France’s Saint-Gobain To Set Up New Production Facilities In Egypt
Manufacturing plants will be constructed for glass, gypsum, and sustainable building materials.
Saint-Gobain Egypt opened the largest flat glass manufacturing facility in the Middle East and Africa, in Egypt in 2010. With a production capacity of 900 tons of flat glass per day, this facility helps meet the glass demand in the construction market in the region. The facility is located in Ain El Sokhna, 120 kilometres east of Cairo and 40 kilometres south of Suez along the Red Sea coast, and covers an area of 750,000 square metres.
Saint-Gobain ventured into the Egyptian glass production market by constructing this flat glass production line in Ain El Sokhna. The facility also represented the company’s product manufacturing business in Africa.
Building on its success in the region, Saint-Gobain has launched the construction of its latest manufacturing plants, which comprises two facilities for manufacturing flat glass, gypsum, and sustainable building materials. The products from the new plants will be supplied to both local and export markets.
Saint-Gobain International announced investment plans for the new manufacturing plants at a meeting with General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) CEO Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East CEO Hadi Nassif, and Saint-Gobain Egypt CEO Ahmed Wafik. Construction of the new manufacturing facilities will take three years.
In 2019, Saint-Gobain inaugurated an eco-friendly production line of its mirror factory at €8 million (US$7.97 million) at Ain El Sokhna. Saint Gobain Egypt produces clear, tinted, and online coated glass with solar control properties and aesthetic reflective effects. They currently partner with local customers in Egypt and glass processors, architects, engineering offices, and developers to help foster innovation and change the construction, automotive, and appliances market.
The company's building material production plants in the Egyptian cities of Sadat and Amreya represent a combined investment of €150 million.
With a current worldwide network of 35 float lines and 15 offline coaters, Saint-Gobain Egypt focuses on an innovation-driven strategy to help spur development in the Egyptian market and surrounding countries.
Photo: Saint Gobain’s glass facility under construction in Ain El Sokhna during the period 2008-2010 (hassanallam.com)