The Businesses of Saint-Gobain Group in India are housed in two large entities, Grindwell Norton Limited (GNO), a publicly traded company and Saint-Gobain India Pvt. Ltd. (SGI) and a few smaller entities:
GNO, a company listed on the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges, pioneered the manufacture of grinding wheels in India in 1941. Saint-Gobain currently holds 51.66% of the equity capital of GNO. Today, GNO’s businesses include: Abrasives, Silicon Carbide, High Performance Refractories, Performance Plastics and ADFORS. The Delegation (Country Head) office, the Project Engineering Group and SG INDEC (the captive India IT Development Centre for the Saint-Gobain Group globally) are also part of GNO.
GNO’s subsidiary, Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials Bhutan Pvt. Ltd., manufactures Silicon Carbide. GNO holds 70% of the equity of the company.
Saint-Gobain India Pvt. Ltd. houses the following businesses: Crystals, Glass and Glass Solutions, Gyproc, SEFPRO, Sekurit and Weber.
Saint-Gobain Research India Pvt. Ltd. houses the Group’s transversal R & D Centre (one of eight such centres spread around the world).
Saint-Gobain Sekurit India Ltd., a company listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, is in the automotive glass business and manufactures glazings primarily for commercial vehicles and 3-wheeler OEMs and for the replacement market. Saint-Gobain holds 75% of the equity capital of the company.