Born in 1941, in a 40'x40' room at Mora, near Mumbai Grindwell pioneered the manufacture of Grinding Wheels in India. Promoted by two Parsi entrepreneurs, the Company has grown steadily over the years. Grindwell Norton Ltd. (GNO) came into being when a technical collaboration in 1967 between Grindwell and the then world leader in abrasives ? Norton Company, USA, grew into a financial collaboration in 1971. In 1990, Saint-Gobain acquired Norton Company, USA, worldwide, and six years later, in 1996 GNO became the first majority-owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain in India.