIF: indiafoundation.saint-gobain.com
Click here to watch the glimpses of the Fun School Initiative.
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Glass Business lights-up Fifth Float Line in Chennai SPOTLIGHT
The light-up ceremony of the new float glass line was
held on 4th June 2018 at the World Glass Complex
in Sriperumbudur. This is Saint-Gobain’s fifth float
glass investment in India.
Following Saint-Gobain’s tradition, Ms. Samrithi
Satish, (granddaughter of Mr. S. N. Eisenhower -
Director (Operations), Glass Business, played the
role of the godmother and lit the furnace of the new
Spread across 600 sq. meters of land, the new float
will be the largest in India and will be equipped to
manufacture a wide range of complex products that cater to the needs of sustainable habitat and affordable luxury.
This automated, energy efficient, scalable, state-of-the-art integrated glass facility will feature several innovative
processes contributing to sustainability and will focus on ensuring adequate green cover in-line with Saint-Gobain’s
commitment to Sustainable Habitat.
With this addition, Saint-Gobain Glass now has float lines in South, West and North India, locations of potential and
strategic advantage for the long term.
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MARKET BUZZ GNO Abrasives Launches ‘Unite’ – a Retailer Connect Initiative
With a view to enhance its business relations in the retail market,
Grindwell Norton’s (GNO) Abrasives business recently launched
‘Unite’ – an all-inclusive marketing initiative exclusively for its
Retail Partners (Stockists). Introduced in the month of June 2018,
the initiative focuses on three major marketing activities – periodic
retailer meets, knowledge sharing through a quarterly newsletter and
a mobile application to increase consumer touch points and assist in the sales process.
While the traditional medium of communication (retailer meet and newsletter) aims at improving product
awareness, resolve queries and understand retail trends, the mobile application digitally connects the retailers to
the distributors (channel partners) for placing orders in just a few clicks. The app is equipped with a host of features
like easy product search through item code or category, uploading invoices directly from the mobile and earning
and redeeming loyalty points. Within a month of its launch, around 1000 retailers from across India have started
using the application.
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Customer Connect Initiatives by GNO Abrasives for Auto-After Market MARKET BUZZ
Recently, Grindwell Norton’s (GNO) Abrasives business
organized a couple of customer-connect initiatives to promote
its latest offerings in the Auto After market.
• In the month of June, the Norton Auto-After Market: Channel Maruti Consumables Show
Partner Meet was organized in Bangalore. The daylong
event began with a tour of the Automotive Refinish Training
Center at the Bangalore factory. As a part of this tour, a live
demonstration of products and their usage was presented
to the audience. This was followed by discussions on a host
of topics ranging from business strategies, new products
and quality and service initiatives
• In the month of April, the business collaborated with Maruti Suzuki to promote its latest range of products and
technologies for Collision Repair and Value Added Services to improve quality and productivity of authorized
Maruti service centres. Titled as ‘Maruti Consumables Show’, the daylong event saw participation of team
members from two of Maruti Suzuki’s internal spare parts entities - Maruti Genuine Parts and Maruti Genuine
Accessories as well as from other internal teams including Supply Chain, Service, Production and Engineering.
Organized at Maruti Suzuki’s Gurgaon Plant, the event saw a footfall of around 100 participants.
Norton Auto-After Market: Channel Partner Meet
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MARKET BUZZ Glass unveils ‘Cocoon’: A new range of SGG Planilaque Lacquered Glass
Saint-Gobain India’s Glass Business has
launched a new range of SGG Planilaque
Lacquered (colour) Glass on World
Environment Day in June, 2018. The new
range, called ‘Cocoon’, is a reference to COOL EARTH EXTRA WHITE
Mother Earth - it being a Cocoon in which
we feel unparalleled warmth and comfort. It
draws inspiration from the calming tones of
earth, mountains and trees and comprises CHOCO BROWN
three colour shades: Cool Earth, Extra White COCOON WARM NEUTRALS
and Choco Brown. The chosen colour shades
WELLBEING AND SIMPLICITY
reiterate energy efficiency and encourage A family of warm neutrals – warm whites, ivory,
consumers to adopt an environment friendly lifestyle.beige and deep browns – lends a colour palette
that evokes the natural, calming tones of wood,
plants and earth. Creating timeless spaces of
About SGG Planilaque: SGG Planilaque is a lacquwearmrethdand(ccoomlofourt rtheatdin)spgirelaasndsentdhuaret. comes in an interesting mélange of
26 colours, each designed to align with and complement interior décor and design. These 26 colours have been
grouped into seven ‘trends’ that are inspired by contemporary lifestyle. In harmony with nature, SGG Planilaque range
adheres to all eco-friendly manufacturing conditions - free of lead, copper, formaldehyde, arsenic and infinitesimal
amounts of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).
