Grindwell Norton Ltd. (GNO) came into being when a technical collaboration in 1967 between Grindwell and the then world leader in abrasives – Norton Company, USA, grew into a financial collaboration in 1971. In 1990, Saint-Gobain acquired Norton Company, USA, worldwide, and six years later, GNO became the first majority-owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain in India.
Today, GNO is India’s leading manufacturer of Abrasives (Bonded, Coated, Non-Woven, Superabrasives and Thin Wheels) and Silicon Carbide. It also manufactures and markets High Performance Refractories and Performance Plastics products. GNO’s Project Engineering Group (PEG), with its portfolio of diverse projects, is a proven engineering resource for Saint-Gobain companies in India and internationally.
GNO manufacturing locations are seven, they are, (Mora near Mumbai, Nagpur, Bangalore, Tirupati, Halol near Vadodara, Himachal Pradesh and Bhutan) and 11 sales offices across the country. The Himachal Pradesh
Abrasives site and Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials Bhutan Pvt. Ltd. (a joint venture partnership with a local partner) are two recent projects which have
been undertaken to strengthen the Groups presence in India. This broadly sums up the extensive reach of GNO.
In October’2006, GNO had the honour of featuring in Forbes Asia’s “Best Under a Billion” list. It was one of just 23 Indian companies listed among the top 200 companies, with sales of under a billion dollars, in the Asia-Pacific Region,.
GNO remains committed to the pursuit of becoming a world-class company with world-class products and processes. It strongly emphasises cutting-edge technology, restless innovation, customer service and operational freedom. With the distinct advantage of being a part of the Saint-Gobain and Norton family, GNO has access to the best of products and technology, enabling us to provide tomorrow’s products to customers today.