Report from Latin America: Brazilian slab producer adds new equipment
January 1, 2007
Marmocil was founded in 1968 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, and it is specialized in the production of granite polished slabs for internal and external applications. Although the company’s initial focus was on the domestic market, it expanded to the international market in 2001, with the installation of a modern industrial complex located in Cariacica, Vitória, Espírito Santo. From the beginning, the factory was equipped with advanced stoneworking machinery, and it continues to add new technology from Italy, including a state-of-the-art plant for resin-treated slabs.
The factory covers an area of 333,000 square feet, and it has a workforce of 100 employees. To fulfill the company’s mission to produce high-quality polished slabs, it works with the latest generation of stoneworking machinery. Blocks are cut into raw slabs with diamond wire, which offers optimum speed and precision. It recently added a third diamond wire saw, which helped increase production to 269,000 square feet of polished slabs per month.
The company also added an automated line from Pedrini of Italy for resin treatment of slabs. This line includes large-scale driers to remove all moisture from the slab prior to resin application, as well as to ensure optimum penetration and curing of the resin products. All of the machinery for loading and unloading slabs from the resin line is automated, with multiple vacuum lifters transporting the material.
Slab honing and polishing is done using a Levibreton KG 2000 from Breton of Italy, which is equipped with 19 polishing heads.
Finished materials are stocked in two warehouses, which have a capacity of 430,000 square feet of premium slabs for the export market.
There is also another slab-cutting unit in the city of Nova Venécia, in northeast Espírito Santo, which is equipped with six gangsaws. Material from this facility also feeds the Cariacica plant.
Since 70% of the products fabricated are sourced from quarries owned by Granasa, the parent company of the group, Marmocil manages the whole production chain - from block extraction to the final slab shipped to the customer. In addition to materials from Granasa, Marmocil also works with materials sourced from third party quarries to meet international market demands.
All of the industrial processes and quality system management at Marmocil is ISO 9001/2000-Certified. “The employees are committed to quality, and the sales team to meet customer satisfaction,” according to Marmocil, which added that the company is active within the local community by participating in social programs for children as well as environmental recycling.
Marmocil offers more than 30 different materials - from the exotic Caju, a fully handcrafted agglomerate which demands time and care, to the standard Ubatuba Green.
The company’s prime export markets are the U.S. and Europe, although Marmocil has also expanded its focus to markets such as the Middle East and Africa.
Among its international promotions, Marmocil will be exhibiting in the upcoming Vitória Stone Fair in February of 2007, which will take place in the traditional Carapina Pavilion in Serra, Espírito Santo, Brazil.