The Granite Business


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This is an overall explanation of the granite business. We can divide it in four major categories:

1 – Quarrying the blocks;

2 – Fabricating;

3 – Selling the fabricated stones;

4 – Installation of the stones at the final consumer.

Each of the above is a business on each itself.

1 – Quarrying the blocks.

This means owning the mineral rights, issued by the Federal Government of Brazil, which guarantee the right to explore the mineral reserves. To obtain these rights, one should go to all the projects that are involved, and only after analyzed and approved by The Minister of Mining and Energy Department, the final rights are issued and published at the Brazilian Government Journal.
To discover and select the right areas is the solely responsibility of the claimer. In this case, the areas, which are been offered to you, represent over 15 years of field experience and these stones are directed to the worldwide market.
To start a quarry, one should expect to spend US$300,000.00 in equipment and initial operational capital costs, for an expected production of up to 200 cubic meters per month. To double this production, another US$200,000.00 would have to be put down. Production will depend on marked demand, with quarries actually producing from 50 up to 2000 cubic meters per month. These figures will depend upon the reserves of the stone and the difficulties involving quarrying the blocks at the field.
Typical production costs at the quarry range from US$120.00 to US$200.00 per cubic meter and the selling price between US$400.00 to US$700.00 per cubic meter.
The stones in form of blocks are than sold to either the fabricating plants or to the stone distributors. The former will cut the stones into slabs, normally 2 and 3 inch thick, and will export the slabs packed in containers around the globe. The distributors will sell the blocks to others processing plants around the world.

2 – Fabricating

The main operation of the processing plants is to cut the stone blocks into slabs, as stated above, and sell it to the national market and to many countries around the world.
The big fabricating companies operate their own quarries, this way providing their own material to themselves, but also buying blocks from others suppliers.
A good size factory, let´s say that would produce around 60.000 ( sixty thousand ) square meters worth of slabs monthly, would cost around 6 million dollars to assemble, the real state and all brand new equipment included. The rough selling price of this production would be around US$3 million monthly. Expected profit around 25%.

3 – Selling the fabricated stone.

Depending on the size of the factory, the slabs are sold to others factories, which are also distributors, to big real state developers and to warehouses, which will sell to many installers.

4 – Installation of the stones.

This area is well split between thousands of installers, small and big ones. The big ones normally will by the stones cut to size directly from the factory and the small ones will normally buy the slabs from the distributors and process them at their own business.
From the above resume, we can see that without the quarry, all the remaining businesses won’t exist. So it´s very important for the big factories to own quarries or to be associated with good quality stone block suppliers to feed their industry. Brazil is worldwide known to own some of the best dimensional stones reserves in the world . Just as an example, the only country that produces the yellow granite is Brazil, due to it´s geological age and the minerals components of Brazil´s soil.Granite business has been growing worldwide at a rate of 6% yearly and all forecasts show a steady rate of growth for years to come. In Brazil it has been growing for the last 8 years at a rate of 25% yearly.The areas I´m offering you have been carefully selected over15 years of fieldwork, with stones absolutely unique and with very high intrinsic value, plus reserves of billions of dollars at low quarrying costs.