Abrasives | Reshaping your world

Abrasives

Saint-Gobain Abrasives' product portfolio offers powerful, precise, user-friendly solutions for many different markets and for every step of the abrasive process. Our abrasives enable our customers to shape and surface finish all types of materials in complex and challenging applications, from DIY home improvement to highly technical precision engineered products.  The Abrasives R&D teams hire engineers and scientists from  many disciplines, including chemists and materials scientists, chemical, mechanical, and polymer engineers, and others to help us deliver cleaner, more efficient, more sustainable products to our customers.  Find out more about our Abrasives R&D teams and consider shaping your career with us! 

 

 

 

Bonded Abrasives

Bonded abrasives in NRDC

Superabrasives

Superabrasives in NRDC

 

 

Coated Abrasives

coated abrasives in NRDC

 

 

Thin Wheels

thinWheels in NRDC

 

 

Want to learn more?

Visit the Saint-Gobain Abrasives website for additional information.

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Focus on: Coated Abrasives

  • Unique abrasive grains and resin systems coated on paper, cloth, film, vulcanised fibre or synthetic backing.
  • Converted into different shapes such as belts, rolls, discs, sheets, etc.
  • For applications including heavy-to-medium material removal, fine finishing, and light blending and polishing.
coated abrasives in NRDC
coated abrasives in NRDC
coated abrasives in NRDC

 

 

What's in a coated abrasive and how is it made?

Production Process

 

Production process coated abrasives in NRDC

Charles Herbert principal scientist in NRDC

Meet Charles

  Principal Scientist

 

 

 

 

What type of candidate is the Abrasives team looking for?

 

What do Abrasives engineers do?

 

Why join us?

 

Charlie will answer some of these questions.

 

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