Public squares and parks are a city’s calling card. If these are designed to match the buildings in the area, a harmonious overall picture is created. When choosing natural stone for the flooring or special design elements, it is worth investing in quality in order to meet the high demands for durability and sustainability. Under the keyword – fair production, the manufacturing processes are increasingly coming into focus.
belgrano® natural stones come mainly from Europe, especially Spain, Italy or Turkey, as well as from Asia. In 2003, Frank Dickmann and his business partner Ulrich Klösser founded BESCO GmbH (Berliner Steincontor) in Berlin. The company mainly offers advice and planning support for architects and planners for natural stone projects all over the world. The committed commitment of the entire team contributed to the international success. Florian Geyer, who has been a permanent employee of the company since March 2015, has been supporting Besco’s project business as an authorized signatory and member of the management team. Since there was no standardized name for stones at the time of the foundation and to this day, Dickmann and Klösser created the belgrano® brand. This name not only denotes the natural stones that can be used in different ways, but is rather a promise of quality. The belgrano® brand includes various high quality stone types such as granite, diorite, syenite, diabase, basalt, gabbro, gneiss, limestone, sandstone and others. They all meet the strictest technical and design requirements. Frank Dickmann summarizes:
„belgrano® stands for compliance with social and ecological production criteria according to the ILO norms(International Labour Organisation).“
Specifically, this means that customers get the guarantee that the natural stone was produced under fair conditions. A four-digit CE identification number ensures compliance with the safety standards according to EU guidelines. In addition, test certificates issued by independent German institutes certify the properties of the stone. In addition, BESCO has a geologist create so-called thin-section petrographs of the natural stones. This “fingerprint of the rock” with uniform numbering and test certificate makes every delivery traceable.
In order to exclude the possibility of children being used as workers in the quarries, BESCO in the Far East has specialized in the project business with granite stones from China and Vietnam. In contrast to India, the basic ethical rules are strictly observed there. This is symbolized by the partnership with the Fair Stone seal from the WiN = WiN agency, a facility that monitors working conditions by adhering to safety standards in many natural stone factories. Compliance with these guidelines enables architects and municipalities to precisely trace the path of the supply chain. In addition, BESCO employees regularly convince themselves of the human and labor rights conditions in the production facilities. He formulates the demands on his natural stone brand belgrano® as follows: “Architects who plan for cities or municipalities place great trust in our knowledge and actions. This has made us one of the leading natural stone suppliers. We feel obliged to do so.”
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Florian Geyer started his career at BESCO with an apprenticeship in wholesale and foreign trade. This was followed by positions in field service, sales, in sales and project management. With this experience, the proven natural stone expert wants to contribute to continuing the growth of recent years and increasing the company’s market presence.
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15 years ago, Ulrich Klösser, Frank Dickmann and Florian Geyer, who later became authorized signatory and sales manager, set out to make the rich natural stone range in Asia and later also in Europe available for German and European construction projects. The founding of BESCO – Berliner Steincontor GmbH in March 2003 also marked the birth of the branded product belgrano®…