The businesses of the Saint-Gobain Group in India are housed in two large entities, Grindwell Norton Limited (GNO), a publicly traded company, and Saint-Gobain India Pvt. Ltd. (SGI).
Grindwell Norton is a part of the High Performance Materials division, which is a part of the Innovative Materials Sector of the Group. Listed on the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges, the Company pioneered the manufacture of grinding wheels in India in 1941. Saint-Gobain currently holds 51.66% of the equity capital of GNO. Today, GNO’s businesses include: Abrasives, Silicon Carbide, High Performance Refractories, Performance Plastics and ADFORS. INDEC (the captive India IT Development Centre for the Saint-Gobain Group globally) is also a part of GNO.
GNO’s subsidiary, Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials Bhutan Pvt. Ltd., manufactures Silicon Carbide. GNO holds 70% of the equity of this Company.
The CertainTeed business, which is a part of the Construction Products Sector of Saint-Gobain, also operates under GNO.
GNO’s Abrasives Business, markets and manufactures a full range of Bonded Abrasives, Coated Abrasives (including Non-woven Abrasives), Thin Wheels and Super Abrasives at its plants near Mumbai, Bangalore, Nagpur and Himachal Pradesh.
The The High Performance Refractories (HPR) business offers complete solutions with expertise in design, engineering and manufacturing refractory systems for high temperature, ballistic and wear applications. The HPR plants are located in Bangalore and Halol (Gujarat). The Silicon Carbide business manufactures Silicon Carbide crude and grains at Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) and near Phuentsholing (Bhutan) and is a major supplier to all leading Refractory, Metallurgy and Abrasives manufacturers in India.
ADFORS is the world leader in glass fibre technical fabrics for applications in construction and industry. Its products include glass fibre mesh for exterior wall insulation, wall coverings, joint tapes, glass mats for thermal insulation and the production of asphalt concrete overlays, as well as insect screens and paving reinforcement grids. The business has a manufacturing facility in Bangalore. The Performance Plastics business creates products with high-performance properties (temperatures, chemicals, friction, optical and weather/wear resistance) used to produce energy and reduce consumption, provide protection, improve comfort and sustain the environment. It produces and markets products through three businesses: Engineered Components, Fluid Systems and Composites. The Performance Plastics business has a manufacturing facility in Bangalore.
GNO’s other businesses include: CertainTeed (part of the Construction Products Sector of Saint-Gobain) and INDEC (the captive India IT Development Centre for the Saint-Gobain Group globally).
CertainTeed is a business unit which offers world-class exterior building products. Since 2004, we have promoted innovative roofing and wall-cladding product applications in India. The unit’s portfolio stretches from individual houses, resorts and educational institutions to government buildings and mega townships across the country.
INDEC- the IT Development Centre of the Saint-Gobain Group is an entity with a vision to leverage India’s technical skills in the Information Technology domain to provide timely, high-quality and cost-effective IT solutions to Saint-Gobain businesses globally.