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Gang jailed for forging documents including CSCS cards so illegal immigrants could work in the UK.

29 January 2018 | Market Intelligence
A gang of seven who supplied fake ID documents, including passports and CSCS cards, to illegal immigrants has been jailed for a total of 16 years - an average of just over two years and three...

Barry Ashmore mentioned Carillion when he said in October last year: "If one of the major contractors went bust tomorrow, everyone would notice."

24 January 2018 | Market Intelligence
The collapse of the corporately bureaucratic Carillion set Natural Stone Specialist magazine looking back through the files to see if it had been predicted by anyone other than the Stock Market...

Chris Tottle.

19 January 2018 | Market Intelligence
Chris Tottle, a President of Stone Federation Great Britain in the 1990s and a representative in the UK of French limestone companies for many years, died on 18 January.The fact that Chris sold...
 

Turkish stone exports grew last year after China and India lifted import taxes and quotas.

19 January 2018 | Market Intelligence
With China and India both having eased restrictions on imports, Turkey's stone exports grew to more than US$2billion in 2017, reports the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah, quoting the Aegean...
20 December 2017 | Market Intelligence
In the time-honoured tradition of this holiday season, we invite you to sit back and spend a few minutes reflecting on the past 12 months in the stone industry as seen through the pages of Natural...

Small companies need help to keep up with the digital industrial revolution, says FSB.

13 December 2017 | Market Intelligence
Some companies in the stone industry have embraced the digital connectivity of Industry 4.0. Some haven't and it is holding them back. The fact that some (mostly small) companies are not up to...

Tile & Stone Gallery, BAL and Johnsons have helped improve the life of a man left incapacitated after a mindless attack by football hooligans.

6 December 2017 | Market Intelligence
Tile & Stone Gallery joined forces with tile adhesives and grouts company BAL and tile company Johnsons to provide tiles, adhesives and grout to help the BBC DIY SOS programme improve...

This production line based on T&D’s Lapisystem was on show at Marmo+Mac in Verona. It was one of four T&D robots going to Natural Stone Surfaces in the UK. T&D are represented in the UK by Roccia Machinery.

28 November 2017 | Market Intelligence
There have been lots of reports this year of robots replacing people in the workplace. Whether you see that as utopia or dystopia or simply part of a continuum from the time man first picked up a...

Scottish Stone Group, MSPs, Historic Environment Scotland and Scottish Enterprise met in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday, 22 November, for what is hoped will mark a greater collaboration of interests. 

23 November 2017 | Market Intelligence
Scottish stone producers of the newly formed Scottish Stone Group were feeling confident after meeting with the country's Minister for Business, Innovation & Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP...

The Building Limes Forum gathers at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim to discuss the hot subject of lime mortars.

21 November 2017 | Market Intelligence
This article by Lewis Proudfoot, the Stone Section Manager at Cliveden Conservation in Taplow, Berkshire, first appeared in Natural Stone Specialist magazineThe Building Limes Forum (BLF) is at the...

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

5 November 2017 | Market Intelligence
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...

Fila Fugaproof grout protector in a new spray applicator that makes it easier to use.

1 November 2017 | Market Intelligence
Chemical companies continually strive to find better ways of fixing, sealing, cleaning or otherwise enhancing stone and the growing range of engineered products being adopted by the stone industry....

Robert Merry comments on his month in the stone industry.

20 October 2017 | Market Intelligence
Robert Merry is an independent stone consultant and project manager who ran his own company for 17 years. He also acts as an expert witness.I went to Wiltshire to meet a man about a stone yard. It...
Palace of Westminster

In need of repair: masonry fell on Minister's car this week.

Picture courtesy UK Parliament.
20 October 2017 | Market Intelligence
A lump of stone has fallen off the Houses of Parliament and hit a Minister's car, breaking the windscreen.The vehicle belongs to Michael Ellis, deputy leader of the House of Commons, according to...

Robert Merry disects the stone industry.

15 October 2017 | Market Intelligence
Robert Merry is an independent stone consultant and project manager who ran his own company for 17 years. He also acts as an expert witness.The entry on a management contractor’s website reads:...

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