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.
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.