Founded by P. Palanichamy in 1995, P.R.P Exports of Therkkutheru Village in the Madurai District of Tamil Nadu, India, is able to offer a diverse range of stone materials and products, which are consumed by a worldwide client base.
Before founding the company, Palanichamy first studied the size and scope of the stone industry and “spent a lot of quality time” understanding the process of products, the methods and the market. He then made the decision to invest in the most efficient modes of stoneworking, with the goal of combining “sophisticated technology and technical expertise.” He also sought to “emphasize the importance of loyalty to clients in an open, honest work environment.”
P.R.P. Exports employs a total of 1,250 people - with 900 in the quarries and 350 in the factory.
Quarrying operationsP.R.P. has a total of 65 quarries, and they are located in various districts in the state of Tamil Nadu, including Madurai, Virudhunagar, Thrichy, Karur, Pudhukottai, Salem, Erode, Dindugal, Nammakkal and Tirunelveli.
The rock masses are further subdivided into gangsaw-sized blocks using line drilling equipment. According to P.R.P., a normal gangsaw size is 325 x 225 x 200 cm and the approximate volume is around 14 to 15 cubic meters.
In the past year, P.R.P. produced 44,500 cubic meters of granite blocks. A total of 17,800 cubic meters of that total were used to produce polished and finished goods that were exported to the U.S. Dimensional granite blocks and polished finished goods from the remaining 26,700 cubic meters were shipped to other markets.
Processing facilitiesP.R.P.’s factory sits on an area of over 200 acres, and features 75,000 square meters (800,000 square feet) of covered area. It is equipped with a range of state-of-the-art machinery, and the most recent investment has been a multi-unit cross-cutting system for projects. This system, which is from Pedrini of Italy, converts slabs into tiles and panels of specific sizes for architectural work. According to P.R.P., this investment has greatly expanded its cut-to-size capacity, as it can convert 440 slabs into panels and tiles per day.
For slab production, much of the machinery was also brought in from Italy. This includes 24 jumbo gangsaws, 16 stationary wire saws from Pellegrini; four 22-head slab-polishing machines from Breton; two 13-head grinding machines from Breton; two complete resin-application lines for slabs, which can process 120 slabs per hour; and a slab calibration machine from Breton.
In addition to polished slabs, the company’s flaming machine can process 50 slabs per day, and it also offers bushhammered and other textured finishes.