Highly sought-after Desert Cream Granite is being extracted from a sprawling 300 hectare mining site in Mungeria, in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
The Barmer district in West India spreads across 28,387 km2 (10,960 m2) of land and forms part of the Great Indian Desert, also known as the Thar Desert. In summer months temperature can soar to 51 °C and drop to freezing point in winter. Like many other districts in the desert region, Barmer is known for its folk music and dance. Unlike other areas, though, Barmer is also home to a specialty stone – the durable and beautiful Desert Cream Granite.
Pacific Stone Mart – a leading exporter operating out of Barmer District in Rajasthan State – is a pioneer in the manufacturing of natural stone products in India. It mines a large variety of natural stone and manufactures, supplies and exports the material, catering for the needs of general contractors, developers, architects, homebuilders, designers and dealers.
The company produces blocks, slabs, and cut-to-size tiles for wholesale. The precious Desert Cream Granite is available in a range of sizes, block dimensions often dependent on the transport logistics of worldwide delivery. The stone is sent to suppliers in the U.S, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Pacific Stone Mart is a family run business, supported by a team of external professionals.
Pacific Stone Mart operates a fleet of Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) excavators, helping to extract and transport blocks across the site. It was the first company in Rajasthan to buy a Volvo EC380D-Series excavator, a move which encouraged other quarry owners in surrounding areas to follow suit.
“Now we believe that we are also the first company in India to place an order for a Volvo L350F block handler as well,” says Mr. B R Agarwal, founder and owner of Pacific Stone Mart. “Being the first off the mark comes naturally to us I guess.”
Pacific Stone Mart also owns other Volvo excavator models, including an EC360BLC, five EC210s B-Prime Series and six EC380Ds. The site’s goal is to produce 50,000 m3 of granite this year. “This is easily achievable with our Volvos in action,” says Agarwal. “Our experience with Volvo equipment so far can be summed up in a few words – a job well done on time. We rarely have problems with our machines and help is always on hand if we need it.”
Volvo CE operates a comprehensive service network in the area complete with its own workshop to ensure machine downtime is kept to a minimum.
“The L350F block handler can deliver so much with ease,” says Agarwal. It has incredible power, advanced features and an amazing care cab, which is really comfortable. I think that the Volvo L350F is more fuel efficient than other machines in its class. Now, if that’s not a huge advantage to my business, then what is?”
Pacific Stone Mart has ambitious plans that will see the company increase output volumes and venture into new overseas markets, creating a higher demand for the best quarrying and mining equipment. “There are no prizes for guessing which machines we will choose,” concludes Agarwal. “There’s huge demand for this variety of stone. Customers worldwide rely on us to deliver the finest quality stone on time – and we depend on our Volvo fleet to make sure that we can deliver.”
Picture 1: Surrounded by blocks of granite and not phased
Picture 2: The EC380D excavator stands to attention.