Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions that are key ingredients in the well-being of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure, and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change. With 2015 sales of $43.9 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 66 countries with more than 170,000 employees.
As one of the top 100 industrial groups in the world and regularly rated one of the 100 most innovative companies, Saint-Gobain has consistently demonstrated its ability to invent new products that respond to the most demanding customer needs. One in four Saint-Gobain products did not exist five years ago.
Abrasive Grains is a member of Saint-Gobain’s Specialty Grains and Powders department, an innovative suite of synergistic businesses that also includes Boron Nitride, Coating Solutions, Surface Conditioning and ZirPro. Our ongoing commitment to investing in R&D is evidenced by our thriving research centers in France, China and the United States. Each site offering customers worldwide technical support as well as a local presence that drives co-development of solutions to meet unique requirements.
The Specialty Grains and Powders Department can trace its roots back to the 1900s when it was manufacturing aluminum oxide and silicon carbide under the Norton brand name. Since then, it has pushed the envelope for abrasive grains by patenting such developments as monocrystalline alumina (1946), alumina zirconia 25% (1965), alumina zirconia 40% (1973) and seeded gel alumina (1986).