R&D – from minute Components to vast Impacts

11 December 2007

Saint Gobain sets a high value on Research and Development

In addition to the international Research Centre SGR in France, NWR&D in USA and SGRS in China, there are powerful R&D departments in all individual fields of activities – one of them is the Competence Centre for Superabrasives, located in Norderstedt.


Out of the 50 employees in R&D, 14 of them are in charge of research activities (7 graduated engineers with postgraduate education in chemistry, physics, material science, specialized in bonded-, metal- and vitrified abrasives; as well as surface chemistry).

The foundations for our strong position on the world market and our success in the main industrial markets are laid by the R&D Centres: Synergic effects deriving from international and comprehensive cooperation are utilized effectively.


Research and Development

In this context invention and innovation precisely describe:

  • Generation of Ideas on the basis of latest scientific findings
  • Application related to concept development
  • Prototyping/ trial tools
  • Development of bond systems

for new materials, methods and processes. Focussed consequently on customers’ value, they lead to new, more economical and technically advanced tools.



Despite of the main task – the analytical support of R&D - the analysis serve the purpose of

  • Supporting production departments and manufacturing locations
  • Inspection of incoming and finished goods
  • Complaints analysis

Numerous laboratories (metallographic, electroplating, chemical, vitrified and resin bond laboratories) offer the latest equipment for developing new products. These can be examined comprehensively with light and electron microscopy, from mechanical to chemical testing devices.