The factory from the NE. Main access road to the right. Turkish made gantry crane to the left over the block yard. This is the first building on what is to become the Magura Industrial Park. It sits at the centre of a 10ha site owned by Fox Marble.
Blocks from Cervenille being delivered to the factory. June 2017.
A newly vacuum-resined block of Etrusco Dorato about to be moved for cutting on a gang saw. April 2018.
Fox Marble’s two Barsanti gangsaws. September 2017
Block Emerging Through Gang Saw Blades
Breccia Paradisea block viewed from above during cutting. Blocks are lifted at a rate of up to 20cm per hour through the gangsaw blades. To ensure an even and consistent cut the factory manager places wedges between the partially cut slabs and between the trolley sides and the edge of the block as it is lifted. Clarified water is sprinkled on the block to lubricate the blades whilst cutting. February 2018.
Blocks Being Cut
Two small Alexandrian blocks in one of the gang saws right at the beginning of the cut. The blades move in the horizontal plane and the stone is lifted through them very slowly. September 2017.
The Gang Saws Looking South
The two Barsanti gang saws being prepared for first operation. Turkish Wimac semi-gantry crane above. November 2016.
Cutting in Progress
The gang saw on the right is cutting. That on the left is being prepared to cut. Slabs in the foreground are a mix of stones though predominently Alexandrian from the Fox Prilep Alpha quarry in Macedonia. February 2018.
Cut Slabs Being Moved
Recently cut slabs being moved to storage inside the factory prior to resining and polishing. Late summer 2017
Slabs of mostly Alexandrian White awaiting polishing. February 2018.
A general view of the SW corner of the factory showing the gang saws to the left and the Promotec resin line in the centre. Resin curing ovens are to the right. April 2018
The Promotec resin line curing ovens with Grigio Argento slabs awaiting resining. View towards north end of factory. April 2018
The Promotec line in operation. June 18
Hand resining slabs. June 18
Preparing for polishing
Resined slabs of Etrusco Dorato being moved to the polishing line in preparation for polishing. June 18
Gaspari Menotti polishing machine in operation June 18.
Ilirico Bianco slab on the Gaspari Menotti polishing machine. February 2018.
The Polishing Line
Looking north down the polishing line from the end of the line to the Gaspari Menotti polishing machine. Polished Alexandrian slabs on A frames awaiting removal to storage elesewhere in the factory. April 2018.
CNC Bridge Cutter
The first GMM CNC bridge cutter in operation. This machine, the most sophisticated of its type in SE Europe, represents a production and technical step change for the company. April 2018.
Operating the CNC Machine
The CNC machine being readied to cut tiles. June 18
Like a Hot Knife Through Butter
The GMM CNC Bridge Cutter making very short work of slicing through four 2cm slabs of Alexandrian White while making 20x20x2 tiles. April 2018.
Alexandrian 20x20x2 cm tiles freshly cut for an Italian customer still on the GMM CNC bridge cutter. April 2018.
The First London Tile Order
Part of the first shipment of 90x30x2 cm Illirico Bianco tiles awaiting shipment to London. April 2018.
Preparing for export
Rosso Cait tiles being transferred to lorry for export to Italy. June 18