Les Carrières de la Pierre Bleue Belge: A traditional activity that has never been more in vogue
Les Carrières de la Pierre Bleue Belge S.A. is one of the leaders in quarrying, sawing and shaping of blue stone in Europe. To maintain its high levels of productivity, this family business invests regularly in new equipment.
« Consulting IMBC about our major investment projects is now nothing less than instinctive for us. They are not only a reliable partner but also a vital component of the region’s economy », Julie Abraham, Managing Director.
Belgian blue stone has been extracted from the quarries of Soignies for over 300 years. Today, the family-run company Les Carrières de la Pierre Bleue Belge S.A. has 3 production sites, whose beautiful, high-quality products are distributed all over Belgium, as well as internationally, for use in ambitious construction and decoration projects. With an eye on new markets, the company is a key employment provider.
Always at the cutting edge
On several occasions, the business has called on IMBC to assist with a view to making major investments, such as for the purchase of rolling stock, winding gear, heavy machinery, etc., as well as to participate in financing the setting up of a new quarry, from which the first blocks were extracted in 2008. This long-standing collaboration dates back to the very first days of IMBC.
While in order to undertake these investments, the management of Les Carrières de la Pierre Bleue Belge S.A. relies on a balance between their own equity and assistance from banks and IMBC, they particularly appreciate the partnership they have developed with IMBC.
« We meet about once a year to discuss our progress, and this enables us to highlight opportunities and facilitates the preparation of new applications for assistance » emphasises Julie Abraham.
The company also appreciates the role IMBC plays in introducing them to other business owners in the region in order to study the possibility of creating synergies, as it envisages in the context of its sustainable development policy, for example.