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  • Exterior of the  Saint Gobain factory, Pisa.zoom in altra finestra
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Saint Gobain

The onset of activity of the Pisan branch of this renowned French glass factory dates to 1889. Born with the name of "Fabbrica pisana di specchi e lastre colate di vetro", it owed its fortune to two principal factors: the on-site availability of the raw materials necessary (siliceous sands), and the presence of an efficient system of connections which included, in addition to a good road network, the railway connecting Florence to the port of Livorno via Empoli, Pontedera and Pisa. Already in the van at the time of its formation, with a production of some 2000 tons per year of unworked glass and sheet glass, it received a strong boost after World War II, and is presently one of the largest companies in the industrial sector of working and transforming the material.


Texts by Elena Fani

English translation by Victor Beard

Last update 02/gen/2008