The history of natural stone

Minera Skifer has roots in a history going back over several hundreds of years. Commercial natural stone production in Norway began in the mid-nineteenth century, while what can be properly described as industrial production began in the 1920s. The use of natural stone as a building material however began as early as the fifteenth century. The stone was strong, weather-resistant and therefore ideally suited for our harsh climate. The stone was used in the construction of roofs and walls, or as slabs for e.g. steps, flooring, paving and stall dividers in cowsheds.

The use of natural stone was mostly limited to local needs, and with horsepower as the only means of transport, there was a limit to how far heavy stone material could be transported. Eventually sea transport allowed quarries close to the sea to become industrial operations, and natural stone became more widespread in coastal areas. The development of railways opened up new and large markets, and paved the way for more recent expansion.

Minera Skifer is now the country’s leading producer of natural stone. The company is based close to the biggest deposits and it exports natural stone products all over the world. Although production involves the use of modern techniques and equipment, operations are a direct continuation of a tradition which has its roots deep in Norwegian building traditions.