Saint-Gobain Celebrates 350 Years by Looking to the Future

“Saint-Gobain is a 350-year-old company that is more focused on the future than the past,” said Pierre-André de Chalendar, Saint-Gobain chairman and CEO, during a June 1 press conference for the company’s 350th anniversary exhibition in Philadelphia.

The glassmaker and building product giant is recognizing the anniversary with a worldwide exhibition, “Future Sensations.” The expo, which celebrates the innovation and imagination of the company, makes four stops across the globe, including Shanghai, China; São Paulo, Brazil; Paris, France; and Philadelphia.

The company is focused on “bold innovation” to address the greatest challenges of our time, such as climate change, air quality and the future of sustainability, de Chalendar said. This innovation includes high performance building products and next-generation glasses including SageGlass, electrochromic dynamic glass from Saint-Gobain subsidiary Sage Electrochromics.

The company’s innovation takes center stage at Future Sensations, which consists of five pavilions demonstrating the range of Saint-Gobain’s product offerings. The expo, which is free and open to the public, runs through June 6 in Philadelphia before its final stop in Paris. View a photo gallery of the expo. 

Katy Devlin is editor of Glass Magazine. Contact her at


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