The words innovation and research have been the foundations of the evolution and the most important steps taken by Bruno Zanet, such as the continuous search for new materials which has led to the discovery of lands which were unknown but rich in resources.
The research is not limited to just geological prospecting but also to the search for new products and new technologies for developing the range and to remain in line with the requirements of the market.
Granite can be found the world over, however, specific regions will sometimes offer their own unique granite with colors and captivating patterns that are native to those areas. The difference is due to the mineral make-up of the region. Granite is made up of quartz, feldspar, and micas. The color and quantity of these components determine the color, pattern and even strength of each specific type of granite. The mineral feldspar is the primary influence of the color and pattern of a slab. The characteristics of Brazilian geology result in uniquely colored stones, typically with dark green or yellowish tones.
The stone mining industry in Brazil can be traced back to the first half of the 18th century, however, it was in the 1970s, when Italian immigrants discovered deposits of white marble near the town of Cachoeiro de Itapemirim (which would become the center of the stone mining industry), that solidified Brazils place in the global granite marker. The Italians brought the knowledge of mining techniques, the equipment, as well as the experience and craftsmanship. Soon after, entrepreneurs began the search for new stone deposits. Explorers traveled from Espirito Santo to northeast Brazil and inland, in states like Gerais and Minas. This eventually ended with the discovery of what we know as granite. Today, there are hundreds of colors of granite mined in Brazil from quarries across the country.
Recognized for its wide diversity, Brazil produces an array of natural stones, including granites, quartzite, and marble. Brazilian granite accounts for approximately 70% of all the granite countertops in the world. The country exports between 60 and 70 percent (estimated at 18,000 tons) the worlds granite.
Given that Brazils landscape and climate are highly varied, including everything from mountains, and rainforests to semi-arid deserts and savannas, the conditions for mining granite in Brazil are also varied. Which begs the question: Why is Brazil such a predominant force in the granite export industry compared to other countries that offer much more hospitable environments for such an industry?
According to experts, the answer lies with the people of Brazil, who value granite as part of their economy. Small countryside and coastal quarries that might only yield a few blocks of granite as well as mountain quarries that can easily yield up to 20 blocks every month, are all mined responsibly and sustainably. Production is carefully controlled and strict conservation laws are enforced, ensuring the environmental impact is minimal.
Local support and environmental responsibility, not to mention the gorgeous color options, make granite from Brazil an attractive option. Among the most popular and unique Brazilian granites used for countertops include:
Santa Cecelia is known for its yellow, black, gold, and/or burgundy specks that pair well with either dark colored cabinets or lightcolored cabinets. This a a versatile granite that is one of the most popular granite choices for countertops.
Ubatubas popularity has grown along with the design trend to develop color contrast.Its reflective black surface with gray, gold, and green flecks contrasts beautifully with stainless steel appliances and light wood cabinets.
Quarried at just one location, Super White Quartzite is another example of the amazing natural stone found in Brazil. This is a light colored stone with light, medium, or dark-colored veins. It also has shades that vary from pure white to light tones of gray or beige.
Throughout 3 generations, DAPAZ Natural Stones quarries and processes thousands square meters of natural stones every month. They are renowned for their Imperial Coffee Granite, a beautiful kind of natural stone that is chosen for kitchen and bathroom design the world over. A quarry of that size requires lots of compressed air, which is supplied by 8 different Atlas Copco portable compressors in its main quarry plus several others in smaller mines.
Granite countertops are commonly found in modern day homes. This beautiful natural stone is one of the most durable materials you can choose for your home and is also among the easiest to care for. If you are looking to incorporate natural beauty into your home, granite is a great choice for countertops, backsplashes and many other surfaces. This guide will provide you with knowledge on how granite is mined and how it is ultimately transformed into kitchen countertops and various other home surfaces.
The journey of granite begins at granite quarries located around the world. Many types of granite come from countries such as Brazil and India, but the stone can be found in many places in the United States as well.
Granite is an igneous rock that is made up of primarily quartz and feldspar. It is formed by the cooling and solidification of magma (molten rock that is underground). This rock contains the natural stone that makes up countertops andothersurfaces.
Powerful machinery and explosives are used to mine granite out of the earth. This raw granite is extracted in blocks that are later shaped into granite slabs. Granite is one of the most popular types of dimension stone stone that is quarried for the purpose of creating blocks or slabs. After quarrying, the blocks of granite are transported by truck to facilities that cut the stone into slabs of granite.
Once granite is cut into slabs, the stone is polished to smooth out its naturally rough exterior. It is then transported to locations worldwide, and ultimately, will be formed into countertops and other surfaces.
