Growth via acquisition and international expansion


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Saint-Gobain Abrasives focuses its strategy on continued international expansion and the continuous development of innovative abrasive solutions

1990-2000 Winter and Flexovit

Enters China 

Acquires Stake in Grindwell Norton in India

Acquires Winter

Acquires Unicorn Group

Acquires Flexovit International

1990 Saint-Gobain






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• Saint-Gobain acquires Norton

1950-1990 Carborundum

Listed on the NYSE

Enters construction products and aquires Clipper

Enters Diamond products and acquires Christensen

• Acquires Carborundum Abrasives North America

1930-1950 Behr Manning

Enters Coated Abrasives and acquires Behr Manning Corp.

Enters Brazil

1990-1930 Norton

• Norton expands to Europe

• Creation of Norton Grinding Machine Co.

• Establishes plants in France, Canada and Japan

1885 Norton

Creation of Norton Emery Wheel Co.