First coated abrasives manufactured at the present location
Company converted into a stock corporation
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.
Separation of ownership and operational management
Launch of a new global corporate identity
Initial public offering on the Swiss Stock Exchange
125th anniversary of mechanical manufacturing of coated abrasives
Expansion into nonwoven abrasives with the acquisition of sia Fibral Ltd. (UK)
Expansion into the market for abrasive coated foam products (sanding pads and blocks) with the acquisition of sia Abrafoam Ltd. (UK)
Acquisition of sia Abrasives by Robert Bosch GmbH
Delisting of sia shares from the Swiss Stock Exchange
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 17 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.