Natural Stone Paving Packaging

One of the most important elements of delivering natural stone to a customer in perfect condition is the packaging.  Providing good quality packaging sounds like a straight forward process but it is something we have to spend a lot of time on with our foreign suppliers.  Take Indian Sandstone Paving for example.  Crates of stone packaged in the stone regions of Kota and Gwalior need to be transported, often by road to Mundra Port, a journey which can take 3 days on roads which are unfit for purpose.  Stone crates weigh on average a ton each, this weight places a tremendous burden on the wooden crates and any weak spots in the crate material or crate construction are quickly exposed.  Crates start to lean to one side which results in movement of the stone which in turn leads to damage to the stone.  Nails are also a problem, some types of Sandstone Paving are quite soft and when stone rubs against nails during transit it can become damaged quickly.  As well as importing natural stone from around the world we also bring large volumes of Yorkstone Paving down to London from the North of England and even coming down on our roads the stone is not immune to damage.  This is why packaging is so important, any poorly packaged Natural Stone Paving will be found out during transportation.  We also faced huge problems when we first started to import Sawn Paving.  We had particular problems with our Beige Sawn Sandstone Paving.  Nails used to make crates would rust and this rust would then slowly dribble down the crates into the stone often causing irreparable damage to the stone.  Such was the extent of this problem that we had to store our sawn paving indoors.  When you next see a crate of stone take a look at the packaging.  If the crates is tilting or leaning to one side then there is a high chance that some of the paving inside will be damaged.  If the crate looks in good condition then there is every chance that the stone inside the crate will be in equally good condition and has been packaged by someone who genuinely cares about the stone they are packing.

By London Stone Blog | Published 26th October 2011
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