The company has coughed up for a new state-of-the-art computer numerical control (CNC) machine and a block vacuum pump machine to provide additional capacity to meet increased order flow and improve margins.
The CNC machine is capable of automatically processing many varied shapes of material from slabs and small blocks, including 1,500 square metres of marble tiles per day, and has already churned out its first “cut-to-size” order.
The block vacuum pump machine, meanwhile, provides a more cost-effective way of adding to the inventory of marble blocks eligible for sale.
This machine allows resin to be absorbed by blocks that have micro-cracks or fractures in them, so, consequently, the machine will improve the yield achievable from the quarries and increase the pricing of blocks that would otherwise have been considered lower quality.
‘Cleansing Plinth’ is one of seven new pieces especially commissioned for The Handmade Retreat, a sanctuary created by leading designers for the ninth @wallpapermag Handmade exhibition in Singapore. It can be seen there until June, and the Milan Salone del Mobile in April. pic.twitter.com/aWfj9Vf0BF— Fox Marble (@FoxMarblePLC) March 29, 2018
"Our fully operational factory now has the additional capability to process material-to-order at speed. We are confident that the cost effectiveness, flexibility and improved sophistication in our processing, delivered by this machinery, will impact positively on margins in the current year,” said Chris Gilbert, the chief executive officer of Fox Marble.
“The installation of this new machinery also allows us to more effectively access the local market for tiles and 'cut-to-size' orders, as well as servicing our international customers," he added.