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New Delhi: French glass manufacturer the Saint-Gobain group will open its largest glass manufacturing facility in the world next week in Rajasthan. Located at Bhiwadi, the plant has been built at an investment of 1,000 crore and has a capacity of 1,000 tonnes per day.

“This is our largest glass manufacturing facility in the world. We expect to generate revenue of 700-800 crore annually from this facility in the beginning," said B. Santhanam, president—flat glass, South Asia, Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd.

The plant is spread across 136 acres with a built-up area of 1.14 lakh sq. m.

According to Santhanam, with this facility in place, around 95% of the products sold in India will be made in the country. Saint-Gobain, which has around $6 billion glass business globally, is expected to clock revenue of 4,800 crore in India this year.

“We started in 2000 and have invested a total of 4,500 crore in India till now," said Santhanam.

The company had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Rajasthan govermment in 2008 to set up a plant, but had to stall the project because of an earlier acquisition. In 2011, the company acquired the float glass plant of Gujarat-based Sezal Glass Ltd for 686 crore.

“Just like cement, the glass industry is a localized business. With this plant, we will cater to the northern Indian market. We have other plants in Chennai and Gujarat through which we can supply to the whole Indian market," Santhanam added.

When asked about plans for further acquisitions, he said that the company will focus on organic growth.

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