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Saint-Gobain NorPro

Saint-Gobain NorPro serves the oil and gas production, refining, petrochemical/chemical, and environmental industries with highly-advanced ceramic based products for fixed bed reactor processing, heat and mass transfer applications, as well as drilling and exploration.

Saint-Gobain NorPro has developed into a major international supplier with a distinguished 100+-year history, starting from its humble beginnings as a backyard pottery producer in Akron, Ohio in 1859. The company’s evolution started with U.S. Stoneware, then Norton Chemical Process Products (Norton Company), and now as Saint-Gobain NorPro (Saint-Gobain).

The company provides technology-driven ceramic solutions – material science knowledge, forming capabilities, and the ability to tailor materials to specific requirements. 

NorPro® Products/Brands

The company operates seven world class manufacturing facilities in three countries – the most recent facility addition located in Guanghan, China. Their global manufacturing facilities maintain the strictest product and material standards and provide the same consistent high-quality and outstanding service to customers everywhere

  • Denstone® bed support media for optimized reactor performance, economy and reliability.  Available in both spherical and shaped, known as Denstone® deltaP® support media for improved operating performance and cost-saving results through reduced pressure drop.


  • MacroTrap® guard bed media is highly-macroporous ceramic media for the prevention of premature pressure drop rise caused by particulate deposition on catalyst and adsorbent beds.
  • Bed topping media for fixed bed reactors includes traditional graded beds of Denstone® support media, as well as advanced materials and shapes such as NGBT® and Pentaring media, HSA alumina rings, and MacroTrap® guard bed media.

  • Catalyst carriers developed in a wide range of materials in cooperation for each customer-specific need.  Saint-Gobain NorPro is the world's leading supplier of merchant catalyst carriers.  Finished catalysts are installed in processing units called fixed bed or slurry bed reactors.


  • Thermal and heat management media (HexPak™, AF38™, Snowflake™, Ty-Pak™, Norton™ saddles) for regenerative thermal oxidizers (RTO) for new construction and revamps.  Media combines two critical components -- both shape and material composition for overall performance.




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