For more details visit http://in.saint-gobain-glass.com/in/housedesigns/images/planilaque_brochure.pdf
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Glass Business receives Bhamashah Award 2018 – Third time in a row! REWARDING MOMENTS
For the third consecutive year, Saint-Gobain
India’s Glass Business has been awarded
the prestigious Bhamashah Award by the
Government of Rajasthan for its contribution
in promoting education, especially amongst
girls, at the government schools in the Alwar
district of Rajasthan. The business received
the award for the first time in 2016 followed
by the second one in 2017 and the third in
the present year.
Since 2014, as a part of its socially
responsible actions, the Glass Business
has also been working on various programs
such as water conservation, classroom renovation, sanitation facilities and other developmental activities in the
district of Alwar. Mr. T. K. Chakraborty - Team Leader (Operations) and Mr. Abhishek Saidha, Team Leader (Human
Resources) received the award at a ceremony held at Jaipur on 28th June, 2018.
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.
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REWARDING MOMENTS Gyproc’s Wada plant receives Bronze status at the WCM Audit
The Wada plant of Gyproc business has been awarded a Bronze status in the World Class Manufacturing (WCM)
audit conducted in April 2018. The Wada team scored a total of 50 points in the two-day audit to make it to
the Bronze status. Wada is the 48th plant within the Construction Products Business globally and 8th plant within
the Group in India to receive the Bronze status. The award recognizes operational excellence achieved by the
plant bases eight WCM Pillars viz. Health & Safety, Environment & Risk protection, Reliability, Industrial Efficiency,
Quality & Process Control, Customer Focus & Service, People Development and Innovation Development & Growth.
From the WCM perspective, the plant has achieved significant transformation in two pillars – Health & Safety and
Reliability, and has laid out several measures to eliminate health & safety risks, ensuring significant cost reductions
and quality improvements.
In the past, within the Group in India, Crystal’s Business’ Bangalore plant, Glass Business’ Chennai and Jhagadia
plants, Grindwell Norton’s (GNO) Mora plant, SEPR India Business’ Palakkad plant, Gyproc Business’ Bangalore &
Jind plants and Sekurit Business’ Chennai plant have been the recipients of the WCM Bronze award.
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Saint-Gobain India’s Annual EHS Conference 2018 CONFERENCES & MEETS
The 15th Annual Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Conference for the Saint-Gobain Group in India was held
on 18th June, 2018 in Bangalore. The conference saw series of presentations highlighting the achievements
and progress made under EHS in the preceding year in both India and the Group worldwide. At the daylong
conference, some of the award-winning EHS initiatives were showcased. These included the EHS progress at
Sekurit Business’ Chakan plant, GNO Abrasives’ Himachal Pradesh site, Performance Plastics’ Bangalore site,
Project Safety Award received by Gyproc Jhagadia, energy conservation at World Glass Complex, Sriperumbudur
and Risk Reduction Project at SEPR, Palakkad.
On a concluding note, the General Delegate and the Senior Management stressed upon sustaining and improving
the progress made on all initiatives under EHS. The Conference was attended by Anand Mahajan, General
Delegate, Valerie Coustet, EHS Director, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, Colin Reid, Safety Director, Innovative
Materials, Aymon de Reydellet, EHS Director, Construction Products and Sergio Mazzoleni, Director Industrial,
Ceramics Materials. 120 Delegates including Senior Management from the Group in India and EHS and Operations
teams also attended the conference this year.
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CONFERENCES & MEETS Annual WCM Conference of the Saint-Gobain Group in India
The 9th Annual World Class Manufacturing (WCM) conference for the Saint-Gobain Group in India was held on
22nd June, 2018 in Bangalore. The theme of the conference was “Excellence in Supply Chain – WCM & WCSC”.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Anand Mahajan, General Delegate, highlighted the importance of WCM as a means
of achieving operational excellence and profitable growth. He also emphasized on how the systems & people
driven improvements are expected to support the Group's goals of growth & optimizing operating expenses.
