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Mandarin Stone Agincourt Grey

Agincourt Grey tumbled limestone supplied by Mandarin Stone.

15 March 2020 | Market Intelligence
Natural stone’s proven low carbon sustainability and hard wearing longevity make it the ideal material for flooring. And its thermal mass even contributes to a reduction in the amount of energy...
Turkey stone exports to China halved

The coronavirus has been blamed for Turkish marble block exports to China halving in February.

13 March 2020 | Market Intelligence
It looks as if disruption from the coronavirus is inevitable now for the whole world economy as stock markets once again crash.It is already hitting world trade in stone with the Turkish Marble...
Ian Knapper

For more than 25 years the name of Ian Knapper, the eponymous head of his company in Staffordshire, has become synonymous with stunning stone design, including the finest fireplaces, staircases and other sculptural and architectural stonework. Tel: 01538 722733. [email protected]

9 March 2020 | Market Intelligence
Natural stone has many amazing qualities – the look, the feel, the longevity, the value, the history... And, as with anything natural, you can’t dictate or control it.I was asked not so...
Worktop Fabricators Federation launch

The official launch of the Worktop Fabricators Federation at KBB in Birmingham on Monday, 2 March. The launch took place on sponsor Caesarstone's stand, where Amir Riske, CEO of Caesarstone UK, is pictured congratulating the founders of the organisation on their initiative. Behind him are the founders and other sponsors of the new Federation.

2 March 2020 | Market Intelligence
The new Worktop Fabricators Federation was officially launched on the stand of one of its sponsors, Caesarstone, at the KBB exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham, today (2 March).Amir Reske, CEO of...
CIOB says construction industry is twice the official size

The latest report from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) says the construction industry makes at least twice the contribution to the national economy as official figures say.

27 February 2020 | Market Intelligence
A new 68-page report from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) says the construction industry is about twice the size official figures say it is.The assertion is made in The Real Face of...
C-Guide launch

Pictured at the official UK launch of C-Guide in Cosentino City London are (left to right): journalist and writer Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, who hosted the event; Tom Dyckhoff, the British writer, broadcaster and historian on architecture, design and cities; Rafael de la-Hoz Castanys and Jorge Martin Gacia from La Fundación Arquitectura Contemporáne.

25 February 2020 | Market Intelligence
There are two websites that are a bit unusual and could make a difference to the stone industry in the UK. One is new. The other was launched in 2009 and is about be relaunched.The one launched in...

Flooding is a growing problem. Could permeable stone landscaping help provide an answer?

15 February 2020 | Market Intelligence
As flooding once again hits communities all over the UK it is clear it is a growing problem. Yet sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) tend to be an afterthought in most hard landscaping in England, in...

In 2015 mobile devices became responsible for more than 50% of web traffic and some say it is now as much as 70%.

15 February 2020 | Market Intelligence
The Mystery Surfer revisits the websites of the stone industry and is generally impressed, but has some advice on getting noticed. Back in the day I was this magazine’s Mystery Surfer. The...
J Rotherham stone company headquarters

The headquarters of J Rotherham Masonry. More than 70 of the 200 people who lost their jobs when Administrators were appointed this month have contacted a law firm in the hope of receiving compensation because they say redundancy procedures were not adhered to.

14 February 2020 | Market Intelligence
Following the appointment of Administrators at stone company J Rotherham Masonry this month (read more...), 78 of the 200 or so people made redundant have contacted a law firm in the hope of claiming...
Worktop Fabricators Federation

Launching at KBB at the NEC Birmingham 1-4 March. Meet the founders on the Caesarstone and Cosentino stands.

14 February 2020 | Market Intelligence | 2 Comments
The Worktop Fabricators Federation, introduced in Natural Stone Specialist magazine in December, is being launched softly on 17 February and officially at the KBB exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham...
Stone contracting

Don't get caught out by a contract. Find out how to sharpen up on contracts at this learning and development day for sub-contractors in London on 19 March.

11 February 2020 | Market Intelligence | 1 Comment
This is a learning and development day for sub-contractors and contractors who want to raise their awareness of construction contracts and run them successfully. It takes place in London on...
NAMM Peter Hayman

Peter Hayman of NAMM with the van he uses to deliver training. He has been more involved with NAMM management since Phil Potts resigned as National Executive Officer nearly three years ago.

9 February 2020 | Market Intelligence
NAMM (National Association of memorial Masons) does seem to have more than its fair share of internecine conflict. The latest has stemmed from a three-day industrial tribunal last month (22-24...
Landscape Forum

The Landscape Forum is one of the sector focus groups of Stone Federation Great Britain.

2 February 2020 | Market Intelligence
Natural stone pavements have tangible benefits. Here’s an extract of an architect’s viewpoint on using natural stone when designing pavements:The treatment of the surface of streets and...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry writes about his month in stone in each issue of Natural Stone Specialist.

25 January 2020 | Market Intelligence
In response to this column in December about the white marble floor turning yellow I had several emails from marble folk, advice from an eminent geologist and contact from an architect who seems...
VR headset

Artifical intelligence, virtual reality, point cloud scanning, building information management... even stone is digital.

15 January 2020 | Market Intelligence
Building Information Modelling (BIM) may still be in its infancy but it is already beginning to look out of date as technology continues to evolve. And BIM is only one of the digital technologies...