French Saint-Gobain group to hold a worldwide innovation competition for start-ups
Saint-Gobain group launches a worldwide competition for start-ups. Indian start-ups are encouraged to apply before 19 June 2015.
As it celebrates its 350th anniversary in 2015, the France-based Saint-Gobain Group, world leader in sustainable habitat – which has a strong presence in India since 1996 –, launches a worldwide competition for start-ups entitled “NOVA Innovation Competition 2015”.
The “NOVA Innovation Competition” rewards start-ups offering the most innovative solutions in the fields of habitat, sustainable products, advanced materials, renewable energy sources and high-efficiency building solutions.
Start-ups that propose novel and innovative technologies or services within one or more of the 6 following areas are strongly encouraged to apply before 19 June 2015:
- 1. Building materials and easy-to-install solutions that improve energy efficiency, safety, comfort (visual, acoustic, thermal), air quality and durability;
- 2. New materials for use in Energy applications, such as renewable energy production, energy storage and conversion;
- 3. Clean technology, like biomass, bio-polymers, low CO2 footprint materials and recycling;
- 4. Systems and solutions that integrate natural or artificial light into buildings and automobiles for enhanced comfort;
- 5. Construction services: software solutions, value-added services for craftsmen, renovation and energy performance;
- 6. Innovative technologies for demanding industrial applications (abrasives, ceramics, crystals, glass and plastics).
The 2015 winners will be awarded a cash prizes totaling $100,000. Saint-Gobain employees will also vote for their favorite start-up which will be awarded a “Saint-Gobain Community Award” of $10,000.
The most promising start-ups may also be invited to discuss with Saint-Gobain businesses a potential partnership.
For more information: https://www.nova-saint-gobain.com/en/
On 27 October 2014, Saint-Gobain inaugurated its fourth flat glass (float) production plant in India (Bhiwadi). It represented an investment of over $185 million (approximately one thousand crore rupees). This complex is Saint-Gobain’s newest, India’s largest and the world’s most modern manufacturing facility. The Group produces over 95% of what it sells in India in the country itself. Saint-Gobain also has a strong commitment to R&D: for many years now, the Group has been investing in an IT Development Centre, establishing its seventh transversal Global R&D Centre in Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2013).
For more information: http://www.ambafrance-in.org/Inauguration-of-Saint-Gobain-World
This last investment by Saint-Gobain to set up its new production plant added up to the $19 billion USD total stock invested each year by more than 1,000 French companies in India, making France one of leading foreign investors in India. These companies also employ more than 3,00,000 skilled Indian workers across the country.