We’ll unveil our treasure, the fruit of competence, tradition and innovation. This is the promise made by Franchi Umberto Marmi Academy.
Unique by Nature is the webinar project to introduce you to the world of stone. It’s our way of seeing marble as a timeless work of nature.
With our engineers you can expand your knowledge of a variety of subjects, from the planning work in the quarries to the sustainability of the natural stone throughout its production cycle. An in-depth visual and audio journey takes you to the quarry and the deposit.
An hour spent live with our experts and company representatives. You will be directly involved and accompanied live through our material showroom and, above all, you can interact and discuss any subject in detail thanks to our Q&A time.
The project in one minute
Watch the video
Welcome and introduction by Bernarda Franchi & Gualtiero Vanelli
A tour of the quarry with Anna Mocchetti - The mining deposit of Bettogli
A short video story of life in the block yard, sawmill and some commercial aspects
Mining engineer Claudia Chiappino - Sustanaibility of marble, from quarries to slabs
Geotechnical engineer Raimondo Cossu - Engineering in quarry design
Tour of the company with Anna Mocchetti - The plant and materials
Greetings from Alberto Franchi
Who are you going to listen?
BERNARDA FRANCHI | Vice-chairman and CEO
Bernarda Franchi was born in Carrara (MS) on 10 September 1963. From 1981 to 1987 he worked as an accounting clerk in Borghini P. & Franchi
USrl. From 1987 to 1991 he held the position of director, dealing with administration and Public Relations in Franchi Umberto & Figli Srl, a
company subsequently merged by incorporation in 2003 into the Franchi Umberto Marmi company. Since 1991 he has held the position of Executive
Director and carries out Public Relations functions in Franchi Umberto Marmi.
GUALTIERO VANELLI | Member
Gualtiero Vanelli was born in Carrara (MS) on February 2, 1975. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the College of St. Claire in
Oxford and a degree in Languages with a cultural focus at the University of Parma. He received an honorary degree from the Academy of Drawing
Arts in Florence. In 2006 he founded “Giulio Vanelli Marmi – the civilization of marble”, a company that deals with the extraction of stone
material in the Apuan basin and with the sorting and marketing of the product, of which he is still a managing partner. From 2008 to 2012 he
held the position of Board Member and Vice President of the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara. Over the years he has led and collaborated on
projects and installations globally. In 2018 he was appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Special
Councilor for Italian Culture in the World of the Undersecretary of State Hon. Guglielmo Picchi until the appointment of the Conte Government.
RAIMONDO COSSU | Geo-technical Engineer
Raimondo Cossu, born in Tempio Pausania (SS) in 1974 is a Geotechnical Engineer who graduated from the Politecnico di Torino (Polytechnic
University of Turin). As soon as he graduated in 2001 he obtained a research contract with the CNR (National Research Council). He moved to
Carrara in the same year and has been involved in design and stability for the last 20 years in collaboration with the Gardenato Studio. He has
participated in the design of the extraction plan for the most important quarries in Carrara and was Site Engineer for all 8 quarries of the
Bacino Gioia, the biggest marble basin in Italy. He is Site Engineer and performs the planning of all the quarries for the Società Apuana Marmi
s.r.l., one of the most important excavation groups in Carrara. He drew up and followed the Geological Due Diligence for Franchi Umberto Marmi
in the purchase of quarry 102.
CLAUDIA CHIAPPINO | Mining Engineer
Born in Turin on 13th march1970, Mining Engineer (Degree at Turin Polytechnic, Geo-technologies: specialized in underground works, quarries and mines,
mining technologies, environmental studies and restoring, safety, monitoring, mining plants, on-site geology).
Blasting license for mining and civil works, Gemology Degree at I.G.I. – Italian Gemological Institute of Milan.
From 2010, Freelance Mining Engineer: Sustainable Development Specialist (LCA, EPD) in planning and managing mines and quarries, research and technical/economic evaluation
about reuse of waste materials from mining, recovery and enhancement of historical mines
ALBERTO FRANCHI | Chairman and CEO
Alberto Franchi was born in Carrara (MS) on 22 November 1968. After completing his school studies, from 1987 to 1988 he was an intern at Cava
Murlungo Marmi Srl. In 1988 he began his activity in the family businesses, where he lived his entire career. In particular, from 1988 to 1991
he held the position of director at Franchi Umberto & Figli Srl, a company subsequently merged by incorporation in 2003 into the company
Franchi Umberto Marmi. Following the death of his father Umberto Franchi and the consequent handover to the second generation, he took over the
reins of the company and since 1990 has held the position of Chairman and CEO in the Board of Directors of Franchi Umberto Marmi.