Ancora Group in Brazil
Brazil remains an important market for Ancora Group. The Sassuolo-based company has secured a number of major orders, the latest two of which were received during the last Tecnargilla. Two complete lapping and squaring lines, one for 600 x 600 mm and the other for sizes from 300 x 300 mm to 1000 x 1000 mm, have been sold to the Portobello ceramic company located in the state of Santa Caterina and are due to begin operating in February 2013. These orders follow on from a recent delivery of a lapping machine and a score-and-snap and squaring line for the production of long listels started up by engineers from Ancora do Brasil in October. Portobello was also one of the first Brazilian companies to adopt Ancora's new energy-saving dryer, which ensures cost reductions of up to 40% and high-quality end results.
In Brazil, Ancora Group has also delivered two squaring lines to the company Biancogres based in Vitoria in the state of Espirito Santo, whose Vitcer polishing centre recently installed an automatic platform loading system built by Ancora on an existing lapping and squaring line, also produced by Ancora. These requirements stem from the high domestic demand for ceramic products, in particular for large format lapped porcelain tile. Poligress Porcelanato, a company based in Maracajá in the state of Santa Caterina, also recently expanded its polishing lines with the installation of a lapping machine and a squaring line with score-and-snap facility for submultiples and listels.