8-12 December 2010, Saint-Gobain Abrasives consolidation of branch offices in India, the cause of thin grinding wheel, Head of Strategic Planning, Mr. Niranjan Sahasrabudhe and Grindwell production director Vispi B. Contractor and his party have come to the Chinese Abrasives Zhengzhou, Henan Province have the reputation for business visits and carried out with No.six Insitute Of Project Planning and Research of Machinery Industry.
China Coated Abrasives Network reported.
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Reporter: To our knowledge, Grindwell main purpose of this visit to China, abrasive products is the introduction of a hardening tunnel kiln, you can specifically tell us about it?
Niranjan: As you know, Saint-Gobain Abrasives is the cause for the beginning of the acquisition of Norton Company. Although the cause Abrasives Saint-Gobain only a small portion of output, but it has many of these factories in the world. Close contact between plants and factories to help each other. In recent years, the U.S. and Europe markets and products are abrasives are down, but India and China continued to maintain upward momentum. Particular, last year, the Indian market in the situation surge in demand for abrasives. Grindwell was born in 1941, abrasives market in India 70 years old. In order to meet local demand, we need to further expand production capacity. In the survey of the United States, Europe and other countries, production equipment, we have Saint-Gobain Abrasives (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., and with the help of R & D Center, established in China to find equipment suppliers. Because China and India are neighboring countries, abrasives production technologies have many similarities, the factory situation is basically the same, so I hope to find a long-term cooperation in the Chinese equipment supplier, which is the main purpose of our trip.
Reporter: Just now you mentioned that Saint-Gobain R & D Center (Shanghai), India have such a research center?
Niranjan: under construction, estimated to be able to put into use next year. When we refer to R & D center, when abrasives, abrasives generally refers to applied research and testing, R & D center in Shanghai is such a type. Research Centre in India is through the help of U.S. and European technology, go technology research.
Reporter: Can you tell us about the Indian abrasives industry situation?
Niranjan: This has a variety of developments. Abrasives there are many different coated abrasives, bonded abrasives, super-hard products. If we talk about so many products, abrasives in India to show different development levels. Although some companies have chosen to use diamond and CBN started to replace the traditional process, the whole market is rising, but the value of superhard materials and products is also very small compared to the traditional abrasives, stone (marble, granite) and the related cutting tools and polishing products used in the super-hard material products dominate. Bonded Abrasives development of more mature, most of the products and application processes are more advanced in the world, earlier, it even led the development of other processes. Production is the most critical equipment, many of India's world-class production equipment, grinding equipment, too. In the past 10 to 12 years, the production technology and operating experience have been a rapid development, many of the world's advanced technology have been achieved. Soon, about 5 to 10 years, many companies in India will have the advanced technology and used for grinding and cutting production, according to the Indian automobile industry, consolidation may be abrasive to a high-speed development. Coated Abrasives in India has just started soon, compared to abrasive, it is a very small part of it. Other countries, such as Europe and the United States, and in some grinding, often using coated abrasives. But in India, many processing abrasive products are used inertia instead. But with the World Auto Industry and the Indian automotive industry started, the use of coated abrasives will be more and more. Overall, in the past two decades, India's growing demand for abrasives, because increased investment and India as economic development, various industries have been developed more or less, abrasive grinding with no exception.
Reporter: how do you view China Abrasives market?
Niranjan: The more difficult question to answer for me. As India's users, not producers, ah, I get a quality second inexpensive products, and some do not even have any performance at all, but the price is cheap; maker of Norton products to China, we see quality and cheap products - quality can meet the demand and competitive prices. These are two different situations. We believe that this may still be communication problems, the Indian customer does not find a suitable supplier or suppliers of the negotiations and the lack of language support.
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