. These insulating products are manufactured in coated or un-coated rolls, panels and packs. Insulating products are manufactured in some thirty facilities in Europe, the USA, Brazil, Argentina and China. They are used for roofs, walls, facings and ceilings and help reduce energy consumption and absorb noise. The activities of the Insulation Division are divided among glass wool (TEL process), rock wool, and other sectors that are smaller in scale but have promising growth, e.g., foams and acoustic ceilings. Pipe: The Company is in complete ductile iron pipe systems, Saint-Gobain Canalisation designs, produces and markets a range of complete solutions to water transport. The Division, divided into three core businesses (Water and Sewerage, Foundry and Building), primarily supplies two major markets: public works and the building industry. Population growth, the development of urban areas and irrigation, the immediate or recurring consequences of droughts and industry needs create a continuous and growing demand for water supply and sewerage systems. Their production depends on the availability of financing by public authorities or federal governments. THE BUILDING DISTRIBUTION SECTOR The Building Distribution sector engages in building materials distribution. It has a network of 3,100 outlets located in 19 countries including France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands. The Company's Key markets include the construction, restoration and home improvement sectors, serviced through branded stores. Each of its companies targets a certain type of customer – from professional builders to consumers - and organizes its distribution method according to their specific needs. THE HIGH PERFORMANCE MATERIALS SECTOR The High performance materials sector includes Ceramics and Plastics, Abrasives and Reinforcement. Ceramics & Plastics Division The Ceramics & Plastics Division breaks down into four business lines. Grains & Powders: The Company's nano-alumina particles, used for micro-surface finishing. Its proppants, of the size of a grain of sand, are great for fracturing gas and oil wells. Its zirconia powders give intense color to tiles and tableware. Its ceramic coating products provide extended resistance and protection to TV satellite dishes and aircraft engines. Its ceramic moulds make the best titanium-based golf clubs. Ceramics: The Company's refractories line the glass furnaces that manufacture bottles, windows, car windshields and TV screens. Its silicon carbide particulate filters remove the fine particles emitted by diesel engines. Its boron nitride powders help make cosmetics and lipsticks that have coverage and are easy to apply. Its silicon nitride balls are used in Formula 1 Racing cars’ wheel bearings and gear boxes. Saint-Gobain ceramics offers application-driven and cutting-edge materials. Crystals: Saint-Gobain Crystals provides engineered products that are at the frontiers of technology. Plastics: The Company's seals are in Formula One race cars. Its bearings are used in automotive door hinges and pedal linkage systems. Its tubing products handle fluids in laboratories and hospitals. Its foams are used for bonding, sealing, acoustical and vibration damping. Its coated fabrics have many uses, including architectural. Its radomes allow TV and telephone access on airplanes. Abrasives Saint-Gobain is in the Abrasives market with a presence in the USA and operations throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. Abrasives are vital to production and processing industries where they are used for cutting, grinding and polishing. There are three major types or families of Abrasives: Bonded abrasives (precision and fine grinding wheels), Coated abrasives (applied to paper, cloth and synthetic materials) and Superabrasives (diamond-based grinding and tools used in machine tooling or finishing on extremely hard or very fragile materials). Abrasives are also used in everyday life for sand paper, polishing disks, and grinding wheels. Reinforcement The Reinforcement Division has been gradually organized into divisions based on two fundamental business sectors: Saint
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