Norton Saint-Gobain Abrasives bring their latest abrasive technology products to South Africa

Norton Abrasives has developed the Norton Vitrium3 bonded abrasives products, engineered for maximum performance and cost savings in precision grinding.

Having manufactured in South Africa for decades and with the world becoming easier to trade across it’s continents, it was time to introduce the many technical advancements of abrasive products to South Africa directly from the numerous Norton manufacturing plants from around the world. An intense effort is currently being made to migrate customers over to the new products and the results so far have seen an increase in product life and productivity for customers.


An entirely new abrasives platform, Norton Vitrium3 features a patent-pending bond technology developed by the Saint-Gobain Abrasives R&D team. This bond features an exclusive chemistry that promotes grain adhesion, resulting in improved product versatility across a wide range of applications. Substantial performance improvements with Norton Vitrium3 are now attainable in all Norton abrasive grains, from proprietary Norton Quantum ceramic alumina to conventional aluminium oxide.


Norton Vitrium3 has three major features and benefits over standard vitrified bonds:

1. A stronger bond construction allows superior form and corner holding for improved part quality and higher tolerances, reduced dressing time and wear, as well as the ability to meet the higher wheel speeds demanded of today’s equipment.

2. An improved holding power using less bond-to-abrasive ratio. This allows increased exposure of the abrasive grains for an improved cut rate and significantly less burn, while reducing power consumption and grinding forces on the part.

3. An increased porosity improves coolant flow and chip clearance to eliminate burn or other part damage, especially on today’s tough-to-grind materials, such as high nickel alloys, tool steels and chrome.

For further details contact Saint-Gobain Abrasives on TEL: 011 961 2000 or visit