We were delighted to visit the 50th Marmomacc show in Verona, Italy last week, an international trade fair dedicated to showcasing the best of the natural stone industry. With over 1,513 exhibitors and an estimated 65,000 visitors from 145 countries, the exhibition is a leading global event and allows us to see examples from every aspect of the supply chain. It was also a great opportunity for us to touch base with our suppliers, such as Fantini, Marini and GMM, companies we have bought equipment from over the last 20 years.
We were kindly hosted by the Marchetti Group, from whom we have a new AXCO 6 axis CNC machine coming, expected in November. This piece of equipment will streamline our masonry division, allowing increased productivity and reduce the already tiny tolerances our banker masons work to, as well as lowering costs on larger projects for our clients.
We also enjoyed a demonstration of Donatoni’s latest range, including the automatic tiling line which is currently being installed at our works site. The line includes a motorised trimming machine, cross cut and 4 head polisher, which will not only increase production of our English limestone flooring from 100m2 per week to almost 500m2, but also increase the range of finishes we can offer.
Sourcing International Stone
As well as seeing the development of the processing machinery in the industry, we took the time to visit the stones of the world hall to find suppliers for our imported flooring. There were some impressive displays and we were particularly taken with a couple of stones from Turkey and Egypt that would complement the range we already have great success with in the UK.