Marble is the result of a slow process of sedimentation, and is extracted from natural quarries in certain areas of the world. The extraction process, though, is just the first part of a long and old production chain that brings this fine material inside our homes.
Inside a quarry: the extraction process
When it comes to using marble, the first step is always its extraction: workers, together with the quarry manager, cooperate to extract blocks of this precious material, using diamond saws in replacement for previous technology employing silicon carbide. Blocks are then raised and overturned on the so-called “impact beds” covered in dust and debris specifically to cushion the fall.
Here comes the next step: the selection of the block which will be then cut into slabs. Not every block is suitable to being cut and it’s essential, during this phase, to look out for any aesthetic or structural flaw of the material, as well as to discard the most fragile batches that are prone to breakage when cut into slabs. The blocks that are selected are then loaded on trucks and transported to factories where the following production phase takes place.
Transportation: the supply chain
Whether marble is transported in blocks or in slabs, it’s crucial that precautions are taken: as resistant as marble is as a material, it’s also susceptible to impact, especially if the slabs are very thin.
International transportation typically takes place by sea: through an overhead crane the blocks are handled on ships specially equipped to transport it safely. Once the blocks have been collected at the port, the containers carrying marble are transported to logistics warehouses, where they are unloaded and reloaded, if necessary, then put back inside the ships.
After the blocks or slabs reach their final destination, they are packed in wooden bundles which cushions shock and reduces the risk of surface damage.
Our transport service
Cristed Stone takes the utmost care when loading and transporting marble. We ensure that every slab is delivered safely and the material isn’t damaged, by carrying out a meticulous check of the best types of fastening. Additionally, each load is accompanied by a photographic report that documents the accuracy of the safety of the goods.
We also organise the transportation of materials: we mainly use trucks on the road and on track, also arranging partial loads to accommodate all the different needs of our clients.
A hosting service is provided, if needed: we offer welcome and stay, to make sure our clients choose the best materials in total comfort.