Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and CEO of Saint-Gobain, presented the Future Sensations exhibition at Place de la Concorde, Paris, France.
For its 350th anniversary, the group has created four traveling futuristic pavilions that highlight its capacity for innovation and its expertise in materials, especially in building materials. After Shanghai, China; in January, São Paulo, Brazil; in April and Philadelphia, USA; in June, Paris marks the last stop of the temporary pavilions’ world tour.
The exhibition will be open to the general public every day from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (10:00 pm on Saturday and 8:00 pm on Sunday) from October 15 to 31, 2015. Entry is free.
With the Future Sensations pavilions, Saint-Gobain is echoing the tradition of the great industrial exhibitions in which the group has participated since the 19th century.
The four Future Sensations pavilions are a tribute to the Saint-Gobain pavilion presented at the Paris International Exposition in 1937 in which visitors were able to walk on glass for the first time thanks to the invention of toughened glass.
Place de la Concorde, one of the most beautiful squares in Paris, is an extremely symbolic place within the perspective from the Louvre Pyramid to the Grande Arche in La Défense, two of Saint-Gobain’s emblematic achievements.
“It is with great pride that we are celebrating our 350th anniversary. We are the oldest company in the Paris Bourse’s CAC 40 index, and one of the oldest industrial companies in the world.
It was my wish that this unique event be an opportunity to showcase a group that knows how to project itself into the future. It has been a rich year of events around the world.
“I acknowledge the enthusiasm of our teams, customers and visitors who have explored the “Future Sensations” pavilions in Shanghai, São Paulo, Philadelphia and now at Place de la Concorde in Paris, where I hope as many people as possible will come and celebrate our anniversary with us,” he added.