Saint-Gobain India expects auto glass market recovery in early 2016

  Autoglass

During a recent press conference, B. Santhanam, president and MD, Flat Glass, Saint-Gobain India spoke about the automotive market for glass and the possible recovery of this market in India.

Autoglassbanner
The automotive market for glass could see real growth in early 2016
The automotive market for glass could see real growth in early 2016 when India’s passenger car markets recover in a stable and sustained manner, according to B. Santhanam, president and MD, Flat Glass, Saint-Gobain India.
He said that while the CV (commercial vehicle) sector has begun to see slight recovery, the passenger car segment is only seeing tepid growth. The company is therefore looking forward to the opening of the Sanand, Gujarat facility of Ford India to which it supplies a variety of glass products.
Over the last 18-24 months, however, due to the decline in passenger car sales, the company has been operating at between 75-80% capacity at its two plants in Chennai and Pune.
The slowdown has enabled the company to look at cost management issues and employee talent retention and morale, improving throughput and work more efficiently, said Santhanam.
Saint-Gobain’s more recent automotive clients include the Tata Zest and the Bolt. While the Zest was launched last July, the Bolt completes its second month at the end of February.
Saint-Gobain has also begun R&D activities at its Chennai-based plant, including tooling, processes and light weighting.
“As a significantly backward-integrated company, we have withstood foreign exchange fluctuations,” says Santhanam. “Our turnaround in CVs will be faster,” he says, as the sector saw a dramatic fall in numbers as against the passenger car segment that dipped and then remained more or less stable.

Channel: Autoglass

23 Total news items for this channel since 1996
Page  1 of 1 
latest Order by:

GlassOnline News by Channel

Autoglassbanner

2016-08-24
Thanks to an agreement with Induver Holding, AGC Automotive Europe will be setting up a joint venture for manufacturing...

2015-03-18
AGC Automotive Europe is supplying the sliding version of its light control glass roof, which uses WONDERLITE™ t...

Autorepairs

2014-11-19
Boyde Group has recently added two new collision repair locations in Idaho and Seattle, thus increasing its presence in...

Panoramasunroof

2014-10-30
Member nations agreed to negotiate the rules for panorama sunroofs based on tests conducted by the Korean Ministry of...

Autoglass

2014-10-15
According to the chairman of Fuyao North America, which acquired a former General Motors plant this year, there will be...

AutoglassArena

2014-10-02
Auto glaziers will find diverse offerings in the “Autoglass Arena” organised by the Federal Association of German Gla...

Guardianautoglass

2014-09-10
Kearney Glass has joined Glass Doctor and is now named Glass Doctor of Central Nebraska, carrying glass products for...

Fuyao

2014-01-17
Fuyao Glass Industry has announced that it plans to purchase the former General Motors Assembly in Ohio. The company...

Fenzi

2014-01-13
Safelite and AGC have entered a licensing agreement that allows Safelite to manufacture, distribute and sell...

Autoglassbanner

2013-10-14
Asashi Glass has announced that it will be establishing an auto glass plant at its subsidiary AGC Flat Glass, which...

Signing

2013-06-07
Boyd Group has effectively acquired a majority ownership and controlling interest in the retail auto glass business of...

Zeiss

2013-05-15
After the acquisition of HGV Vosseler, a provider of optical 3D measuring technology, Zeiss is increasing its presence...

Windshields

2013-05-06
According to a recent company release, Vitro will invest more than USD 146 million back into the company to increase...

LaminatedAutoGlass

2013-03-29
With auto sales continuing to decline, and Europe facing the ongoing debt crisis, Saint-Gobain has announced plans to...

Fenzi

2013-03-19
Fenzi has announced that it has created a new range of highly specialized Tempver ceramic paints for auto glass....

Signing

2013-02-26
The MoU signed by Trakya Cam, which involves a 100% stake in Fritz Holding GmBH, will enable the Turkish company to...

Windscreen

2013-01-31
UK-based Auto Windscreens has been chosen by Tradewise Insurance as its auto glass repair and replacement supplier of...

Autoshow

2013-01-23
The North American Auto Show, taking place right now in Detroit, has on show innovations and technology regarding auto...

Windshieldreplacement

2012-07-10
The Pilkington Clear Advantage Auto Glass Technician Olympics™ (AGTO), to take place 20-22 September 2012 in L...

Carheadlights

2012-05-17
The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) released its plan to develop a standard for what has been a...

Northamericanautoshow

2012-01-24
According to the Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association (EPGAA), vehicles on display at the 2012 North...

Vistaroof

2011-09-09
Sales of vehicles with ‘vista’ or ‘panoramic’ roofs are soaring, and sales of 2011 Ford Explorers equipped with the vist...

23 Total news items for this channel since 1996
Page  1 of 1 

Our Glass Magazines & Annual Guides Read online free of charge

Glass-Technology International
 
Glass Machinery Plants & Accessories
 
World Glass Directory
 
Flat Glass World Directory
 
Return to top

Powered by GlassOnline Logo

Copyright © Smartenergy S.r.l. 1996-2016 - All rights reserved

Smartenergy S.r.l. - publications@glassonline.com - Cookie policy
Registered office: Via Antonio Gramsci, 57 - 20032 Cormano (MI), Italy
Company registry - Milan, REA No.: MI-2022277 | Share capital: € 10,000 | P.IVA/VAT No.: IT 08386450962