“All our business operations are conducted in a systematic manner.”
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Plant Production Manager

In the production space we integrate various levels of design, testing, R & D, warehousing and packing. The entire facility is spread across 30, 000 square feet area outside Hyderabad.

The processing generally involves expertise and transformation of natural stones to a new shape, size and form compared to its original state. For example, for landscaping, stones undergo a complete metamorphosis. They are passed through a series of processes to become a finished product. This operation is performed with machines and skilled labor.

The production process is characterized by getting the raw stones from the quarries. They are stored in the warehouse or block yard. At this stage also the stones undergo quality testing to check if the patterns have changed. After the slabs are made they are packed according to the requirement of the project. They are ready to sail from the nearest Port and reach the required international destination.


We produce error-free stone products with a trained staff and supervised management system. They use the best production accessories to perform the task with:

  • Gantry Cranes
  • Wire saws
  • Loaders
  • Excavators
  • Derrick Cranes
  • Slabbing, Surface finishing, and Cutting equipment

Research and development is also integral to our production units in our organization. We keep ourselves updated on the latest demands of the international buyers from different countries. Based on specific data we design the slab stones to be developed for commercial projects.


Stone Processes

 Natural stones eventually need to be processed for them to display their value to the end consumer. Right from sourcing at the quarry, then squaring the block, block cutting into slabs, then surface finish, the next process is cut to the size, if need edge polishing comes with several challenges. Shanthari Exports Private Limited continues to upgrade its facilities and human resources to make the processes streamlined. The final product that emerges is specific and undergoes all phases to meet international standards. We meet the challenges and risks involved in customized orders. We follow a six-step process for each client involving:

  1. Consultation for the project. We explain the options available for products and designs for implementation. Once you agree, we give the estimate for the entire work.
  2. Choice of the material from our inventory.
  3. Choose the edge profile you need. These could be full bullnose, half bullnose, eased edge, ogee edge, quarter bevel edge, or demi bullnose.
  4. Measuring and making templates. This is a critical part of the process.
  5. Follow up for packaging, shipment, and reaching the destination.

The different processes involved are:

Polishing:

Rough stones are smoothened so they look uniform on the surface.  This procedure provides a reflective surface. Movement on such a surface is unhindered. A team of specialists works on it until the final results are achieved. From the quarry, they come to the factory. Depending on the project requirement the raw material is cut into slabs. Natural stone like granite is classified in terms of block size, tonnes, amount of streaks, cleanliness, and cracks. Different methods are used for block cutting. Polishing. This technique is mainly applied to tile benches or countertops. This is not recommended for outdoor use as it is not slip-resistant.

Brushing:

A coarse rotary wire brush is used to create this finish. By this technique, a dimpled satin sheen appears. The work is done under high pressure to achieve the desired results. Once this is done the stone appears vivid and ready to be installed. It is the ultimate for fireplaces, flooring, kitchens, entryways, backsplashes, and bathrooms.

Tumbled:

Often a vintage look is desired. With the use of Media and water, it is possible to create an aged exterior. Any stone can be given this procedure. However, it is different from the antique finish. In this case, a drum-like machine is used on smaller stones. The edges are rounded off. When the tiles are treated this way they look good on busy floors of lobbies, entrances, and bathrooms.

Honed:

If you have picked up limestone as the choice for your project, then this process will be valuable. It does not have a very polished look. It gives a smooth surface but it will not be reflective. It may even seem dull. Where does this help? In places like airport exteriors, railway stations, or busy areas where the footfalls are constant these stones can be fitted.

Chipped edge:

Many properties glow with an antiquated appearance. It gives a traditional touch or an old-world charm and stones can distinctively bring this feeling. Chips are created on the edge of the stone.

Beveled Edge:

Found on many floorings, this is distinguished by an angular and uniform feel all over the stone. It provides a definite character to the entire setup.

