As you know, Marble slabs from the quarry and until they are loaded onto containers ready for shipment, go through different transformation phases. This is the same for us in Niayesh Stone production group. Depending on the needs, each block of marble is cut in slabs or as per the required measures in order to build staircases or to be used in flooring, wall tiling, etc. Once the blocks have been extracted from the quarry, these are transported by tucks and Lorries to Niayesh Factory for processing.
At Niayesh Factory, the blocks are unloaded and classified in the blocks yard prior to being sawed. Due to their large dimensions and heavy weight, the blocks need to be moved and handled with cranes and specific machines, both during loading/ unloading and during processing.
Blocks are generally stored outdoors in the block yard until the next phase that is the marble processing phase. Marble is cut using multi-wire or block cutters. Depending on their dimensions, blocks may be cut using different methods, i.e., large blocks will be processed in the multi-wire cutter, while smaller, irregular blocks will be cut using block cutters. The aim is to make the most of the block’s measurements by reducing any waste as much as possible.
Other features such as the type of marble, quality, required materials (slabs, tiles or staircases) shall also influence the choice of block to be cut. Multi-wire cutters will produce slabs. On the other hand, block cutters will produce strips that will be subsequently processed by the multi-wire saw or cutter in order to create tiles.
Standard Slabs thickness in Niayesh Stone Factory is 2 centimeters. Blocks are introduced in the machine by means of a platform that simplifies their movement. They comprise diamond wires that can cut the block in a vertical direction. In this manner, they are able to obtain as many slabs as the number of wires they are equipped with.
Once the block has been sawed, the slabs are processed individually in a production chain. Slabs are taken to the production line for further processing. As a first step, the material is strengthened by attaching a mesh for further resistance. Following, the marble is subject to an abrasion process in order to change its appearance and to produce different finishes. In Niayesh Factory, polishing is the most common finishing procedures while other types of surface finishing such as honing, brushing and bush mammering is also suggested if customers require them.
And this would be the very last stage in the marble preparation process in the case of slabs that are ready for sale. Otherwise, the slabs would be subject to further cutting and finishing procedures. Once the corresponding finish has been applied, the slabs will be ready for display or will go directly to packaging ready for shipment. If the marble slabs are being shipped abroad, a series of iron or wooden bundles will be prepared in order to introduce them into containers. While if your slabs are being shipped within Spain, these are transported using iron a frames to hold them in place. In the case of destination is in the Balearic Islands, the slabs will be transported in cages.
Tiles, on the other hand, are packed in wooden boxes for transportation. In Niayesh Stone, we use different shipment methods depending on the destination. Among the most common means of transportation are ships, lorries and train to ensure that our marble reaches its final destination.