Compagnie de Saint-Gobain is the glass and ceramics company most prolific at making international expansions, followed by Carl Zeiss Stiftung and Nippon Sheet Glass. GlobalData’s glass and ceramics foreign direct investment (FDI) company report highlights the current foreign investments made by leading glass and ceramics investors. Buy the report here.

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain has been the most active glass and ceramics greenfield investor between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024, according to GlobalData’s FDI Projects Database. The parent company has been actively investing through several of its subsidiaries/company divisions.

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Greenfield foreign direct investment is when a company invests abroad to establish a new physical presence or expand an existing operation. Greenfield investments create jobs and/or involve a capital investment into the foreign location. Other forms of FDI, such as mergers and acquisitions, are not included as part of this definition.

The majority of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain investments were in the glass subsector. In fact, 20.6% of its total foreign investments were in this subsector. It also created projects across a further 20 subsectors.

By business function, most (76.5%) of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain projects were related to manufacturing.

The company has been active across six world regions, mainly focused on Asia which received 22.1% of the company’s greenfield investments between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024. Its top three destination countries (by number of greenfield FDI projects) were India, Egypt and Poland. Combined these three countries account for 100% of its total number of glass and ceramics investments.

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain created more FDI projects in 2019 compared to any other year between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024.

Other leading FDI project generators in the glass and ceramics industry include Carl Zeiss Stiftung, Nippon Sheet Glass, AGC and Horizon Intermediate Holdings.

The US is the leading source market for outbound glass and ceramics greenfield FDI projects. The country accounts for 14.2% of total outbound glass and ceramics investment projects. There have been 11 unique parent companies from the US that have announced glass and ceramics FDI projects between between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024.

To further understand the top glass and ceramics FDI companies, access GlobalData’s Top glass and ceramics Foreign Direct Investment Companies report.

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