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Monday, 27 April 2015

Antolini do Brasil takes particular care in the stone production process to ensure a high-quality end product

By Jennifer Adams (
Antolini Luigi & C. is more than just a stone producer. The Verona, Italy-based stone manufacturer has become a brand name synonymous with luxury. This company is the setter for the stone industry. Well-known for its exotics, luxuries and precious material, Antolini Luigi & C. is a company that continually thinks outside the box, and always produces unique and high-quality stone products for markets worldwide. 
Always looking to expand upon its brand, the Italian stone manufacturer opened Antolini do Brasil outside of Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil, in 2008.

The alchemy between the Antolini brand and the true essence of the materials with which they work gives rise to unique products. The very roots of the company began and evolved with natural stone and the connection between this precious element to the Earth and its primordial history is the basis of the company’s philosophy, as well a means of creativity.
The company’s success is founded on certain vital key factors:
Intuition, the ability to see the quality and uniqueness of a natural stone before others;
Respect for the past, for the history contained within the materials, for the experience of previous generations who laid the foundations for the development of a major business organization;
Passion for the Natural Stone;
Openness to evolution and change that continuously drives the Antolini organization to seek out and blaze new trails in the processing of natural stone in order to obtain faultless products from the aesthetic and modeling point of view. 

Since its opening, the company continues to invest in its South American facility, which exports around 80% of its material to North America.

With approximately 100 workers, Antolini do Brasil runs two shifts — meaning production is non-stop. At the time of Stone World’s visit, thousands of blocks at the facility were ready for processing.
Apart from the six jumbo gangsaws and two mono-wire machines, Antolini do Brasil has one Italian multi-wire machine and has just purchased a new Ramos Universo one.

Antolini thinks that it is important to have two multi-wire machines to improve and increase their production of the exotic and high-end-exotic materials, for which they are very strong and famous.

Extreme care is taken during the production process to ensure that all the slabs are properly treated. Raw slabs of exotic stone are all automatically resined on a Levibreton resin line from Breton S.p.A. of Italy, then sent through a
Breton vacuum line in order to suck in the high quantity of resin in the stone slabs. Then the slabs are polished on a Levibreton KG 3000 Ultrix polishing unit.
To ensure top-notch quality, a slab selector is stationed at the end of the production process to check each slab to make sure that the quality is right. The selector classifies each slab. Slabs are then bundled and ready for shipment.
Once a bundle is ready, a picture is taken of it and then the bundle is moved to the warehouse where according to Antolini, most of the bundles are pre-sold.

In keeping with the sophisticated brand
Antolini has conjured, the warehouse has two main “avenues” — appropriately named Rodeo Drive and 5th Ave. — running through it.
Antolini has a tagging system where every bundle gets a label with the material’s name, block number, weight and a customer’s code. Each bundle is given its own “address,” making it easy to find it once it is placed in one of their warehouses. Everything is extremely organized, which is particularly impressive based on the large volume of containers that are loaded and shipped daily from Antolini do Brasil. Quality and customer service are top priorities of the company and the Antolini family really prides itself on excelling in this area.  
Thanks to Stone World and to Jennifer Adams.
Sergio Prior

Monday, 13 April 2015

The company Oscar Daffe chooses Breton “FUEGO” for its workpieces

Craftsmanship, efficiency and art describe perfectly the essence of Oscar Daffe
A Belgian enterprise with more than 85 years of experience during which has refined innovative stone processing techniques. To admire kitchen tops and wall coating or stairs executed by Oscar Daffe, real architectural masterpieces, means to admire real works of Art. 

Created in 1929 in Wauthier-Braine, the Oscar Daffe Company has been run by the Brams family since 1982, who has managed to secure the business international consolidation through its passion and professionalism.
Importing extra blocks of marble and granite from all over the world, working masterly the Belgian “pierre bleue”, the “marbrerie” Oscar Daffe has produced and often exported some of the most appreciated and valuable furniture accessories and fine interior architectural elements.

As a matter of fact, at Oscar Daffe the whole range of products is tailored according to the customer’s requests who selects the type of the stone and the size of the object.
This modern and accurate approach has attracted well-known designers and architects, professionals who have been able to express their creativity utilizing the high technological component of Oscar Daffe’s vast gamut of machines and the know-how of its technical staff in order to realize their exclusive projects.

The Belgian Company has pointed straight at the new Breton Fuego Multi-axis, a shaping machine with 10 interpolated axes, a genuine and proper desired object for many marble masons which has already been chosen by other first-rate companies, such as Savema (in Carrara) and Kienesberger (in Austria).
A purchase which was suggested by Oscar Daffe’s necessity to execute more and more complexes architectural shapes and which has identified in the Fuego the most appropriate answer to such requirements. 
The Fuego Multi-axis is characterized by the large sizes of pieces is able to produce and by the modern adopted technical solutions, some of them have been even patented. 

An «easy and performing» machine; these are the characteristics of the Fuego and this is the reason why it is longed for at Wauthier-Braine. 
Breton has inserted in this multi-axis machine all its technology developed during 30 years of experience on numerically controlled machines: transferring a trolley on each column and positioning two pulleys with diameter of 1.000 mm even solved the ancestral problem of the wire inclination which forced the structure to be placed under the ground level.

No more bothering “tanks” on the column sides. Thanks to this system designed by Breton, Fuego works blocks with max height of 1.800mm with the wire inclined of +/- 20*, while in the event of a parallel wire the distance between the block-holding trolley base and the diamond wire is 2.200mm.

Have you ever imagined that design could originate from “Fuego”?  
For info and price of Fuego Multiaxis write to
We’ll get back to you promptly.
Well, that’s all for today, thanks for your attention.
Sergio Prior