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April 23, 2013 - Made of non-woven nylon impregnated with abrasive grain and smear-free resin, Norton Rapid Prep surface conditioning discs are suited for surface finishing applications across industries from aerospace and transportation to energy and metal fabrication. For use with right-angle grinders, in-line grinders, and die grinders, products have open structure that resists loading on softer materials while providing optimal surface finishing on hard materials.

New Norton Rapid Prep Range


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Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Inc.
Doxey Road
Stafford, ST16 1EA
United Kingdom



Press release date: April 1, 2013

Saint-Gobain Abrasives, the world’s leading manufacturer and supplier of performance engineering abrasives, has introduced its new portfolio of Rapid Prep products under the Norton brand. Made of non-woven nylon impregnated with abrasive grain and patented smear-free resin, Norton Rapid Prep surface conditioning discs are ideal for surface finishing applications such as removing surface defects, oxides and corrosion, de-burring, mould cleaning and blending uneven edges and marks, across industries ranging from aerospace and transportation, to energy and metal fabrication. Norton Vortex Rapid Prep’s state-of-the-art design enables up to four times the performance of available surface finishing products on the market.

For use with right-angle grinders, in-line grinders and die grinders, Norton Rapid Prep products feature an open structure that resists loading on softer materials like aluminum and provides excellent surface finishing on hard materials like cast iron, steel, nickel, and alloys, increasing overall operational efficiency.

A multi-purpose surface finishing product line, the Norton Rapid Prep portfolio delivers continuous cutting on soft and hard materials. Norton Vortex Rapid Prep features a patented Vortex grain technology that can deliver up to four times the performance of conventional surface conditioning discs, while standard Norton Rapid Prep is ideal for all de-burring and blending applications.

Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2011 sales of Euros42.1 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has around 195,000 employees.

In the UK and Ireland, some of the best known and respected companies in the construction industry are part of Saint-Gobain. Alongside Saint-Gobain Abrasives,these include British Gypsum, Isover, Solaglas, Weber, Saint-Gobain Glass, Saint-Gobain PAM, Pasquill, Ecophon and Saint-Gobain Solar. Together they offer a range of high performance energy-saving products and solutions to help create a more sustainable built environment.
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