Riven Slate:

This is highly skilled work done by trained workers. Only stonemasons with years of experience can handle this process. Air drill is used to create a series of holes in the stone when it is brought from the quarry. These holes will finally help in breaking the slab into sections. To get the split, various tools are used. When the stone splits clean slabs are produced.

Gauged Slate:

This technique is applied for Slate & Sandstone to improve tile applications. The back of the tile is flat or grooved. It offers a proper finish to the measured tiles which are identical in thickness. Slate pavers need to be identical for better installations for the outdoor areas. One side is riven/Natural Cleft and the other side has grooves for proper applications.

Un-gauged slate:

When stepping stones are required, an un-gauging method is used. Slate stone in its most natural state is un-gauged. They are rough all over and vary between 1/8th to ½ inch thickness.  In such cases the un-calibrated slates are riven on both sides. It can be hard to install that is why they are preferred for outdoor purposes.

Natural cleft:

After cutting, the stone is split with a hammer and chisel. It reveals certain variations and fluctuations. The colors and visuals are also uneven and reveal the natural beauty of the stone. They are formed in layers at the ground level with cleaving. A natural separation is created at the seams. This is called the natural cleft and appears in slates and sandstones. A rustic matte finish is seen at the end.

Sand blast:

Once this procedure is done, the stone gets a granular relief with a uniform surface. At a closer range it has a worn out color with slight grooves. This is done by exposing the surface of the stone to a sandblast of siliceous sand. High pressure steel is also used for gentle abrasion. To get the final result, the flow of sand, speed, and pressure of abrasive elements is calibrated. It is rarely used for interiors. But it is quite popular as coating pavements or other exteriors.

Leather finish granite:

It is also termed a satin finish. This is a difficult method which is handled only by the trained staff in the factory. This type is not glossy or glamourous nor does it give a polished look. It has a texture that can be felt by passing the hands over it which mimic leather. Each slab may not have the same kind of leathery feel. Wire rotary brushes are used to get the right texture. Such slabs are very low on maintenance. They are also susceptible to staining hence a good sealant needs to be applied also for cleanliness.

Squaring:

Squaring is important for granite slabs before gang sawing. We have a single wire machine imported from Italy to perform the task. This process ensures there is least amount of wastage as slabs are undeviating. It is a time saver for the last mile stage of installations.

Primary cutting:

We have imported machines from Italy to cut the granite. A series of gang saw equipment is required to get the right cuts. They are used to slice the granite to standard thickness (2cms to 3cms) which is the current international standard. We use the right solutions for cutting with machines that have precision, high speed and flexibility.

Polishing lines:

There are a variety of processes used for polishing granite in the factory. We have an automatic polishing line machinery that is useful for reducing the cost of production. It is one of the most advanced processes. Through it the slabs of granite are able to reveal the true beauty. Sixteen head polishing lines bring the ultimate gleam and shimmer to the surface.

Edge profiles:

We have a scalable portfolio to compete with the global requirements with digitized solutions at our factories. There are ways to amplify the engineered surface of a stone. Sleek edges can be produced with the machine with cutting and sawing. Hand chisels by professionals also have a good impact on the entire design. Our experienced staff provides error-free work.


The profiles that can be created are:

  • Pencil
  • Half bullnose
  • Full bullnose
  • Bevel
  • Eased
  • Small ogees
  • Large ogees
  • Demi bullnose
  • Cove
  • Cobe Ogee
  • Dupont
  • Chiseled
  • Platner
  • Mitered

Who benefits from our wholesale supply and product range?

  • Corporates
  • Importers
  • Distributors
  • Hospitality Industry
  • Real estate developers and builders
  • Homeowners
  • Shopping malls
  • Showroom owners

You are welcome to join others in this journey which promises a world of opulence.

Warehousing and packaging solutions
As we cater to the diverse clientele it is mandatory to have an organized system to store the slabs before they are shipped to the final destination. They are safeguarded and packed with special materials for cushioning them. It ensures that there is no damage or breakage in transit.

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