welcome to the manufacturing heart of Europe
welcome to the manufacturing heart of Europe

Saint-Gobain: one of the world’s top 100 innovative companies


Saint-Gobain, a leader in sustainable construction and in materials and solutions designed for the well-being of each one of us and for the future of us all, present in Fiorano Modenese with an important site, is one of the world’s top 100 innovative companies and institutions, for the ninth consecutive year: according to the “Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators” 2020 ranking, drawn up by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters).

The ranking is based on 4 main criteria: the total number of patents, the percentage of released patents, the percentage of filed patents, the global significance of the patent portfolio and its relative impact (measured by the number of references).   

This ranking acknowledges and rewards
the Saint-Gobain Group’s constant commitment to innovation and to research and development.  For its R&D activities Saint-Gobain uses a global network of 8 cross-functional Centres and many dedicated Units.   

 “This structure enables us to constantly innovate together with our partners and clients, whether they are new start-ups or well-known companies, and with academia. For our Group this means increasing competitiveness and growth and for our employees it is a great source of pride”, in the words of Pierre-André de Chalendar, Saint-Gobain’s President and CEO. Thanks to this great commitment, Saint-Gobain owns a pool of innovations which allows it to launch many new products every year: one quarter of the products which are being presently marketed did not exist five years ago.   

Overall, the Group files more than 400 patents each year, thereby strengthening its leadership in target markets.    

In Italy, where it has been present for more than 130 years, Saint-Gobain has 27 production sites with about 2,000 employees.  It proposes to be a focal Tech Hub for its markets, with 90% of its products, systems and solutions Made in Italy and a special focus on the themes of thermoacoustic comfort, energy saving, safety, aesthetics and air quality.    

"The companies of the Group operating in our Country are proud of Italy’s contribution to the world’s Research & Development network – thus commented Gaetano Terrasini (see photo above), Saint-Gobain’s new CEO in Italy since the 1st of July. – In addition to high technical performance solutions which we produce using technologies developed worldwide, we have adapted the construction materials for our Italian systems, producing 90% on our territory”.