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Marmo Meccanica: Machines, Uncomplicated and Effortless

Marmo-1Knowing these, as we used to be the processor of stone, we designed our machines in the simplest possible way by using standard components found everywhere thereby making it easy to install, operate and maintain. As we know that the operators of these machines are not mechanical engineers and experts.

Marmo Meccanica, established in Jesi, Italy in 1973, is among notable manufacturers of machinery for the stone industry. Marmo Meccanica specializes in the manufacture of three types of machines: Bridge Sawing Machines, Belt Polishers, and Edge-Polishing Machines. The experiences of its charter members, having already worked in the precision mechanics for over 25 years, and in the marble industry for 10 years, have been brought together in the Company.

Until 2003 the Company had been simultaneously operating in the two fields: mechanics (planning and manufacturing of machinery for the stone industry) and marble industry (working and marketing).

Since January 2003, further to a process of supply-production rationalization, Marmo Meccanica S.p.A. has been exclusively dealing with the mechanical business, while marble processing has been continued in a distinct company.

Stone and Tile in India had a brief chat with Andrea Mancini, Sales Department, Marmo Meccanica. Here are excerpts:

Stone and Tile in India: Kindly brief us about Marmo Meccanica.

Andrea Mancini: Marmo Meccanica was established about 30 years ago from the experiences its two owners drew from operating machines in their very large stone factory. Knowing the problems in processing stones, they themselves move into making machines which can make processing a smooth process. Our owner is a mechanical engineer and he himself developed the technology of Edge Polishing Machine, especially few models which work with vertical loading.

He has also designed and patented the system for polishing round profiles by making the oscillation of motors run by levers and rods.

These vertical loading machines and the oscillating mechanism opened the way for many other manufacturers who copied our technology of processing material vertically. We offer a very large variety of Edge Polishing Machines which are customized according to the requirements of customers. Starting with the basic model, customers asks to add accessories and features as per their processing needs to make processing productive and cost effective. Apart from Edge Polishing Machine, we also make Edge Cutting Machine. This again may be customized as per customers’ want.

STI: How do you take India as a market for Marmo Meccanica?

AM: as you probably know, polishing the edge of stones is a simple operation which can be done manually. A machine, however, is required for the purpose of producing consistency, quality. Of course, this is also required for mass production. But, the market like India, where man power is very cheap, people find it difficult to spend thousands of euros for an operation they can also do manually.

We have entered the Indian market four years ago and have sold few machines-only to large factories which can afford the price of the machine because they produce large quantities. More medium sized producers may also like to have the machine, but they can’t afford the price. We are a bit constrained in selling these machines as after the levy of import duty, these become very expensive.

Marmo-2STI: USP of your machines?

AM: Our machines, as I said earlier, were designed knowing exactly the problems a stone manufacturer may have. We are talking about very harsh, difficult environmental conditions like humidity, dust, and water. Knowing these, as we used to be the processor of stone, we designed our machines in the strongest and simplest possible way by using standard components found everywhere thereby making it easy to install, operate and maintain. As we know that the operators of these machines are not mechanical engineers and experts.

I would say the main feature and benefit of our machines are the solidity of the construction, simplicity of use, built with standard components available locally cutting tremendously the cost of maintenance, and simplicity in installation.

STI: Your experience with the Indian stone industry and targets in next 2-3 years?

AM: As known, India is one of the largest suppliers of stone in the world; so we expected India to be a large consumer of machines. But, due to high import duties and cheap labor available here, our expectations are a little bit reduced now. Moreover, polishing stones by the edge polishing machine is something not everybody understands and appreciates yet, except for these export oriented factories that require very high quality for their foreign customers. So, we are still in a phase of teaching people and explaining to them the benefits.

Next 2-3 years, sure, there are going to be opportunities and we are optimistic. That is why we are still investing in this market. We participated in both Jaipur fair and Bangalore Stona exhibition in order to keep promoting our products.

However, I sincerely hope that Marmo Meccanica machines be made more affordable in times to come so that everybody can avail the technology. And this can be done only by rationalizing import duties to a level where there would be free flow of technology with minimum trade barriers. To make this happen, I believe the Govt. would incentivize Indian factories’ investments toward machines and promote technology exchange between two countries.

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