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Saint-Gobain is a multinational corporation, founded in 1665 in Paris and headquartered on the outskirts of Paris at La Défense. Originally a mirror manufacturer, it now also produces a variety of construction and high-performance materials.

Saint-Gobain at a Glance:

  • ? 43 billion turnover in 2007
  • Over 1000 consolidated companies
  • Over 203,000 employees
  • Over ? 700 million annual R&D investment

The company is built around five business sectors:

  • Building Distribution
  • Construction Products
  • Flat Glass
  • Containers / Packaging
  • High-Performance Materials

The High-Performance Materials business unit has research centers in Cavaillon (France), Northboro, MA (United States), and now Shanghai (China).

The High Performance Materials business unit is built around seven areas of activity:

  • Ceramics
  • Grain and Powders
  • Crystals
  • Plastics
  • Textile solutions
  • Composites
  • Abrasives.

High-Performance Materials business unit at a Glance:

  • ? 4,9 billion turnover (in 2006)
  • Over 35,000 employees

Saint-Gobain Abrasives
Saint-Gobain Abrasives invest time and resources to understand and fulfill the evolving needs of our customers. This is reflected in its world-wide status as market leader. With a strong presence in every continent, the Abrasive division serves its customers through organizational units in 28 countries and employs nearly 16,000 people. It is the only international manufacturer to produce each of the three major types of abrasives:

  • bonded abrasives (resinoid and vitrified),
  • coated abrasives and
  • superabrasives (diamond) products.

The Abrasives business is committed to expanding technology and developing complete and innovative product lines, with an irrefutable reputation for quality and safety.

Our priorities - Health, Quality, Safety & Environment

Health, safety, quality and the environment play a key role at Saint-Gobain Abrasives.Every day we are actively committed to pursuing an ambitious program to implement our values throughout our organisation. The customer is our priority and this is reflected also in our products. Saint-Gobain Abrasives products are designed and produced to the most stringent quality standards to guarantee optimum personal safety and user comfort. In addition, new products are designed considering the working conditions of the end-users as a priority.

Х Dedicated to the promotion of safety in use of abrasives and is actively involved in the preparation and implementation of the European (EN) and International standards.

EN12413 / EN13743 / EN13236
Х Safety certification for bonded, coated and superabrasives

Х Certifies Quality Management system is in accordance with requirements of quality standards.

Х Certifies Environmental Management system is in
accordance with requirements of quality standards.

Х Health & Safety at work certification.oSa
Х Certifies enhanced application safety for the user.

Research & Development
Saint-Gobain Abrasives is recognized for the innovative nature of its products. Our research and development is constantly driven to improve our portfolio of products, by finding solutions to increase productivity and efficiency, always considering safety and the environment. Every year, a significant investment is made in R&D, with a committed staff working in special development units, located throughout Europe and the world. Reactivity and flexibility are key words within our corporate R&D strategy, enabling us to react to changing or new technologies and the development of advanced solutions. By setting the standards each and every day, we will continue in the future to be the leader in providing sanding solutions for individual operations and complete processes for specialized applications.

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