The company, based in France, operates as a producer, processor and distributor of materials such as glass, ceramics, plastics and cast iron. It was incorporated in 1665 as part of the plan devised by Louis XIV and Colbert to restore the French economy. Its registered head office is located in Courbevoie.The company is active in more than 50 countries worldwide, with operations in France, Western and Central Europe, the Northern and Baltic countries, Eurasia, Northern and Southern America, Central America, Africa and the Asia Pacific. It is listed on the stock markets in Paris, London, Frankfort, Zurich, Brussels, and Amsterdam. The company operates in a number of business lines grouped into five divisions, namely, the Building Materials Distribution division, the High-Performance Materials (HPM) division, the Flat Glass division, the Packaging division, and the Construction Products division. The Building Materials Distribution division is engaged in the distribution of building materials for construction, restoration and home improvement, with a network of 3,600 outlets located in more than 20 countries including France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands. The High-Performance Materials (HPM) division produces reinforcement materials, ceramics, plastics and abrasives. The Flat Glass division is engaged in the manufacture of basic flat glass products, the processing and distribution of glass for the building industry, flat glass products for the automotive industry, and the production of specialty glass, which includes products for home appliances, nuclear safety glass, fireproof glass and glass for electronic products. The Packaging division is engaged in the manufacture of glass bottles and jars for the packaging of foodstuffs and beverages, and the manufacture and sale of glass flasks for perfume and pharmaceutical products. The Construction Products division is engaged in the manufacture of thermal and sound insulation, siding, roofing, interior and exterior construction and renovation and piping construction materials.
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