Expanding into Brazil

May 1, 2005
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+


With the rising popularity of natural stones from Brazil, many leading stone producers from Europe have decided to establish plants within the state of Espirito Santo. One of these new endeavors is Levantina Brasil, a modern stoneworking facility located in Vitória.

The factory opened in July of 2003, and all of the production is slabs. Over 100 containers of slabs are exported per month, much of which goes to the U.S. market. There are 93 workers at the facility, which has a total of 600,000 square feet of space, and overall production is 35,000 to 40,000 square feet per month. Blocks are processed into raw slabs on Gaspari Menotti jumbo gangsaws, which can process up to three blocks at one time. After being cut on the gangsaws, material is delivered by rail to the resin/polishing plant, which features a resin line from Protec and polishing equipment from Gaspari Menotti. They are first calibrated and then treated with resin. After the resin is cured in large-format driers, they are then polished on a 22-head polishing line, dried and treated with wax.

The quality-control process is ex-tensive, with 10 people classifying slabs into various categories. The company also records the block number, slab number and measurements for each slab to ensure that all orders can be accounted for after they are shipped.

Levantina is continually adding to its inventory of stone varieties, and recent additions include Argento, Nasca, Nautilus, Ginger, Deep Purple, Green Lara and Kalahari, among others. To maintain close contact with the U.S. market, the company has three area managers in America, including one in Philadelphia, PA.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Stone World 

Recent Articles by Michael Reis

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

The Stone Fashion Show at Marmomacc in Verona

As usual, stone suppliers from Italy and around the world relied on the Marmomacc fair to showcase some of the latest stone materials to the international marketplace. The following is a look at just some of the stone materials on display in Verona.

Stone World Magazine

Stone World September 2014 cover

2014 September

In this issue of Stone World, we have a Report from Europe, which includes a series of articles about the quarries and stone processing operations that SW editor Jennifer Adams visited as part of the Marmomacc Stone Academy.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine

CSTD Fall 2014 cover

2014 Fall

In this issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design, we take a look at the latest developments in TPT, with a feature article and you can read more comments from Waldrep on this subject as well as other industry professionals.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

STONE STANDARD

Are you aware of the new stone standard – ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainability Assessment for Natural Dimension Stone?
View Results Poll Archive

The Stone World Store

How_To_Polish_&_Restore_Mar.gif
How to Polish & Restore Marble Flooring

This video will show you step-by-step how to resurface and polish marble flooring from grinding and removing lippage and scratches to achieving a highly reflective polish.

More Products

Stone Guide

2014 Stone World Stone Guide

The directory for Stone, Equipment and Supplies - the single information resource readers turn to.

Stone Industry Education

stone industry educationStone Industry Education is sponsored by Stone World Magazine and Marble Institute of America. The SIE events will help you: strengthen your skills, build your business, and  increase profit in your shop.  Check out stoneindustryeducation.com to register for upcoming fabricator and installer seminars.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook logo Twitter  YouTubeGoogle+