Marble is a metamorphic rock composed primarily of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and formed through a process of metamorphosis of sedimentary rocks. The main characteristics of marble are durability, abrasion resistance and a low refraction coefficient.
Design and production of advanced machinery, industrial plants, technology and software
Machines and lines
Breton invents, designs and builds specific high tech and high production machining centres, lines and stand-alone machines for processing materials (natural stone, marble, granite, quartz, ceramic, heavy clay, engineered stone, resins and foams, polymers, and metals) and for additive manufacturing.
Inventor of the BretonStone® system, Breton encourages companies to become innovators in the engineered stone business while pursuing a path of respect for the environment, health, and safety.
BretonStone® plants are designed to sustain an offering of innovative and exclusive finished products for applications in architecture and design.
Breton offers software suites and production process management platforms, integrable with legacy systems as necessary, to optimise machine operation and assure full technological control of plants.
Breton proposes technological solutions applicable to various sectors to maximise the performance of Breton machines and achieve previously unimaginable levels of precision and production rates.
Material processing know-how
Granite is an intrusive igneous rock that forms following cooling and consequent crystallisation of molten magma. It is highly resistant to weathering and atmospheric chemical corrosion. Other characteristics include high cohesion, elevated hardness and high compressive strength. The key property of granite is its hardness, making it difficult to quarry and to machine.Granite
Lapitec is the world's only sintered stone, a silica-free “full-bodied” material made from a selected mixture of natural minerals.
Slabs have different thicknesses and can be cut and worked in different ways, depending on the project at hand: curve cutting, carved surfaces and various types of holes are all possible. Lapitec is a highly resistant material whic stays unaltered in time and requires little maintenance: it doesn't stain, it's UV resistant, scratch resistant, resistant to weather conditions and to pollution - it is particularly suitable for architectural, flooring, and interior design applications.Lapitec
Ceramic is a non-metallic inorganic composite material that is highly ductile in the natural state and becomes hard after firing. The material is primarily composed of different clays: kaolin, sandy clays, and refractory clays. Ceramics can be compact body type, such as stoneware and porcelain, or porous body type, such as earthenware and terracotta.Ceramic
Brick is a man-made construction material made with clay fired in kilns or, in antiquity, baked in the sun. The raw material of brick is clay (kaolinite in its purest form) with a large number of additional constituents including calcium carbonate, silica, alumina, sand, and organic materials; different compositions determine the characteristics of the material in terms of machinability, mechanical strength, colour, and plasticity.Bricks
Composite of stone aggregates (quartz, bioquartz, marble, and granite), bound together with unsaturated polyester resin or biolenic resin. The ideal material for a range of residential and commercial applications, thanks to its exceptional hardness and strength.Resin-based engineered stone
Composite of stone aggregates (quartz, bioquartz, marble, and granite), bound together with portland cement. The ideal material for a multitude of residential and commercial applications thanks to its exceptional characteristics.Cement-based engineered stone
Category of metal alloys capable of withstanding mechanical stress also at very high temperatures while also offering a good level of mechanical strength and corrosion resistance. The main drawback is related to the fact that superalloys are hard to machine using chip removal techniquesSuper alloys
Alloy composed essentially of iron and carbon. Characteristics: excellent deformability and hardness, high tensile strength and yield strength, good heat conductivity.Steel
Low density and high ductile materials obtained primarily from the combination of aluminium, zinc, manganese, copper, silicon or magnesium; lightweight alloys are also characterised by their static strength, machinability, and corrosion resistanceLight alloys / Aluminium
A polymer is a macromolecule composed of many repeating molecular subunits. The subunits are formed by electrical bonds that weakly attract the molecules together. Because their bonds are weak, thermoplastic polymers readily soften when heated, allowing manufacturers to mould them into a wide range of shapes, then resoften them and mould them again. Polymers are recognized also for their low weight, chemical inertia, and vibration resistance. These materials are frequently fibre-reinforced, meaning charged with short or long fibres of materials such as carbon or glass to impart properties such as increased mechanical strength or heat resistance.Polymers
Materials formed by the union of two or more different basic materials such as fibres, matrices, and additives whose combined properties and performance are superior to those of their single components. Their main properties include low weight, stiffness, high strength, and versatility and they also enable savings in manufacturing costs.Composites
The term resin refers to a solid or semisolid substance of plant or synthetic origin that has no precise melting point and has a high molecular weight. Most resins are polymers suitable for many different applications in a range of industrial sectors. Apart from their use, resins are above all divisible into two main groups: thermoplastic resins and thermosetting resins.Resin