Norton Abrasives Introduces New Norton/Merit Flap Discs and Fiber Discs for Metal Fabricating.

Multi-tier product offering delivers maximum performance at all price levels, providing metal fabricators more "Muscle Behind The Machine".

WORCESTER, MA, USA - Saint-Gobain Abrasives - Norton, the world's largest abrasives manufacturer and leader in metal fabrication abrasive products for over 125 years, has introduced a complete new lineup of Norton/ Merit flap discs and fiber discs in a comprehensive multi-tier selection.

"Our new flap disc and fiber disc product lines provide metal fabricators the most complete range of right angle grinding solutions at all performance and price levels. Norton SG Blaze® Plus is offered in the BEST tier for the industry's top performance and lowest total cost solution, NorZon® BlueFire(TM) in the BETTER tier for an excellent mix of high performance and competitive price and Merit Metal in the GOOD line for end users that are looking for performance at a great price level." said Mr. David Long, Director of Marketing, Strategy and Marketing Information at Saint-Gobain Abrasives.

Norton/Merit flap discs are engineered for applications ranging from stock removal to blending and are available in Type 27 & Type 29 shapes with fiberglass, plastic and aluminum backing plates. Norton/Merit fiber discs feature a full resin bond system with heavy-duty fiber backing for increased strength, durability and tear resistance.

New - Norton SG Blaze® Plus Flap Discs

Offering the "best" highest productivity at the lowest total cost, Norton SG Blaze Plus flap discs feature the latest generation ceramic alumina abrasives and are the industry's fastest cutting discs with 50-200% longer life over any flap disc on stainless steel, titanium and super alloys. Blaze Plus has a supersize grinding aid that produces a cool, noticeably fast cut rate and a durable, lightweight fiberglass back that provides high strength and vibration absorption.

New - NorZon® BlueFire(TM) Flap Discs

BlueFire discs feature new zirconia alumina plus abrasives for an increased cut rate, offering an exceptional blend of performance and price. They provide up to 30% longer life over conventional zirconia products on carbon steel and weld. BlueFire discs also feature a durable fiberglass back and a semi open coat that retards loading on aluminum.

New - Merit Metal Flap Discs

Featuring an engineered blend of two high performance zirconia products, cotton and polyester flaps, Merit Metal flap discs provide a good starting specification when price is a primary consideration. They provide superior cut rate, longer life and exceptional wear resistance.

New - Norton SG Blaze® F980 Fiber Discs

An improved ceramic (sg) grain with self-lubricating supersize treatment and heavy fiber backing, creates better finish and longer life on stainless and other tough applications. In addition, Blaze produces a cutting rate that is four times faster than standard aluminum oxide discs.

New - Norton NorZon® BlueFire(TM) F826 Fiber Discs

The "better" choice for stainless, super alloys, steel cast iron and high pressure applications, NorZon BlueFire features a new and improved blend of patented ceramic alumina and zirconia alumina abrasive, providing fast, aggressive cutting which self-sharpens with use.

Merit Metal Fiber Discs

Merit Metal Fiber discs offer a "good" starting specification for all metals. They feature high performance aluminum oxide and provide consistent performance at a low initial price.

Norton /Merit Flap discs are available flat or conical types in sizes ranging from 4"-7" in 7/8" plain hole or 5/8"-11 discard mount, grit ranges from 24 to 120. Fiber discs are available in 4"-9 1/8" sizes with grit ranges from 16-120.

About Saint-Gobain

Norton is a brand of Saint-Gobain. With more than 1,000 subsidiaries in 59 countries, Saint-Gobain ( is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of building materials, and a leader in the production of high performance materials, glass containers and abrasives. Founded in 1665 and headquartered in Paris, Saint-Gobain had worldwide sales of $52.7 billion in 2009 and employs approximately 209,000 people. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain employs approximately 19,000 people, and had sales of $6.8 billion in 2009. The company has approximately 150 manufacturing plants and more than 150 distribution outlets throughout North America.

Numerous new Norton and Merit brand products will be showcased at FABTECH, the metal fabricating industry's main event, on November 2-4, 2010 in Atlanta, GA. At the show, Norton will demonstrate how their full range of products that provide the "Muscle Behind the Machine" on right angle grinders, random orbital sanders, pneumatic die grinders and large diameter cut-off machines, in BEST, BETTER and GOOD performance categories.

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