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Working in a company that has more than a 350-year-old pedigree is quite a wealth of knowledge to draw upon. Saint-Gobain is an extremely diverse global phenomenon that continues to expand. It is also a company with a conscience.

Last September, Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saint-Gobain, announced Saint-Gobain’s commitment to achieving zero net carbon emissions by 2050. While Saint-Gobain materials contribute to space exploration (satellites, rockets, robots and astronomical space observatories), it is clearly here on Earth that they perform their most important role.

Through its materials, Saint-Gobain is deeply committed to providing solutions to the major challenges facing the world, such as housing, transport, and ensuring the health of almost 10 billion people by 2050 while also protecting the planet.

Saint-Gobain posted their first nine months of sales of growth at 3.4%. Consolidated sales for the first nine months of 2019 were €32 471million compared to €31 130 million for the first nine months of 2018.

South Africa

This year sees Saint-Gobain Abrasives South Africa in new working premises in Midrand as the company continues to grow locally and abroad. The previous year saw many changes for the company as they added to their national footprint of availability to make life easier for customers.

The launch of MeshTM and Black Ice water paper saw the already inclusive range cater for even more body shop concerns.

‘Right’ means different things to every customer. And, if Norton don’t have the solution you’re looking for today, you can count on them to be developing that solution for tomorrow. As one of Saint-Gobain’s world leading brands, Norton Automotive Aftermarket offers the most advanced and widest portfolio of cutting, grinding, blending, finishing and polishing solutions for all markets. As modern body shops continue to evolve, the global expertise of Saint-Gobain becomes increasingly more valuable to making a difference in the day-to-day operation of body shops.

Norton is constantly innovating and improving working conditions for users whilst simplifying the job at hand. This is achieved through considering the ergonomics of user comfort and eliminating dust and noise. They are also focused on increasing efficiency and productivity in the workshop with the goal to reduce the total cost of materials consumed.

Partnerships

Getting product to the industry is essential while it requires sound partnership with a professional and competent distribution network.

“Forming partnerships has allowed us to grow our footprint nationally, and beyond, really quickly.” says Thabo Nyamane, national key accounts manager (AAM), Saint-Gobain Abrasives SA. “The partnerships that we have formed with Autoboys and ADH have been integral in reaching our customers efficiently and feedback has been very positive on all sides. We are encouraged to see how much more we can grow this year with these partners and other avenues that we are exploring too”

Norton has teamed up with the Automotive Distributor Hub, (ADH) who have automotive paint distributors as members across South Africa as well as Mauritius, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

The ADH distributor network is proud to partner with Norton Automotive Aftermarket and looking forward to supplying the industry with a host of quality suppliers specialising in paint and non-paint brands.

Contact Thabo Nyamane for more details on products, distribution and much more on thabo.nyamane@saint-gobain.com or call the sales team on 0860 NORTON (667866).