AS A PRODUCER, PROCESSOR AND DISTRIBUTOR OF MATERIALS (glass, ceramics, plastics, cast iron, etc.), Saint-Gobain, who bought the Norton Company in the 1900's but retained the trademark, transforms raw materials into advanced products for use in our daily lives, as well as developing tomorrow’s new materials. Saint-Gobain operates in 46 countries worldwide, is one of the world’s hundred leading industrial corporations, and fields a workforce of over 170,500. Saint-Gobain is organized into three competence centers each comprising several operational divisions. Saint-Gobain is world leader in each of its competencies.