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Granite Cluster

The Granite Cluster is a non-profit association whose purpose is to represent the granite industry and its members, defend their interests and engage in related activities throughout the granite value chain       

Aims of the Granite Cluster

  • To improve the perception and prestige of granite

  • To build up cohesion and collaboration in the industry

  • To help its members to internationalise and access new markets

  • To provide the industry with strategic abilities and tools for growth

  • To promote innovation

  • To back environmental protection

  • To foster protection of health and prevention of occupational risks

  • To foster social responsibility    

Granite value chain

The Granite Cluster represents the granite value chain that begins in the quarry, continues in granite processing and transformation plants and ends when builders install the finished product.

Machinery firms form part of this whole process, in which the Granite Technology Centre plays an essential role as a technology partner to the Cluster to work on research and innovation throughout the process.

image/svg+xml Granite Technology Centre Technical Machinery Extractors Manufacturers Installers

The Granite industry in figures

250.000

Tonnes of granite are extracted every year in O Porriño 

5.000

Direct and indirect employees in the sphere of the Granite Cluster

201

Million € turnover in 2016 for companies in the Granite Cluster

2nd

Largest granite industry in Europe

101

Million € of processed granite exported from Galicia

75%

of Spanish processed granite exports come from Galicia

19

Million € of rough granite exported from Galicia

83%

of Spanish rough granite exports come from Galicia

History of the Galician granite industry

From an industrial point of view it was in the 20th century that granite became one of the most dynamic, rising industries in Galicia. Until the 70s the business basically consisted of quarrying, but from then on processing began to gain in importance. Extraction operations (quarries) were joined by the first processing plants.

The first business associations were set up.
 
In the mid-80s the processing business was consolidated in O Porriño (Pontevedrea) and the 90s saw the development of most of the stone machinery industry.

El Cluster del Granito se encuentra entre los 10 clusters gallegos que participan en el proyecto Atclusters Galica apoyado por IGAPE (Agencia de Desarrollo Regional de Galicia), que gozan de reconocimiento de excelencia a nivel europeo (European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis ) o nacional (Programa de Agrupaciones Empresariales Innovadoras del Minetur)

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Galicia Calidade colabora con el Cluster del Granito en favorecer la imagen de calidad de la oferta del sector granitero de Galicia.

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