China Slate Ltd was formed in 1997 by Fergus Liu, a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, advisor to many Chinese provinces and successful entrepreneur based in Chesterfield, United Kingdom. Fergus has been assisting the Chinese people to develop the Chinese slate business since the early nineties, before becoming a Chinese slate importer himself.
His objective was to import high quality Chinese slate to meet the demands of Western markets. To achieve this aim, China Slate bought into an existing Chinese slate supplier – Dongmu Slate Quarries. The immense popularity of Dongmu’s blue-black Emperor roofing slates meant that China Slate quickly grew a large client base of distributors and stockists throughout the UK and into Europe and North America. The quarries train their large labour force to adopt modern technology to finish slates in a similar way to Welsh slates. Education and training is a top priority for ourselves and Chinese local government.
Slate in China
Natural slates have been widely used for roofing throughout the world for over 200 years. Chinese slate’s origins date back some 400 million years. Most of the good slate is in inaccessible mountains, so China Slate’s long term objective is to install the necessary infrastructure to reach them, and create immediate employment for local labourers to mine the slates. The living standard of the local villagers has been largely improved. In most of the quarries, there are plans to fill the valleys with slate waste to form level land for local village development.
China Slate has adopted the business philosophy to form friendly partnerships with associates in China and the rest of the world so that Chinese slate can be developed into the best possible products, very similar in quality and likeness to those produced in Europe and America. The management team of China Slate has been working closely with the Chinese government and the local villages to develop high-grade, popular slates for at Dongmu and now Prosper Shaaxi Zhenping quarry. Thanks to modern technology we can can control the logistics of slate import movements on a daily basis, in conjunction with the Chinese quarry management.