Inauguration de l’usine Saint-Gobain de Sriperumbudur
Saint-Gobain a ouvert sa troisième usine en Inde, dans le Tamil Nadu, sur le site de Sriperumbudur.
La Consule générale de France à Pondichéry et à Chennai, Mme Catherine Suard, a assisté à l’inauguration de la troisième usine de Saint-Gobain India Pvt Ltd au World Glass Complex de Sriperumbudur par le Premier ministre du Tamil Nadu Edappadi K Palaniswamy, en présence de M. Pierre-André de Chalendar, président-directeur général de Saint-Gobain, traduisant ainsi dans les faits le quatrième protocole d’accord signé par Saint-Gobain avec le gouvernement du Tamil Nadu, en 2015.
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Thiru. Edappadi K. PALANISWAMI
Hon’ble Minister for Industries of Tamil Nadu, Thiru. M.C. SAMPATH
Esteemed Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Industries, Tamil Nadu, Thiru. GNANADESIKAN
Respected Chairman of Saint-Gobain India Private Limited, Mr. Anand MAHAJAN,
Cher Monsieur Pierre-André de CHALENDAR, Président-Directeur général du groupe Saint-Gobain,
Respected Managing Director of Saint-Gobain India Private Limited, Mr. B. SANTHANAM,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a true privilege to take part today in the inauguration of the Third Glass Plant at the World Glass Complex, Sriperumbudur,
and to address the honorable gathering, being the Consul General of France in Chennai, and on behalf of the Ambassador of France in India, Mr. Alexandre Ziegler.
Taking place only few days after the impressive 2019 Global Investors Meet, remarkably well organized by the Government of Tamil Nadu, this inauguration sounds like the most perfect illustration of our ambition, recalled on this latest occasion by our Ambassador, I quote, “France sees India as a partner, not a market”.
Indeed, France is one of the major investors in India, and especially in Tamil Nadu.
With over 600 companies like Capgemini, Michelin, Schneider, Accor or Renault - and of course, Saint-Gobain, to name just a few, French companies employ +350.000 people in India, including +200.000 people in the IT industry.
France is the 2nd biggest European investor in India and is in the Top 7 globally.
For many years now, over 170 French companies have chosen to invest in Tamil Nadu, especially attracted by the very qualified human resource of the state.
These investments are long-term investments, and they combine innovation and social responsibility.
They are also being renewed and extended – as we see with Saint-Gobain today
– and diversified – from the automotive sector which continues to be very active (MoU signed by PSA at 2019 TN GIM),
to top notch industrial services (MoU signed by GSE AVIGNA at 2019 TN GIM), food processing industry, banking, hospitality, logistics, electronics, IT, transport and renewable energy.
As I said, Saint-Gobain is a perfect illustration of this long term, strong, profitable, sustainable and responsible Indo-French Partnership.
Over the years, the Saint-Gobain group has made significant investments in India, bringing best technologies, developing markets in India and for India, achieving profitable growth and thus participating largely in the “making in India” objectives.
Saint-Gobain has also invested in R&D in and for India.
Saint-Gobain Research India (SGRI) also located in Chennai, and this is not by chance , is the group’s 7th Transversal Global Research & Development Centre, working towards developing innovative solutions not only for India, or France, but also for the world.
Here in Sriperumbudur, Saint-Gobain has set up and, as we can see today, developed its largest investment in a single location worldwide,
and thanks to the support of the Government and the excellent human resources of Tamil Nadu, has achieved to make this World Glass Complex, one of the best and most integrated facilities on the globe.
And this good news for the world too, since sustainable habitat is at the core of Saint-Gobain’s strategy, being firmly committed to combat climate change as shown by important evolvement in Paris COP 21 and by signing the Climate Pledge.
In that respect, Saint-Gobain is again in line with French and Indian authorities common objectives, which gives me an additional matter of pride to be among you today.
I thank for your attention.