Marble is a metamorphic rock resulting from the metamorphism of limestone, composed mostly of calcite (a crystalline form of calcium carbonate, CaCO3). It is extensively used for sculpture, as a building material in interior and exterior design and in many other applications. The word “marble” is colloquially used to refer to many other stones that are capable of taking a high polish.
List of same type of marbles and stones
× Arabescato Cervaiole
× Arabescato Fanello
× Bardiglio Imperiale
× Bardiglio Nuvolato
× Breccia Oniciata
× Calacatta Classico
× Calacatta “C”
× Emperador Dark
× Emperador Light
× Port Laurent
× Quartz Baroque
× Quartz Classic
× Quartz Contempo
× Red Verona
× Statuario Classico
× Statuario Extrà
× Travertino Classico
× Travertino Navona
× Venatino Pencilvein
× White Brouille
× White Carrara C
× White Carrara C/D
× White Carrara Commerciale
× White Gioia Moschettato
× White Gioia Venato
× White Venatino
Compound Stone Plants
The process of bringing marble slabs and tiles to your home is to locate a mountain which has rock in it that meets certain criteria for color and density, bring in cutting drilling and carting equipment.
Remove large blocks form the mountain and send to a fabricator to have sliced into thin slabs, finish the surface (Polish, Hone, Chisel or another method) then cut into the finished size, box and ship.
In the market of compound stone manufacturing plants, technological know-how is one of the most important feature: the technologies applied are the result of years of research and development.
Every year, in various production sites throughout the world millions of square meters of compound stone are produced: but used materials is not always the same. Only the choice of the best materials and stones, assures high-quality, technologically advanced and decorative products for the building and furnishing industry.
The range of machines used must covers all the various production requirements from block sawing to producing various types of finished products. High-speed machining centres should satisfy the needs of die manufacturers in all fields, as well as the car, aeronautic and aerospace industries.
After the optimisation in the acquisition phase of the stone products and the development of an efficient stone processing, the factory has to face even a more difficult task: to create a suitable chain of distribution and sales in Italy or world-wide, according to their customers needs. Collaborators, engaged every day in the sale of stone products, from the United Stated to Asia, from Australia to Africa, in South America as well as in the near Europe, through an efficient and detailed marketing action, have to succeeded to advertise their professional skills all around the world.
Considering that the current consumption of compound stone worldwide can be described as outstanding, it still only accounts for a small percentage, around 0.5%,of cladding materials utilised around the world, however it is more than evident the enormous growth potential compound stone will have in the near future.
This fact is also confirmed by 2007 ISTAT data analysed by the Studies and Research Office of Verona Chamber of Commerce. Italian marble takes a close look at Russia and the United Arab Emirates, fast-growing markets for Italian exports.
Overall, in 2007, Italy exported processed material and semi-finished stone goods worth 1 billion 616 million 236 thousand euro, while imports settled at 135 million 667 thousand. In 2007, imports of unfinished material (blocks) came to 442 million 127 thousand euro; exports of 246 million 339 thousand euro against.
While traditional reference markets, such as the United States and Germany that take about 42% of Italian exports of processed materials and semi-finished goods saw a drop in values in 2007 compared to 2006 – overall 676 million euro in 2007 compared to 765 millions in 2006 (-12.3%) – last year nevertheless saw Italian exports grow towards Russia and the United Arab Emirates. Exports to Russia were worth 47 million 379 thousand euro against 34 million 700 thousand euro in 2006 (+36.5%); exports to the United Arab Emirates came to 60 million 641 thousand euro against 52 million 677 thousand euro (+15.1%) in 2006.
Curiosity: marble at Burj Al Arab
Over 30 different types of marble were used throughout the Hotel, covering a total of nearly 24,000 square metres, with 10,000 square metres of marble flooring in suites and lift lobbies, and 13,000 square metres in the public areas.
The marble used in the walls and flooring is Statuario marble, the same stone used by Michelangelo to create his sculpture masterpieces.
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