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Stone imports, which represent about 75% of the building and memorial stone used in the UK, held up well overall last year in spite of the dip resulting from the first coronavirus lockdown.

Sunday 21st February 2021 | Stone market in the UK
Updated: February 2021 Understandably, the value of stone arriving in the UK took a dive as a result of the first Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. Nobody was quite sure what was allowed and what was...
Stonegate blade

The cut is essentially achieved thanks to the exposed diamonds on the edge of the blade slicing through the stone.

Tuesday 8th October 2019
by Stonegate Precision Tooling  It's important to pick the right blade for the material you are cutting to ensure your blade can match the strength of the stone. Choosing the wrong blade can...
Annual Equipment Review

The technological revolution rolls on.

Monday 30th September 2019
Using stone is one of the oldest of mankind’s skills. As a building material its use stretches back thousands of years. Yet the stone industry is encompassing a digital revolution that is...
Tuesday 16th April 2019
Low carbon, low maintenance, sustainable stone has a lot to offer housing. And with the government having committed to adding 300,000 homes a year to the UK’s housing stock by the mid-2020s to...
Monday 10th September 2018
The Internet of things. Fintec. Virtual and augmented reality. Total Effective Equipment Performance (TEEP). Artifical intelligence (AI). This is the language of the fourth industrial revolution...

There are opportunities in stonemasonry.

Tuesday 17th July 2018
It is one thing to know what stonemasonry is, another to have the skills required to produce it. And although some predict robots and artificial intelligence will take jobs, skills of all kinds are...

This is DCM-PRO, a new electric underfloor heating system from Warmup that, in testing in America to American National Standards Institute 118.12:5.4, proved to protect tiled floors from cracking. It consists of an uncoupling membrane with a heating cable, making the installation of electric underfloor heating even easier. DCM-PRO’s self-healing uncoupling layer contracts and expands to deal with structural movements in subfloors due to seasonal temperature changes, preventing floor coverings from being damaged.

Thursday 29th March 2018
Stone makes an ideal surface for heating to be under because of its thermal mass and conductivity. The benefits of underfloor heating are clearly winning the argument in many cases because it...

The table below is a guide from New Stone Age and OMEC showing combinations of silos and pumps and the size of filterpresses required.

Tuesday 21st November 2017
More machinery needs more water. To provide it, many stone companies are now installing new water recycling systems along with their new machines. And while they are about it, many are also upgrading...

We are all part of the fourth industrial revolution, if only through our interactions with the financial sector.

Monday 25th September 2017 | Machinery
It’s here. It’s now. And you’re part of it. It’s the fourth industrial revolution. It gets bundled together as i4.0 because the term is snappy and sounds modern. The driver is...

Stone makes a fine companion to swimming pool areas but it needs some consideration.

Wednesday 30th August 2017
Stone Federation Great Britain has published a guide to the use of natural stone in swimming pool areas. Here, the author, Barry Hunt, highlights some of the ways of successfully using stone in...

Cleaning using Stonehealth's gentle abrasive vortex Torc system. This should only be carried out by approved operatives such as those employed by Ideal Cleaning.

Tuesday 25th July 2017
Cleaning stonework is not as straightforward as it might appear. Is it even desirable to remove the signs of age from an old building? It would often be inappropriate to clean back to a pristine...
Friday 9th December 2016
The Natural Stone Awards are presented every two years by Stone Federation Great Britain. In 2016 the trophies and certificates were given to the winners by guest of honour Michael Portillo (TV...