Primary glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain of France is expanding its presence
in the Latin American market through construction of a new float glass production
line in Mexico, its second in that country.
The facility, which will cost approximately $100 million, will be built at
the Cuautla, Morelos site in the south of the country, where Saint-Gobain Vitrage
already operates a float line as well as Saint-Gobain Sekurit, a plant involved
in automotive glass production. Production at the new plant is scheduled to start
at the end of 2006.
According to company officials, output from the new facility will be sold in
Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and the United States. The move was called,
"a further step" in the company's growth strategy in emerging countries.
Saint-Gobain has flat glass operations in 39 countries and has been operating
in Mexico since 1996. In addition to the facilities in Cuautla, which also includes
operations for producing laminated glass and mirrors, the company has a plant
that specializes in glass for home appliances, called Euroveder, in Queretaro.
Saint-Gobain also distributes replacement auto glass through its Autover network