Industry Milestones

Industry Milestones

In 1971, it started with an idea. That idea led to the collective expertise of several individuals who were interested in finding a better way to manufacture diamond grinding tools. Four decades later, Abrasive Technology has evolved into the premier producer of superabrasive products in the world. Here's a timeline of key events in our company's history.

1971:
Abrasive Technology was established
1975:
Obtained U.S. patent for P.B.S.® process
1978:
Obtained U.S. patents for Gear Saver™
1981:
Obtained Japanese patent for P.B.S.® process
1986:
Opened new world headquarters facility in Lewis Center, Ohio
Purchased Crystalite® Corporation
1989:
Purchased PTC
1990:
Purchased Diabrasive
1991:
Purchased DTI
1993:
Expanded world headquarters
1994:
Purchased Abraxas
1995:
Expanded world headquarters
1996:
Obtained U.S. patents for CBX™, P.B.S.® process
Purchased new facility in Montreal
1997:
Purchased PDT (part 1)
1998:
Purchased Habit Diamond
Purchased DFI
1999:
Purchased Hytech Abrasives
Opened new facility in Elgin/world headquarters expansion
2000:
Obtained PCD drill patent
2001:
Opened new facility in Saltash, UK
Purchased Tudor Diamond
Purchased PDT (part 2)
Obtained ISO certification
2006:
Purchased CarboTech
2007:
Obtained U.S. Patent for Non-metallic CMP conditioning disk
Purchased Tulon de Mexico
2008:
Obtained U.S., EC and Korean patents for VFlex™ Technology
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