Vetrotech has been a top leading industrial company in the fire-resistant glass European and international market for 40 years. The glass made by Vetrotech Saint-Gobain is renowned for being bullet-proof, blast-proof and burglar-proof glass, mainly for public buildings.
400 to 500 fire resistance tests are carried out every year to ensure its reliability. Throughout its growth and development, Vetrotech has obtained numerous certifications – differentiated by country – to be able to supply glass that complies with fire safety standards in Europe.
Cédéric Berg, Director of the Vetrotech Saint-Gobain plant in Romont, sums up his career with the Saint-Gobain group’s glass division as follows: “I’ve been with the same company for 20 years, my colleagues are great and every day is different. That’s the beauty of the job.”
Graduated in microtechnology from the prestigious Swiss engineering school, EPFL, Cédéric Berg specialises in production techniques, and more specifically in the simulation and modelling of industrial production flows.
His day-to-day work as a plant manager comes with its everyday little worries, as he openly admits: “My teams are autonomous and committed. Problems arising in the field, outside the scope of their responsibilities, end up on my table, which then enables me to improve the quality of the system“, he describes.
He nevertheless is plenty happy for his position, which gives him the freedom to develop and implement his very own performance strategies: “I hope to be here for a few years. I hope to be here for a few years. With this job, you really get to decide on the company’s trajectory.”
Since his beginnings at Vetrotech, he involved himself in great projects:
- Berne Vetrotech plant’s transfer to Romont,
- The building of a new factory in India,
- Technological standardisation,
- Upgrading five international sites employees skills,
- Romont’s plant digitalisation.
A 3 axis project: Development, digitalization, reliability
A career in the safety glass industry
Cédéric Berg worked his way up through Saint-Gobain’s careers for 20 years. From method engineer and technical manager in 2 GlasSolutions subsidiaries of the Saint-Gobain Group, he became industrial manager of the Vetrotech plants and in charge of technology transfers at eight sites on three continents. He then became plant manager and in charge of the digital transformation of the Swiss site of Vetrotech Romont in 2018 following the retirement of his mentor and previous manager.
Alongside him, he contributed in Romont’s growth and economic success. And the good results showed up. Enough to be proud when looking back at how far they’ve come together: “Our growth has been phenomenal” he enthuses.
In 2010, when the Berne’s city called for the Vetrotech factory to be relocated in favour of the construction of tertiary buildings, he became industrial manager in charge of moving the factory and technology transfers. The new site was to be settled in Romont.
To ensure that each new site is a success, a standardisation process is systematically applied to make production more reliable: “One of Vetrotech’s strengths is our standards. Our machines are identical at every site, as are most of our processes” he explains.
The new plant in Romont has become a pilot site: “When a technology proves to work for us, it is quickly implemented everywhere!“. Between 2011 and 2012, he trained staff in England at a new Vetrotech site in India, which opened in April 2012. He was then nominated responsible for technical support until 2018. At the same time, he was involved in a great number of projects: “I was providing consecutive support at several sites at the same time. I did a bit of everything: optimising layouts, purchasing special machines, putting together investment files and transferring technologies. I did that for 7 years, until the director of Romont announced his retirement. He then asked me to take his place” he says.