Latin America:
Brazilian stone producer expands capacity

September 18, 2001
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
Already a major supplier of Brazilian stone to the U.S. market, Michelangelo of Curitiba, Paran¿Brazil, is looking to expand its presence with the investment of new machinery in its fabricating plant.

"Michelangelo has made investments in order to increase its production capacity in both the tile and slab factories," said Priscila Fleischfresser of Michelangelo. "The company is currently running two tile lines and four block cutters, all from Pedrini of Italy. The company's most recent investment has been two gangsaws, the Model Grizzly Super from BM of Italy."

According to Fleischfresser, the new machinery was purchased to bolster the company's export clientele, which comprises a substantial portion of the company's business. "Investments were made in order to assist our customers overseas," she said, adding that the equipment purchases were based on Michelangelo's business in 2000 as well as the current and forecasted demand for 2001.

With the new machinery investments, Michelangelo's production rate has increased from 25,000 square meters per month to 45,000 square meters per month. A total of 117 people are working in the company's fabricating facilities.

In addition to the factories, the company is looking to add materials to a product lineup that includes the Golden Series (Golden Star, Golden 500 and Golden Sand), Giallo Napoleone, Lavras Green, Juparana Tobacco, Juparana Classic, Beige Livea and Giallo Itabella as well as well-known materials such as Tunas Green, Blue Bahia, Brown Pearl and Bahia Brown.

Moreover, the company has also made investments in its quarries, including sites for Tunas Green, Dunas Beige, Amendoa Chocolate and Paran¿hite marble.

In addition to the U.S., Michelangelo's primary export markets are Australia, Mexico, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, the Middle East and the Far East.

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.



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


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 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 to register for upcoming fabricator and installer seminars.


facebook logo Twitter  YouTubeGoogle+