LONDON – An association representing Spain’s major granite stone producers has presented an in-depth seminar on the virtues and properties of the versatile material to the United Kingdom’s real estate and construction sector, its managing director said.
The Granite Cluster Association of Spain demonstrated the versatility and formidable properties of granite at a technical workshop in the British capital, highlighting its use in architecture and as well as in interior designing, Jose Angel Lorenzo, Managing Director of the Association, told EFE.
According to Lorenzo, granite is less used in the United Kingdom than in Spain and, hence, the Association seeks to start a strategy of strengthening its position in the UK market with a view to making British builders aware of its quality and availability.
In addition to its versatility, granite is characterized, as Lorenzo explained, by its range of colors or great chromatic variety as this quality is known in the trade, as well as by its low impact on the environment and the uniformity of its texture.
The objective of the workshop was to strengthen the presence of Spanish and particularly Galician companies from the Granite Cluster already operating in the British market.
To them, London is seen as an architectural and design reference, thus explaining the importance of paving the way for it in this market, Lorenzo said.
Granite, a cornerstone of Spanish architecture, can be found in many of its heritage monuments including the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, a centuries-old pilgrimage place in northwest Spain.
According to the Association, granite is traditionally extracted from quarries by diamond wire sawing, ranging shearers and circular saws and this involves the creation of successive descending banks called tiers.
Quality control of the granite starts at the quarry itself and only 25 percent of the quarried granite is marketed in the form of blocks.
Eva Portas, technical consultant head at the Granite Technology Center, told EFE that the locality of O Porriño in the province of Pontevedra has “the largest quarry in the world from which (granite) is extracted, primarily the Rosa Porriño variety, highly prized for its rose color, for being very homogeneous and providing a very special aesthetic.”
Portas, when asked about the objectives of the creation of the “Certified Galician Granite,” said that it is important “to achieve greater competitiveness and visibility in the international market.”
The newly-created brand of product quality has applied for certification in 28 countries in the European Union, as well as in the United States, Mexico, Turkey and Morocco.