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Ferndale, MI Granite Countertops, Natural Stone & Marble Company

Granite Countertop Installation and Repair in Ferndale

Do you live in Ferndale, MI and want a new granite countertop? Abella Stone can upgrade your existing counters with a variety of natural stones including granite, marble, limestone, onyx, travertine, quartz, semi-precious, precious, shell stone and coral stone. With such a selection, we can offer you a multitude of colors, patterns, and textures. Call us today or come visit our full size slab showroom.

Michigan Granite & Natural Stone Contractor in Ferndale

An outdoor kitchen and bbq can utilize natural granite for its countertops. Although you may have a color palette in mind, know that on bright sunny days, dark colors will be drastically hotter than light colors – sometimes even too hot to touch! Also know that in Ferndale, MI you should only install a SWR, severe weather rated, granite that can withstand the seasonal changes of our northern climate. Abella Stone can show you SWR granites from current our inventory at our full slab showroom.

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THE GRANITE INDUSTRY EVOLUTION IN THE PAST TWO DECADES (Shelby Township, MI)

1.TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES IN PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES The last two decades witnessed extraordinary advances in technology both in extraction and elaboration techniques. In the extraction process the use of diamond wires in the quarries has increased production efficiency and offered the possibility of increased sized blocks in processing. The gangsaws of the early nineties would, typically, produce about 1500 square metres per month of slabs, ten years later the latest models of today can now go up to 7000 square metres or more. 50 or even 100 multi-disk cutters allow a much faster production of granite tiles the thickness of which can be less than 10 mm.

2.THE CHANGE FROM A HIGH MARGIN LOW VOLUME TO A LOW MARGIN HIGH VOLUME BUSINESS Technological advances and market competition has changed a basic feature of the industry- the margins it works with. While granite has an image of a luxury product, in the production side, the processing industry has changed from being a low volume high margin one to a low margin high volume business. In the beginning of the nineties a big factory was usually considered to be one, which produced 10000 square metres per month, and there were few such factories. Today a big factory is considered to be one which produces 50.000 square metres per month and there are several in the world. This change has often meant that in some countries where companies did not reinvest in becoming bigger, these companies slowly found themselves to be in a situation of low margin-low volume, thus eroding competitiveness and threatening survival.

 3.THE RELATIVE DECLINE OF ITALIAN DOMINANCE 10 years ago Italy was the undisputed leader in the granite industry and other countries were more like satellites. The biggest and complicated projects were mostly done by Italian companies, and even for relatively simpler products like slabs and tiles, Italian production was easily the biggest in the world. In fact, 75% of granite blocks produced in Spain were exported to Italy for processing 10 yeas ago. But the Italians did not invest as much in the new modern machinery. According to thestone.info

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