Sibelco is a leading manufacturer of high-quality blast cleaning abrasives for surface preparation (grit blasting), working with customers worldwide across a broad range of industries.

We offer one of the industry’s widest selections of blast cleaning abrasives for dry and wet blasting, delivering outstanding surface preparation on steel, metal, stone, concrete, wood and other surfaces. From facade cleaning to ship repair, different surfaces demand different abrasive materials – that’s why our solutions are tailored to your specific needs. Whether you want hardness or fracture resistance, density or recyclability, our team are always on hand to advise on the best materials for the job.  

All products in our expendable abrasives range are produced from carefully selected secondary raw materials in accordance with ISO standards 11126 and 11127 and contain less than 1% free crystalline silica. Please also see our range of recyclable abrasives and special abrasives.

With operations in 30 countries and an extensive logistics network, we can help you achieve your goals. We have large-scale production capacity via five dedicated abrasive plants, strategically located close to the major ports of Rotterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp. This means short lead times and prompt delivery. For fixed locations or long-term projects, our silo rental system provides maximum flexibility around deliveries whilst at the same time reducing packaging materials.

Efficient blasting demands consistent quality abrasive materials. You can count on the consistent quality and prompt delivery of our abrasive materials. Many of our plants have ISO 9001:2015 certification, and our Dordrecht factory in The Netherlands is one of the world’s most advanced facilities for expendable abrasives.

Please contact us today to discuss your abrasive / grit blasting (sandblasting) needs – we’ll advise you on the best type of blasting media for all of your surface preparation requirements.

Shipbuilding and shiprepair
Our blast cleaning abrasives remove the toughest mill scale, paint and rust from steel hulls, helping you to achieve the desired grade of cleanliness or surface profile
Oil, gas, and petrochemical
Onshore or offshore, you can count on us for a wide range of blast cleaning abrasives to help combat steel corrosion.
Facade cleaning
From sandstone cathedrals to brick built houses, our blast cleaning abrasives clean brilliantly without damaging the surface.
Waterjet cutting
The addition of an abrasive material increases the power of high-pressure waterjet cutters, delivering the strength to cut almost any material.
Road construction and civil engineering
We offer a range of high-performance blast cleaning abrasives for the surface preparation and pre-treatment of dams, bridges, viaducts and locks.
Blasting of wood
From wooden furniture to oak beams to flooring and panels, the right grade of abrasive can bring wood back to its best.

About Sibelco
With over 160 production sites across 30 countries, Sibelco is one of the world’s leading providers of industrial minerals and other material solutions. 

Combining materials, technology and knowhow, we create solutions for society’s changing needs.  From materials supporting rapid urbanisation and society’s need for energy, to specialist minerals that enable new digital technologies.  From game-changing glass recycling processes helping to combat climate change, through to soil modifiers and filtration media that support the supply of food and clean water for a growing population.

Like the world around us, our business is constantly evolving as we work with our customers to explore possibilities and create new, shared opportunities.

Visit our Group website to find out more.

Sandblasting, abrasive or grit blasting – a quick note about terminology
Abrasive or grit blasting is still commonly referred to as sandblasting. This is because at one time, sand was the most commonly used type of blasting media. Today however, sandblasting is no longer recommended for a number of important reasons.

The use of sand as a blasting media for surface preparation presents problems with moisture content as well as significant health and safety issues. So whilst the term "sandblasting" is still widely used across the industry, Sibelco does not recommend for abrasive / grit blasting. Instead we offer a wide selection of other blasting media materials that deliver better results, safely.

Incorporating expendable abrasives and recyclable abrasives, our blasting media solutions (sometimes referred to as blasting grit) are drawn from a wide range of abrasive materials, including iron silicate (copper slag / nickel slag), calcium silicate (iron furnace slag), aluminium silicate (coal slag), metallic abrasives, aluminium oxide, crushed glass abrasive and roofing granules.