Saint-Gobain auto glass maker expands

Auto glass maker Saint-Gobain Sekurit Eesti based at Elva in eastern Estonia has expanded the area of its windshield plant by half and aims to double output of laminated windshields. The extension cos…

Auto glass maker Saint-Gobain Sekurit Eesti based at Elva in eastern Estonia has expanded the area of its windshield plant by half and aims to double output of laminated windshields. The extension cost more than EEK 70 million, with total investment in the Elva-based auto glass plant surpassing EEK 200 million. Saint-Gobain Sekurit has more than 12,000 sq. m. of production space. The plant which at the outset was named Elvex started making windshields 11 years ago. In July 2000, a facility for making door glasses went into operation. Windshields account for more than two-thirds of the sales turnover. The plant makes windshields for roughly 300 kinds of cars. The assortment of door glasses exceeds 1,000. More than 95% of windshields and 99% of door glasses is exported. Saint-Gobain Sekurit ended 2001 with a profit of EEK 32.6 million on sales turnover of EEK 133.3 million. The company employs more than 130 people.