Alta Skiferbrudd B.V. in the Eemshaven, The Netherlands is responsible for the global sales of Alta Quartzite outside Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltic States. Alta Quartzite is quarried by Alta Skiferbrudd SA, a cooperation of quarry workers in Alta, Norway, established in 1933.
Alta Skiferbrudd SA has the exclusive concession rights for quarrying in the Altadalen area granted by the province Finnmark in northern Norway. Alta Skiferbrudd B.V. is part of the Alta Skiferbrudd group. The organizational structure can be defined as follows:
Alta Skiferbrudd B.V., based in the Eemshaven-The Netherlands, is the worldwide sales office (except Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic countries) for Alta Quartzite.
Globally our strategy is to approach the project market via (sole) distributors and or (sole) agents architects and developers.
In this market segment Alta Skiferbrudd B.V. works with a “pull” marketing strategy, whereby marketing and sales efforts are directed towards principles, like architects, developers, communities etc.
In the early stage of a potential project, where the crucial design phase takes place, our task is to advise Alta Quartzite about its esthetic and technical properties in co-operation with our domestic agent/ distributor.
In the trade market we co-operate with selected (stock-keeping) distributors.
From the factory in Alta the material is shipped (in a cycle of approx. 3 weeks) by coaster-vessel to our stockyard in the Eemshaven. In this port we unload and stock the material at Wagenborg Stevedoring. From the Eemshaven we have 3 alternative logistics options to transport our orders, i.e. container-road- and rail-transport.
Alta Quartzite occurs around the Alta fjord and along the Altaelva river, from Altadalen to Tverrelvdalen, over an area of approximately 100 km2.
Alta Quartzite is a grey-green, shimmering silver, extremely dense fine- to medium-grained stone with a prominent parallel texture.
Alta Quartzite is known worldwide for its hardness and strength. The minimal water absorption shows that this stone is composed of very dense material.
The use of Alta Quartzite as a building material has a long lasting tradition as it is found in nearly ready form in nature.