Saint-Gobain Research India (SGRI) is the 7th cross-functional R & D center for the Saint-Gobain Group. SGRI supports and develops existing and new businesses in India and provides and nurtures future talent for the Group in India. SGRI collaborates with local universities and external partners to produce solutions for sustainable habitat in hot-humid climates. This centre develops transversal competencies including academic partnerships and interfaces with other R & D centers across the world to accelerate business growth. In January 2016, SGRI opened its new cross-functional research centre in the campus of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. With an investment of about Rs.200 crores, the new Research Centre is a world-class R&D facility spread over 120,000 sq. ft. It will focus on developing innovative and sustainable solutions for Saint-Gobain’s existing businesses (the major product lines include: abrasives, glass for architecture, glass for automotive, gypsum plasterboard and plasters, high performance ceramics and plastics etc.) and will enable the Group to accelerate its growth in the region.