Affiliates - SIA Abrasives

aLion-SiaSIA Abrasives based in Frauenfeld has maintained its position as the third largest supplier of flexible abrasives for years. It develops, manufactures and markets complete abrasive systems tailored to specific requirements and applications for surface preparation and finishing of all kinds. This commitment has made abrasive processes into true surface technologies. sia Abrasives is a member of the Power Tools Division of Robert Bosch GmbH and generates more than 90% of its sales outside Switzerland with a workforce of some 1,200 employees worldwide.

Ever since the turn of the twentieth century, sia Abrasives Industries AG has been the only Swiss company making coated abrasives.

From modest beginnings, starting with sandpaper and emery cloth manufacturing as first recorded in 1875, the company has grown to be the world’s third largest manufacturer in the industry.

40 years ago, sia Abrasives employed fewer than 150 people. Today, it boasts a worldwide workforce of more than 1250 employees devoted to all aspects of abrasive processes, from research and development through manufacturing to marketing and sales.

SIA Abrasives is highly focused on global markets, exporting more than 90% of its production to over 80 countries.

With its 16 Group companies in Europe and overseas coupled with a worldwide network of exclusive representatives, sia Abrasives demonstrates its commitment to customer proximity and efficiency in the international arena.

The Early Years
1867         Chemical factory established in Frauenfeld
1875         First coated abrasives manufactured at the present location
1914         Company converted into a stock corporation

Recent History
1991         Separation of ownership and operational management
1997         Management buyout
1998         Launch of a new global corporate identity
1999         Initial public offering on the Swiss Stock Exchange
2000         125th anniversary of mechanical manufacturing of coated abrasives
2001         Expansion into nonwoven abrasives with the acquisition of sia Fibral Ltd. (UK)
2005         Expansion into the market for abrasive coated foam products (sanding pads and blocks) with the acquisition of sia Abrafoam Ltd. (UK)
2008         Acquisition of sia Abrasives by Robert Bosch GmbH
2009         Delisting of sia shares from the Swiss Stock Exchange

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