Through technology and dedication, the owners of Tru-Stone - a family run company - have achieved operating three factories in Turkey, while being based in Toronto, Canada. Discovering the most efficient methods in its operations has been key in giving the company an edge in its success.
Throughout the years of developing and expanding its machinery, production and market share with its first Turkish factory, Tru-Stone decided to take a dive into other operations in Turkey, where it now owns a total of three in Afyon and Bursa. “Since we are a Canadian company, one of the biggest obstacles we have had to overcome is to manage the operations of three factories from the other side of the world in Toronto, Canada,” said Bayramoglu. “With the help of cameras all over each factory, a reliable management team in each factory, the use of communication programs like skype and other online programs, daily reports on all machinery performances and frequent visits to the factories, we have proven, although difficult, that this was indeed possible.”
Production capacitiesDepending on the item, Tru-Stone can currently produce approximately 2 to 2.5 containers of finished products a day. “I can confidently say, we are among the most efficient manufacturers in the industry,” said Bayramoglu. “With countless hours of planning, trying and sometimes even failing, we have found the most efficient techniques to produce high-quality stones.”
In the near future, Tru-Stone plans to add another 120-blade gangsaw as well as an additional polishing machine.
Efficiency practices and the customerFrom 1- x 1-inch mosaics to 18- x 36- and 24- x 24-inch tiles, Tru-Stone is able to sell any size in between, which allows for little to no waste. “Our wastage is almost next to nothing in comparison to other manufacturers who sell mostly 24- x 24- or 18- x 18-inch sizes and have at least 30 to 40% breakage, which cannot be utilized so their costs end up going way up,” said Bayramoglu. “Since we are able to market and sell various sizes of each product in a good balance ratio, this brings down our cost tremendously, and the savings is passed down to our clients.”
Future plansWith customers already having the opportunity to choose from more that 250 products, Tru-Stone is in the midst of purchasing a new light beige marble quarry and a white/grey marble quarry, where it plans to produce various finished products and sell raw blocks.
“Having healthy steady growth has always been our top priority,” he continued. “Strictly using our own financial capital to run our business and make our investments gives us a solid foundation to grow upon. Paying all of our major expenses, including transport, cost of some raw materials, packaging, etc. all up front enables us to lower our costs and always have companies lined up to work with us and give us their best to continue working with us.”