About us

Our Mission

World stone reserves are approximated to 15 billion m3 and estimates are that these stone resources are sufficient. The consumption of dimension stone has been rising day after day due to the increasing worldwide demand. Despite the COVID-19 crisis and the growing economic recession, international markets of granite, marble and stone are estimated to reach 5 trillion tons, with an annual growth of 3.5%. The global natural stone market was worth €30 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach €40 billion by 2026. The economically most significant part of the European ornamental stone industry is located in the Mediterranean, in the Alpine-Himalayan orogenic belt. However, according to the total production, the world's biggest natural stone producers are China, India, Iran, Turkiye, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Egypt, Portugal and Greece, making European countries (including Turkey) produce only around 30% of worldwide's production. This project aims at improving this situation to the benefit of Europe.

Each partners’ capabilities results the complementarity within the project. Some are specialized in in-situ investigations and data processing, whereas others are involved in high computer processing and algorithm developments. Field work, theoretical developments and computer modelling are strongly represented by various partners of the project.

Our focus;

Concerning ERA-MIN Research Agenda, this project address the following aspects:

  • Achieve intelligent, sustainable and comprehensive growth by securing ornamental stone supplies to the future demand from the existing raw material quarries, as well as from virgin deposits;
  • Lead to a novel environment-efficient technology for ornamental stone mining through quarrying optimisation and waste minimisation, with lower energy and water usage;
  • Boost sustainability through state-of-the-art exploration and survey for a better characterisation of the ornamental stone deposits and innovative 3D modelling;
  • Propose a new intelligent software (SaaS) for quarry optimisation by increasing RR;
  • Improve the public perception of mining, which is often perceived as not environment-friendly.

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Feature of natural stones:
“Agate calms anger, zircon gives sleep, amethyst quenches wine drunkenness, garnet expels evil spirits, hydropicus fades the color of the moon.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde