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Paper made from limestone and resin - that's one way of recycling waste.

21 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
Limestone quarries and stonemasons are always wondering how to reduce the amount of waste they have to dispose of. One solution might be to turn it into paper. A company called Repap is making...

Cambria's stand at KBB at the NEC, Birmngham, this year where the company exhibited with the support of its UK partner, Granite Granite. Cambria is seeking tariffs on cheap Chinese quartz imports to the USA.

19 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
Following President Trump's imposition of tariffs on imported steel and aluminium, quartz manufacturer Cambria, partnered in the UK by Granite Granite, has now (17 April) filed an action calling...
17 April 2018 | Stone Heritage
English Heritage wants stonemasons involved in conservation and heritage work to register with it in order to tender for its projects on its online procurement portal. English Heritage...
 

Construction output fell 3% in February.

12 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says it has anecdotal evidence that snow contributed to a 3% fall in construction output in February compared with the same month a year earlier - the biggest...

Be carful how you use ladders. After an employee was injured in a 3m fall from an unsecured ladder a company has been fined £850,000 for a health & safety breach.

Watch out when using ladders. A Bradford window installation company has just been fined £850,000 with £1,083 costs after an employee fell 3m from a ladder that was not footed or tied in...

David Francis.

6 April 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
In the previous issue of this magazine there was a report on the outcome of a Fatal Accident Enquiry in Scotland following the death of an eight-year-old boy after a piece of stone from an old...

At Risk. Mallow Castle is one of 76 buildings receiving support from Ireland's Structures at Risk Fund this year.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

6 April 2018 | Stone Heritage
Ireland has announced a budget of €2million for the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) this year, which it has allocated to help with the repair and conservation of 370 heritage buildings.A...
5 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
Almost 50% of Stone Federation’s members work in the conservation and restoration sector, which plays a large part in the overall natural stone arena.This month, we are taking a brief look at...

Mark Priestman.

5 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
As 2020 looms closer I have been thinking that surely this is going to be a year exploited by the nation’s opticians. So far I have been disappointed.Imagine my glee, then, to see this headline...

Robert Merry.

5 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
One of my biggest concerns over the past year has been the rising number of installation failures in bathrooms. The main culprits – mesh backed stone and failed waterproofing.There is still a...

Derek Hale (left) receives his certificate from Kirk Imm.

Derek Hale, the Quarry Foreman at Forest Pennant company Forest of Dean Stone Firms in Gloucestershire, has become the first person at the company and one of only a handful in the industry to have...

Michael Poultney (right), MD of Albion Stone, with his son Jordan on the Albion Stone stand at the Natural Stone Show in London last year.

Albion Stone, which mines Portland limestone, has become the first stone company to achieve an ‘Excellent’ rating in the BRE Green Guide, thanks to BES 6001.BES 6001 is an exacting...

Lord Bamford (centre) at the unveiling of the battery-powered mini-excavator due to be launched at the end of this year and, on the left, the new battery-powered scissor lift.

2 April 2018 | Equipment
JCB has unveiled its first lithium-ion battery powered products - a mini excavator and a scissor lift.One of Britain's most successful manufacturing companies, JCB still believes that most jobs...

Instarmac is one of the best small companies to work for.

Staffordshire manufacturer Instarmac, which makes the UltraTile, UltraScape and UltraFloor ranges, among others, is once again in the prestigious ‘Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For...

The House of Lords Science & Technology Committee wants your views on offsite manufacturing in construction and you have until 26 April to give them.

29 March 2018 | Legislation / Standards
Parliament believes the UK construction industry is not improving productivity as much as it should be, so the House of Lords Science & Technology Committee is looking into it.It has set up an...

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