History

History

Key dates

  • 1972
    Compagnie de Saint-Gobain transfers its European glass bottle and jar making business to Saint-Gobain Emballage.
  • 1987
    The Group acquires Vidreira do Mondego’s production facilities at Figueira da Foz, Portugal.
  • 1989
    The Group acquires a 73% stake in the Italian company Vetri (which becomes SG Vetri), eventually increasing its stake to 75% in 1990.
  • 1991
    The Group acquires a controlling 60% stake in Oberland Glas AG of Germany (which becomes SG Oberland).
  • 1995
    The Group obtains a foothold in the US with a 58% stake in Ball Foster Glass, a company created from the merger of the glass packaging divisions of Ball Glass Corp, Foster Forbes, and Pechiney International.
    The Group increases its stakes in Vetri and SG Oberland to 99% and 88%, respectively.
  • 1996
    The Group increases its stake in Ball Foster Glass.
  • 1998
    The Group acquires a 60% stake in Rayen Cura, an Argentinean wine bottle maker located in Mendoza.
    The Group acquires the 90% of the French company VOA-Verrerie d’Albi that it does not already own, and increases its stake in SG Oberland to 96.6%. The Group’s Spanish subsidiary Vicasa starts up a new plant in Montblanc, Spain.
  • 2001
    The Group acquires a majority stake in Saga Décor and a 75% stake in French company Thierry Bergeon Embouteillage.
  • 2005
    The Group acquires majority stakes of 79.7% in Zorya, a Ukrainian company, and 99.8% in Euroverlux, a Polish glass packaging decoration business.
    The Group acquires a 60.6% stake in KMS of Russia through a capital increase and a 7.32% stake in its holding company, STI.
    The Group sells SG Oberland’s glass brick making business to Solaris GmbH.
  • 2006
    The Group buys out Saga Décor’s minority shareholders.
  • 2006
    The Group acquires a 51% stake in BO Glass Containers SA in Chile (which becomes SG Envases SA).
    The Group sells SG Calmar Incorporated (the Group’s plastic pumps business) to MeadWestvaco.
    The Group sells Futronic GmBH, a German manufacturer of IS machine parts, to Jetter AG.
  • 2007
    The Group sells Gijon-Fabril, a mould manufacturer, to Buxanti.
    The Group becomes the full owner of STI and buys minority interests in KMS.
    The Group sells its stake in Saint-Gobain Desjonquères and its subsidiaries (the Group’s small bottle making business) to Cougard Investissement and acquires a 20% stake in Cougard Investissement. The Group later sells some of its Cougard Investissement shares to an operating partner in July 2007, scaling back its stake in Cougard to 19.9%.
    The Group sells a 30.98% stake in Samin, a sand supplier and household glass collection and recycling services provider, to a Saint-Gobain subsidiary, reducing the Group’s stake in Samin to 20%.
    The Group increases its stake in Zorya to 93.4% through a capital increase.
    The Group buys out Euroverlux’s minority shareholders
  • 2008
    The Group sells its stake in Cougard Investissement to a Compagnie de Saint-Gobain subsidiary in March 2008.
    The Group acquires a 95.51% stake in Russian company Kamyshinsky (KSZ) and buys minority interests in KMS
    The Group increases its stake in Zorya to 96.68% through a capital increase.
    The Group sets up Black Sea Packaging Glass in Russia in order to acquire the occupancy rights to land slated for industrial purposes in the Krasnodar wine making region.
  • 2009
    The Group sets up Accuramech Industrial Engineering in India, which acquired a business specialised in the sourcing and inspection of IS machine parts.
  • 2010
    The Group sets up Vetreco, an Italian glass recycling company 40%-owned by SG Vetri, 30%-owned by Ardagh, and 30%-owned by Zignano Vetro (ownerships in terms of shares and voting rights).
  • 2011
    The Group acquires in June 100% of the Algerian public company Alver.
    In September, the Group announces its departure from the tableware business in Brazil.

Photos : Jean-Roch Mialet