Federation of Indian Granite & Stone Industry
Indian ornamental stones scenario is a vast collage of colourful, attractive, nature’s wonder gifts. A short description would highlight its enormous potential.
➽ Large tracts of high quality ornamental stone
➽ Dimensional Stone Industry started rolling in India in 3200 BC.
➽ India possesses enormous deposits of all types of natural dimensional stones with a variety of excellent properties. These are granites, marbles, slates, sand stones, lime stones and quartzites.
➽ India has established its own status in the world stone market with large exports.
➽ Has a very large domestic market for all types of stones almost equal to Exports.
➽ Product range from cubes, size stones, pavement slabs, standard slabs and tiles, monuments, memorials and made to order items.
➽ Several thousand units mostly in small scale and cottage sectors cater to local needs. There are also many export-oriented units.
➽ Initial recognition for Indian granites originated from chiselled and hand-polished memorials exported to England, Ireland, USA, Japan etc.
➽ Faster processing and production of polished stones became a reality in 50s and 60s. The industry grew rapidly from 70s.
➽ Exports of dimensional blocks commenced in late 60s to Japan and also in smaller extent to countries like England, Germany, Italy etc.
➽ Immediately after black dimensional blocks, export of red granites and thereafter, some of the names became the most popular and recognised worldwide. To mention a few, Jet Black, Premium Plus and Premium Black, Ruby Red, Imperial Red, Paradiso, Black Galaxy, Kashmere White, Green Marble and Red Sand Stone etc.
➽ The trend for cut and polished granites became main focus and grew fast since 1985. Almost 70 per cent of the present total export value added finished products.