Report from Europe: Italian tile producer emphasizes quality
September 1, 2006
When visiting the factory of Bonotti Esportazioni srl in Montignoso, Massa, Italy, the most obvious aspect of the facility is the two complete Breton tile lines for marble and granite. But also noticeable are quality-control specialists at the end of each production line, who ensure that the stone tiles being packaged meet the company's high standards.
Bonotti initially began as a marble producer, and it now operates two complete tile lines from Breton - one for marble and one for granite.
Marble varieties include some of the renowned stones of the Carrara region, such as Calacatta, as well as materials such as White Venetino and some colored marbles. In terms of granite, Bonotti fabricates material from around the world, bringing in stone from countries such as India and Brazil, among others.
During the production process, billets - or strips - of stone are delivered to the line using robotic vacuum lifters from Breton, and the line includes machinery for calibrating, cross cutting, beveling and polishing. For marble processing, the company has a Levibreton KFM, which is equipped with 12 polishing heads. Meanwhile, granite is polished using a Levibreton that is equipped with 18 polishing heads and abrasives from Tenax S.p.A.
Tiles are produced in a number of sizes, although the most popular dimensions are 12 x 12 and 18 x 18 inches. As required, the tiles are treated with resin products from Tenax.
There are a total of 17 workers in the company, including 12 in the plant, and daily production is 5,400 square feet of granite and 4,300 square feet of marble. The majority of Bonotti's production is exported, and markets include the U.S. and the Far East as well as other nations within Europe, such as Germany. In addition to standard tile production, Bonotti also fabricates tiles for architectural projects.