Mr. B. Santhanam - President Flat Glass, South Asia, Egypt, Solar Malaysia, in his key note presentation under
the theme ‘Manufacturing & Digital Excellence (MADE),’ highlighted the importance of leveraging Digital
revolution in manufacturing. Number of Digital case studies & experiences were shared by various plants and
Industry 4.0 Team of SG India Delegation in-line with Mr. Santhanam's address. Mr. Bertrand Neyret - Program
Manager WCSC Innovative Materials (IM) Sector, presented plans & perspectives on implementation of WCSCM
program across businesses in IM Sector. Apart from this, a session on “Beyond Sourcing – A Godrej Interio
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Initiative” was conducted by an external facilitator from Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. In his session, the guest TRAINING TIME
speaker deliberated on how Supply Chain covering Design-Sourcing-Making-Logistics have achieved better
responsiveness, efficiencies & cost performance.
During the conference, strategies & roadmap from the potential Bronze & Silver Plants along with the Best
Practices were presented by the Operation Directors & their teams. WCM Green Belt members also presented
their best projects from all the core WCM pillars. Launch of World Class Supply Chain Program, excellence in
end-to-end supply chain, digital revolution in manufacturing, disruptive technologies in Production, Automation
& ROI, were some of the topics that were discussed and deliberated at the conference.
The WCM Delegation Awards were presented towards the end of the conference. Teams were recognized for
their significant achievements and contributions towards WCM initiatives. 170 delegates including Managing
Directors, General Managers, Business and Plant Managers within the Group in India attended this year’s
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TRAINING TIME Gyproc Business organizes Sales Training Workshops
In order to enhance project-selling capabilities and build a consultative approach while dealing with customers,
Saint-Gobain India’s Gyproc business conducted a series of sales training workshops.
• In June 2018, the team organized two training programs
- ‘Leadership Excellence’ and ‘Art of Selling Pro –plus’ for
members from the Plasters Business, in Pondicherry.
• The workshop on Leadership Excellence in sales intended
to help the regional sales managers bring out the best in
their team and drive business results through them. This,
by understanding the importance of taking ownership
as a leader, rational decision making, driving agility and
openness in ones’ team.
• The ‘Art of Selling Pro-plus’, a two-day experiential
workshop, concentrated on honing advanced selling skills to win and retain bigger business deals. The
workshop included topics such as setting achievable goals, creating a game plan, identifying and mapping
buyer roles of key accounts and handling customer objections.
• Aimed at providing powerful selling
tools and techniques for building long-lasting
relationships with the customers, a customized
training workshop titled ‘Beyond Selling’ was
organized for Pan-India Retail Sales teams in
Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai in May 2018.
Building a strong sales attitude, developing
a scientific approach to selling, improving
influencing skills, practicing the art of Pitching &
Objection Handling and maintaining & nurturing
relationships were some of the key topics
discussed during the workshop.
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‘Gateway to Leadership’ Training Program at Glass Business TRAINING TIME
The inaugural session of ‘Gateway to Leadership’, a multiple-session training program for Sales & Marketing
members at Glass Business, was held on 18th May, 2018 in Mumbai. The session began with the opening
remarks by Mr. A. R. Unnikrishnan, Director – Sales & Marketing, Glass Business. Formerly known as ‘Managerial
Excellence Program’, it has been a flagship-training program at Glass Business.
Spread across a period of 9 months, the objective of the program is to identify, nurture and develop future
leaders through a structured development program to help them sharpen their leadership skills. Some of the key
features of the program include:
• Individual Development Plan (IDP) for the participants
• One-on-one mentoring by Senior Management
• Understanding the Saint-Gobain Attitudes
Going forward, key managerial aspects like Art of Delegation, Developing People Potential, Motivating People to
Deliver, Time Management, Effective Communication and Problem Solving will be discussed in detail with the
participants as a part of the program curriculum. 16 participants from the all-India Sales & Marketing team have
been selected for the program that will end in January 2019.
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EVENTS & CELEBRATIONS SGIF
Yoga Class at a nearby Government school - Art Class – GNO, Halol
Kids’ Talent Show – GNO, Himachal Pradesh Canvas Painting Workshop – HO, Mumbai
French Tuition – SG INDEC, Mumbai C–rGicNkeOt,mNaatgcphuwr ith visually-impaired teenagers
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Drawing & Painting Class – GNO, Tirupati Craft Class – Glass Business, Bhiwadi EVENTS & CELEBRATIONS
Session on Life Skills – Glass Business, Math Class – Glass Business, Jhagadia
Understanding the Chipko Movement –
Gyproc Business, Jhagadia
BSuchsionoelscsa, mBapnugsaclolereaning initiative - Crystals Drawing Class – SEPR India Business, Perundurai
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