Report from Europe: Stone fireplace producer adds technology
Located in Auneau, near Chartres in the northwest of France, between Paris and Nantes, Richar Le Droof processes fireplaces in soft limestone (hearthstone). Recently, the company upgraded its operation by investing in CNC stoneworking technology.
Equipment at the facility includes three bridge saws, hand saws, manual grinders, an Intermac 5-axis CNC stoneworking center and the company's latest investment, a Thibaut T 108 automatic V4 CNC stoneworking center.
Overall, Richar Le Droof - part of SUPRA Group in France, which is specialized in heating-related products such as wood, oil, gas and electricity - has 100 employees, including 25 working in the stone shop.