The granite slabs are transported to a fabrication facility. It is here that fabricators will cut and shape the stone according to the specific needs of your countertop. Rough edges are smoothed as part of the process.
Without granite mining, we would not enjoy these beautiful natural stone surfaces seen in many homes. There are other mining processes that produce stones such as marble and quartzite that are later transformed into countertops, backsplashes and more.
This incredible natural stone endures quite the journey across the world. From beginning as stone cut from rock beneath the earths surface to becoming a shiny new countertop in your home, there are many processes involved in creating granite countertops. The first of these processes is granite mining. This guide gives you knowledge about the mining process as well as what happens after granite leaves the quarry.
In total, the company owns 40 quarries in Spain, Portugal and Brazil that produce marble, granite and other types of stone. From these quarries, Levantina annually extracts more than 2.2 million tons of raw materials, thereby being the company with the greatest number of its own marble quarries throughout the world. Among them is the largest Crema Marfil quarry, which yields approximately 1.4 million tons of this variety of marble annually. When selling 2 cm slabs, 82% of them go to the U.S. from Levantinas Spain and Brazil factories. After that Spain and Portugal receive 8%, while Latin America gets 7%. Finally Europe receives 3% and other countries receive 1%. Slabs make up 98.5% of Levantinas sales, with blocks at 1.2% and tile at 0.3%.
One of Levantinas primary granite quarries is in Brazil. The granite produced from the quarry is called Lennon, and it is in high demand all around the world. The quarry sits in the state of Goias in Brazil, and has years of production behind it. Because of the years of experience with the quarry, featuring an exploration area of 178.945 meters squared, it allows Levantina to offer its customers hundreds of cubic meters of material. The site produces around 4,000 meters cubed per year.
According to Levantina, the material extracted from the quarry site is high quality, and the companys customers expect and demand high-quality standards. The granite itself is white and gray with characteristic bluish quartzes. Levantina explains that while the material works in any room of the house, it is especially successful among customers doing kitchen designs.
To process Lennon as well as its other Brazilian granites, Levantina has a plant in Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil. According to the company, with the Lennon quarry it is strengthening its position as a leading global player in the natural stone industry and granite from Brazil.
Today, most of our most exotic and sought after natural stones hail from Brazil. Brazilian natural stones, most notably marble and quartzite, are famous for their unique composition, color, and natural beauty. Read more to discover the history of how Brazil came to be a major player in the stone industry.
The beginning of the stone mining industry in Brazil is believed to coincide with the beginning of the gold rush in the early 18th century. Gold was discovered in Brazil after years of economic disarray following the war against Spain and the Netherlands.
Quickly after the gold was discovered, a gold rush ensued, with people from other parts of the colony and Portugal flooding the region during the first half of the 18th century. The gold was extracted inland, known as the General Mines.
In the 1970s, Italians immigrated to Brazil and discovered white marble deposits near the city of Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, Brazil. As the Italian immigrants had been mining natural stone for centuries, they were able to bring the knowledge, technique, machinery, and craftsmanship that is involved in mining natural stone. After this discovery, Brazil quickly became a major player in the stone industry.
By the 1990s, Brazil had accumulated a large, experienced workforce in the natural stone industry. Quarries and miners gravitated towards nearby granite quarries, where they were easily able to transfer their skills of mining marble to mining granite. This expansion in resources lead to Brazils granite boom.
It was also during this time that Europe started to advance technology to cut and process stone, which drastically sped up up the mining process of natural stone.This new technology, coupled with the abundant resources in Brazil yet to be mined, made Brazil the largest stone exporter in the world.
With this new technology at hand, the search for additional types of natural stone to mine continued. Quarries were set up in Espirito Santo, in the North towards Bahia, and in the Northeast of Brazil. Some explorers even went inland, to states like Minas Gerais or the interior side of Bahia and Pernambuco, which led to the discovery of quartzite.
Because quartzite evolves from sand grains, it is no surprise that much of quartzite, such as Taj Mahal, is lighter in color. On the other hand, in Brazil, minerals are carried through the sand grains by groundwater, creating some of the most unique and colorful quartzite in the world. Fusion Wow, Emerald Green, and Explosion Blue are all great examples of this geologic phenomenon. Today, the most unique and colorful quartzite is being mined in Brazil.
Although Brazil had suffered an economic crisis in the 1990s, the stone industry was able to quickly rebound with vigor. Even today, natural stone is a leading export and driving force for the Brazilian economy.
Now, there are more than 300 export processing plants in Brazil for natural stone, as well ashundreds of quarries and blocks being exported to Italy, China, India, and Taiwan where the stone can be processed. The production now covers a large variety of stones, including granite, marble, flagstone, quartzite, slate, soapstone, serpentine, travertine, and limestone, to name a few.
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