Fox Marble factory, Magura, Lipjan, Kosova, June 2019
The Mono Blade Block Shaper
The block shaper, June 2019
Shaping a Block
Grigio Argento block in the block shaper, Sept 2019
A newly vacuum-resined block of Etrusco Dorato about to be moved for cutting on a gang saw. April 2018.
Cut Slabs Being Moved
Recently cut slabs being moved to storage inside the factory prior to resining and polishing. Late summer 2017
The gangsaws in Sept 2018
Cutting a Mixed Grigio and Rosso Block
A mixed Grigio Argento and Rosso Cait block nearing the end of cutting in one of the gangsaws. The wooden chocks and wedges are there to hold it rigid and to allow the blades to cut evenly. Sept 2019
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.
Factory interior, June 2019
Slabs of mostly Alexandrian White awaiting polishing. February 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
Resin line in operation, Sept 2019
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.
Setting Up CNC
Aligning the CNC, September 2019
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.
CNC in Operation
Cutting on an angle, Sept 2019
Manual Tile Cutting
Preparing tiles, Sept 2019
Alexandrian 20x20x2 cm tiles freshly cut for an Italian customer still on the GMM CNC bridge cutter. April 2018.
Alexandrian White Tiles for Export
Alexandrian tiles fresh from the bridge saws being prepared for export to the Middle East, Jan 2019
Alexandrian Blue, Sept 2019
The Block Yard
Block yard, Sept 2019
The Admin Block
Factory administration block, Sept 2019
The View on Leaving
Carpark and access road with new landscaping, June 2019