Fox Marble quarry operations are built around extensive marble reserves.  The four quarries in operation are Cervenillë, Syriganë and Malishevë in Kosovo and Prilep in Macedonia.  Together these produce nine varieties of stone (excluding the Bianco Glaciale) found in Collections. 

During 2015 and 2016 the focus was on opening new benches in all of the quarries in order to achieve more consistent and increasingly high quality output.  Fox Marble quarry operations are overseen by the company’s strategic quarry partner, Studio Pandolfi in Carrara, Italy.

Quarries can be environmentally intrusive.  Wherever it operates, Fox Marble is committed to working to preserve the environment and operating in the most sustainable and efficient way possible.    Fox Marble works closely with local environment ministries and agencies and ensures that all its staff are trained to implement its environmentally sensitive quarry plans.

 

KOSOVO

Rahovec

The Rahovec area in Central Kosovo contains four separate quarries sites over which Fox Marble holds rights: Antenna, Cervenilla, Drini and Verrezat, which together cover over 256 hectares.


Cervenillë Quarry

Opened in November 12, this was the first of the Fox Marble quarries. The quarry is being exploited across three separate locations (Cervenillë A, B & C) from which red (Rosso Cait), red tinged grey (Flora) light and darker grey (Grigio Argento) marble is being produced in significant quantities.  The polished slabs from this quarry have sold well.  Amongst the most noteworthy sales has been to St George PLC (Berkeley Homes) for the prestigious Thames riverside Chelsea Creek development.  This sale was made via our partner company, Pisani PLC.

 
 

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Malishevë

In July 2013 the Company acquired the rights to the Malishevë quarry in Kosovo from a local company. The Malishevë quarry contains reserves of Illirico Selene and Illirico Bianco.


Malishevë Quarry

In July 2013 the Company acquired the rights to the Malishevë quarry in Kosovo. The licence to the quarry is for 20 years with an irrevocable option to extend the period by a further 20 years thereafter. In October 2015, the Company acquired the rights to a further 300-hectare site close to the Company’s existing licence resource in Malishevë. By November 2015, the quarry on the new site, known as M3, had been opened and the first blocks extracted and sent for testing.  As the two Malishevë quarries are adjacent, operational efficiencies can be achieved.  These quarries contain a mixture of Illirico Bianco marble and a new silver-grey marble known as Illirico Selene. 

Based on early orders of Illirico Bianco from the new quarry, and on distributor interest, the Company has found that demand for Illirico marble is strong, and believes that this marble could become the largest volume seller of its mid-priced marble range.

 
 

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Syriganë

The quarry at Syriganë (formerly known as Suhogerll) is open across four benches. The site contains a variety of the multi-tonal breccia and Calacatta type marble and produces significant volumes of breccia marble in large compact blocks.  Output is marketed as Breccia Paradisea (predominantly grey and pink) and Etrusco Dorato (predominantly gold and grey).


Syriganë Quarry

The quarry at Syriganë (formerly Suhogerll) is open across two benches. The site has been producing significant volumes of Breccia Paridisea marble during 2014 and 2015.

 
 

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Other Quarries

Peja, Antenna, Drini & Verrezat Quarry

Banjat e Pejes is a 172-hectare site located in Western Kosovo. The quarry site holds 42.1 million m3 indicated reserves and a further 101.2 million m3 inferred reserves of Honey Yellow Onyx. The Quarry is in the planning stages and is not currently being exploited commercially.

The Antenna, Drini and Verrezat quarries are not being exploited at present. Verrezat contains 16.8 million m3 of indicated reserves of primarily grey dolomite. Antenna contains 97.2 million m3 of inferred resources of black basalt and grey granite.

 
 

MACEDONIA

Prilep

The Company entered into an agreement to operate a quarry in Prilep, Macedonia in 2013. The agreement is for a period of 20 years with an irrevocable option to extend the period for a further 20 years thereafter. The Prilep quarry contains the highly desirable Alexandria White marble.


Prilep Quarry

This type of marble from the Pelagon region of Macedonia has been used in a number of prestigious projects . Alexandria White marble represents the most expensive marble in the Fox Marble portfolio.

The Company’s first Alexandria White quarry is known as Prilep Alpha. It is open and producing, and operations are being ramped up to reach full levels of commercial production.

In August 2014 the Company acquired the rights to a second Alexandria White marble quarry – known in the Company as Prilep Omega. This new quarry site is directly adjacent to the Company’s existing operations in Prilep.

 
 

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Processing

The Fox Marble processing factory at Lipjan, Kosovo became fully operational in September 2017. Production will be carried out in this facility under the supervision of Italian experts.


Fox Marble Factory

In late summer 2017 Fox Marble completed the transfer of its processing from Carrara in Italy to its factory at Lipjan in Kosovo.  Carrara has, for more than 2 millennia, been the heart of global marble production and processing there has guaranteed the high quality and consistent output essential in the dimension stone business.  However, shipping stone block to Carrara for processing was always going to be slow and expensive.  Company strategy from the outset was to regionalise production as soon as its first Kosovo processing plant could be completed.  Drawing heavily on Italian expertise, skills transfer and mentoring, Fox Marble’s 5,400 sqm processing plant, 10km SW of the capital, Prishtina is now operational.

Standing on a hillside slightly above the surrounding farmland and finished in a stand out yellow with the company name emblazoned on the side in 7m high black letters, the Fox Marble factory is already something of a local landmark.  Just 4.6km from the end of the runway at Prishtina International Airport it advertises Fox Marble’s presence to thousands of international travellers a month.

The first stage in transforming marble from 15-25 tonne stone blocks straight from the quarries into stone slabs is to cut them on one of the 80 blade Italian gangsaws.  The gangsaws were commissioned some months before the other production lines and Fox Marble was able to build up a good stock of cut stone ready for finishing as the other parts of the production process came on stream. 

In mid 2017 the next process was commissioned.  This was the resin line in which any natural pin holes or micro fissures that occur in cut stone can be filled and stabilised.  It is a chemical and thermal process involving the very latest Italian resins and heat curing.  Any visitor to the factory will see one side of it dominated by the two towering curing ovens.    

The third and final process in finished slab production is polishing.  Fox Marble’s polishing line took a little longer to commission than anticipated but by the end of September 2017 it was up and running – able to produce both polished slabs and the slabs with the smooth matte finish known in the industry as honed.

The videos of the gangsaws and the polishing line both show large amounts of water being used as a lubricant.  This is provided by a closed reticulation system which only needs intermittent top up.  As it lubricates the water inevitably picks up small particles of stone.  However, both cutting and, especially, polishing need clarified water.  As a result the other large plant in the factory (or strictly speaking just outside it) is the water treatment plant where the lubrication water is constantly filtered before being pumped back to lubricate the machinery once again. 

The factory enables Fox Marble to realise its corporate vision of delivering its exclusive high quality processed marble and marble-grade limestone to the world market at the most competitive prices.  It will serve as the prototype for processing expansion planned with Stone Alliance.