The Norton Story

About us


Born in 1941, in a 40'x40' room at Mora, near Mumbai Grindwell pioneered the manufacture of Grinding Wheels in India. Promoted by two Parsi entrepreneurs, the Company has grown steadily over the years. 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, in 1996 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 and sits at the forefront of the industry providing highly engineered, high performance value-adding abrasive solutions, thanks to its continual investment in R&D and close collaboration with customers.


Reflecting our origins and our evolution over 70 plus years, a rich and unique culture combining family values and professionalism permeates GNO. Our culture is characterized by Respect for People, Integrity, Freedom, Openness, Professionalism, Teamwork and Accountability and a strong commitment to Environment, Health and Safety. The GNO culture is in perfect harmony with the Saint-Gobain Principles of Conduct and Action, which reflect the values of the Group.


Apart from this GNO has a strong distribution channel which comprises of more than 900 distributors across all states in India. This broadly sums up the extensive reach of GNO.


Snap shot of Abrasives Business in India




GNO Abrasives has 4 manufacturing locations, they are, (Mora near Mumbai, Nagpur, Bangalore, Himachal Pradesh) and 10 sales offices across the country