Stone World

Levantina strengthens its commitment to Brazilian granite

September 5, 2012
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Founded in 1959, Levantina has become a world leader market in quarrying, processing and distributing natural stone. The company owns the Coto Quarry in Spain, which is the largest quarry for Crema Marfil in the world, and on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, it has made significant investments in its granite plant in Brazil.

Currently, Levantina works more than 40 of its own quarries, and it has eight factories and 35 of its own distribution warehouses.

With a product portfolio of more than 180 different materials, Levantina is not only a leading supplier of marble, but also of granite. It exports to more than 110 countries in the European Union, South America, the Middle East and Asia — along with the U.S.

Levantina runs two granite processing plants — one in Porriño, Spain, and another in Vitoria, Brazil. Both plants have a combined capacity of around 40 gangsaws and work together to bring more than 100 granite types from different places around the globe — Africa, India, Brazil and Europe — to markets across the world.

Levantina’s commitment to the environment is based on “the fundamental pillars of sustainable development and business ethics,” and it spans the entire life-cycle of products. Levantina’s materials have been recognized by organizations with independent criteria, such as the GreenGuard Environmental Institute, accrediting its material a sustainable production that allows Levantina to assure the protection of health and the environment. These materials have been used to build internationally renowned large-scale projects in the retail, hospitality, corporate, health care and institutional sector.

Levantina Brazil

In 2003, Levantina opened an industrial plant in Vitoria, Brazil. The strategic location of the factory was to ensure efficient and fast distribution to the U.S. market. This, together with the use of the state-of-the-art technology equipment, has made the plant a key element in Levantina’s international development.

Levantina Brazil has a workforce of over 100 professionals in the quarries and factories. In addition, the company has a local distribution network of three stone distribution centers in Rio de Janeiro, Vitoria and Sao Paulo.

Regarding the extraction process, the company mines material from its own quarries, such as Marisma and Lennon, which is a semi-exotic granite consisting of semi-transparent and gray quartz and large blue crystals. With its neutral tone, it is a very versatile product that is easily combined with a variety of interiors. In addition, Levantina has preferential cooperation agreements with different quarry owners.

After careful block selection in the quarry, the material goes through a production process at the factory that meets the strictest quality controls.

Levantina’s factory uses the most advanced technology in stone transformation, including advanced finishing treatments such as an electronic resin mixer. “This system allows working with different sequential materials; it personalizes the mixture process taking into consideration the tone and composition of the product,” explained Albert Mesa, Levantina’s Global Operations Manager.

The company’s “Continuous Investment Policy” allows Levantina Brazil to incorporate the latest technology in the production process. Currently, production capacity is well over 100 containers per month.

Levantina’s Brazilian granite portfolio is at more than 40 materials. The collection consists of a solid series of traditional materials as well as a dynamic selection of semi-exotic granites. As a result of continuous innovation, the company has recently added a wide variety of granite, which is available in an extensive assortment of colors, such as yellow and gold (Baricatto and Splendour Gold) green (Delirium), white (Super White), burgundy (Kalahari), brown (Kamarica and Orion) and black (Taurus, Titanium and Galaxus).

In terms of customer service, Levantina has also taken great measures for optimization. The production plant in Brazil allows the company to accelerate the container export logistical process to the U.S. market. It has also developed an interactive design tool, Inspiration, to facilitate the selling process. This tool allows the customer to recreate home environments combining the materials from its extensive natural stone collection with different home interiors and decoration styles. Moreover, Levantina’s well-trained and motivated commercial team specializes in Brazilian granite.

A bright future

The immediate future plans for Levantina Brazil, reported by its new CEO, Francisco Rocha, are as follows:

  • An increase in production capacity in the areas of cutting and polishing by 30% next year.
  • A renewal of the product portfolio by 20%. 
  • Facilities and specialized technical equipment improvements, such as a multi-wire machine and an optical scanner device to ease the factory’s daily operation process.
  • The introduction of an online photo system which allows the company to increase quality control, offering the customer high-definition images of the purchase. 

 

With these ventures in place, Levantina’s goal is to be a world leader not only in marble, but also in granite — particularly for the U.S. market.