Paris, France – SAGE, the world’s leading manufacturer of dynamic glass for façades, curtain walling, windows and skylights, today announced its new management structure for Europe. Following its acquisition by market leader Saint-Gobain, a new team of architectural and glass experts are launching SageGlass solutions and assisting customers across Europe.
SAGE SAINT-GOBAIN Europe regroups senior managers from Saint-Gobain with many years of architectural glass industry experience, forming a dedicated organisation of electrochromic glazing specialists.
The specification team is headed up by Kirk Ratzel, Director of Marketing and Sales, who has more than 30 years of know-how in specialty glass market development and leads specialists with at least 10 years of experience each in the coated glass market. The team consists of Alain Garnier (Central and Eastern Europe), whose past experiences include the market development of photovoltaic solutions for buildings, Jean-Jacques Sanson (France), who previously provided glass expertise for major curtain walling contracts and Jeff Upton (UK and Ireland), a former senior façade engineer for Major Façade projects.
Project management expertise is assured by the Architectural Solutions team headed by Alexandre Richard, skilled former project manager of major dynamic glazing projects within Saint-Gobain. His team is composed of Julien Orillard, who has a master’s degree in technology and innovation management, six years of market development and field experience with electrochromic dynamic glazing and supports the development of strategic partnerships. Working alongside Julien are qualified engineers like Dr Annabelle Andreau Wiedermaier, who participated in the development of dynamic glass solutions for Saint-Gobain, and Jean-Sébastien Chargé, who as Project Manager and qualified electrical engineer provides his technical knowledge in major photovoltaic installations.
“By adjusting electronically the level of tint, SageGlass allows the control of daylight and solar heat, thereby maximising occupant comfort and energy efficiency. This dynamic solution opens new design opportunities for architects and building owners to create more comfortable living spaces and productive working environments. With energy efficiency legislations coming into play across Europe, there is no better time for our team to bring SageGlass to the European market,” said Kirk Ratzel, Director of Marketing and Sales, SAGE. “The new structure brings a wealth of experience focused on providing quality to customers, driving sales and ultimately building the business in Europe. We are intent on offering Europe a unique glass solution that enhances a building’s occupant comfort and productivity to a new level.”
Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2011 sales of more than €42 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has nearly 195,000 employees. For more information about Saint-Gobain, visit www.saint-gobain.com.
SageGlass®, a product of Saint-Gobain, is advanced dynamic glass that can be electronically tinted or cleared to optimize daylight and improve the human experience in buildings. SageGlass manages the sunlight and heat that enter a building, significantly reducing energy consumption while improving people’s comfort and well-being. It can reduce a building’s cooling load by 20% and HVAC requirements up to 30%. It is a smarter, more elegant solution than conventional sun controls such as mechanical window shades, blinds and louvers. With SageGlass you can control sunlight and glare without shades or blinds while maintaining the view and connection to the outdoors. SageGlass is manufactured in Faribault, Minn., in the heart of “the Silicon Valley of the window industry,” and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain of Paris, the world’s largest building materials company.
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About Saint-Gobain in North America
Saint-Gobain has its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the world leader in sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable, healthy, economical and energy-efficient buildings. The company has more than 250 locations in North America and approximately 15,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $6.2 billion in 2014.
Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. For more information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
In 2015, Saint-Gobain is celebrating its 350th anniversary, 350 reasons to believe in the future. Backed by its experience and its capacity to continuously innovate, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction market, designs, manufactures and distributes high-performance and building materials providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2014 sales of $54.6 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has over 180,000 employees. For more information about Saint-Gobain, visit https://www.saint-gobain.com/en and the twitter account @saintgobain