Sponsor of the Roof Slating ​Award

"CUPA PIZARRAS are proud to be supporting the UK Roofing Awards. This is a great opportunity to identify and reward people for their excellent work, high standards, workmanship and product recognition in the industry."

Company Profile

CUPA PIZARRAS is the largest natural slate company in the world and has been producing slate for over 125 years. The company was established in 1892 and now operates 16 quarries and 22 processing plants that produce around 180,000 tons of slate per year - the equivalent of approximately 200 slate roofs per day. One in three slates supplied for roofing and facades worldwide is a CUPA PIZARRAS product.


Sustainability and responsible environmental management is a core part of the business’ operation. CUPA PIZARRAS is committed to minimising the impact of its operations on the environment. For example, once the slate reserves in a quarry have been exhausted, the area is restored by hydro-seeding native plants, ensuring natural recovery of the local flora and fauna. To demonstrate its on-going improvements and to help contractors meet their sustainability targets CUPA PIZARRAS has achieved certification to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management standard.


In addition, each CUPA PIZARRAS slate is traceable to its precise point of origin. The basic level of traceability offered by many within the industry will provide the municipality of origin, however this could represent more than 20 quarries over a wide area. In contrast CUPA PIZARRAS is the only slate company that can identify the exact quarry that the slate was extracted from so that the quality of the finished project can be guaranteed. The unique barcode on every pallet ensures the origin, type, thickness, technical data and production date for all slates can be quickly and easily identified. This level of traceability is only possible through comprehensive supply chain management.


The company offers a range of natural slate products each with distinct characteristics to allow architects, contractors and clients to select the product that is right for the project. Within each product line CUPA PIZARRAS also offers different ‘selections’ to provide a choice of finishes. The R Excellence selection is characterised by superior uniformity and flatness, the H selection provides some variation in appearance while the Natural selection achieves a less refined look for the roof without compromising on overall quality.


CUPA PIZARRAS also offers a range of ‘heavy’ slates with thicknesses over 7mm that provide greater weather resistance. This includes the Heavy 3 slate, which with the same colour, texture and markings is an ideal replacement for traditional Scottish slate.


Furthermore, the manufacturer has also developed renewable energy technology called THERMOSLATE®. The innovative solar collectors harness the sun’s radiation and convert it into heat energy and conducts it to a heat transfer fluid which is then used to provide heating and hot water.


CUPA PIZARRAS continues to invest in its facilities, processes and products to ensure it provides the best possible service and offering to the industry.