On an unconventional Holiday to Siderópolis, Santa Catarina to visit family, I managed to visit a wealth of different factories. Siderópolis is traditionally a mining town and doesn't get a lot of foreign visitors. However the industrial 'tourist attractions' were amazing, space is abundant and driving through the jungle and plains we stumbled across a variety of production manufacturers. My favourite was the Giseli tile factory, it takes me 3 weeks to hand make a tile however here they take raw clay materials and turn them into a tile in less then 4 hours, including two firings! Clay powder is processed and hydraulic power is used to create a variety of different tiles, shapes sizes and reliefs. We also visited a concrete brick factory, which Im not sure you could call a factory as it was an open sided barn in a jungle clearing. Here three men, and a couple of dogs, use hydraulic pressure to produce 1,200 breeze blocks a day. The new mayor was building a house for his daughter so we were invited to see different construction techniques. Brazil uses a huge amount of concrete paired with hollow ceramic bricks. Most buildings and walls are formed from poured and shuttered concrete. Reincforced with steal, the hollow bricks are laid to form a basic structure for floors that is then covered in concrete.