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Wind turbine

One of the two wind turbines installed at Ryder quarry by Longcliffe, which used ISO 50001 to reduce energy costs and identify energy investment opportunities.

A new version of ISO 50001 has just been published. This is an update of the international energy management standard introduced in 2011, which can benefit even small businesses by reducing energy...
From OnPoint

Bath Granite & Marble is the latest company to buy the ECS Eich water recycling system from On Point Engineering. On Point is also the UK agent for the Thibaut machinery Bath Granite & Marble has bought. 

25 November 2018 | Equipment
Machinery needs a lot of clean water, which is encouraging companies to install more reliable recycling systems. These are some of the latest installations.On Point Engineering introduced itself last...
ICEE has used its waterjet to cut holes in 3,500 pebbles to help Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership better understand coastal erosion and alleviate flood threats.
Photos: Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership 
23 November 2018 | Equipment
Since waterjets got the fifth axis that allows them to cut mitres, sales of them have been increasing in the stone industry in the UK and across the world. Many stone companies that have not yet...
ThermaTech INOX

The ThermaTech INOX has been chosen by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to clean its memorials to those who died in the two World Wars.

22 November 2018 | Equipment
ThermaTech stone cleaning equipment from Restorative Techniques is being used all over the world by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) as its prefered system of cleaning gravestones and...
Piece Hall Angel

Piece Hall in Halifax with Claire Slattery (inset), winner of the 2017 Angel Awards for her work in leading the renovation of Piece Hall.

Photo: Paul White 

22 November 2018 | Stone Heritage
In January, the Heritage Lottery Fund will publish its Strategic Funding Framework for the next five years – and it looks as if many of what have until now been grants are about to become loans...

US tariffs on Chinese quartz seem to be taking effect.

21 November 2018 | Market Intelligence
Tariffs of up to 178.45% imposed by America on Chinese quartz imports (read more about that here) seem to be taking their toll. In September, imports were 30% down on their August all-time high of 1,...
Stone Age

Part of the new porcelain range of interior and exterior tiles from Stone Age.

Stone specialist Stone Age, which relaunched its showroom at its Parsons Green, Hertfordshire, headquarters this summer as well as refurbishing its showrooms in London and Bristol, has this year...
A construction company was fined £5,280 by Luton Magistrates’ Court on 19 November and ordered to pay costs of £3,204 for failing to adequately protect the entrance to a cellar that...
modern slavery

Modern slaves in the construction industry can be invisible in plain view. A good day for them is to be paid any wage at all, avoid violence and not be badly injured in a workplace accident, says Zak Garner-Purkis, Head of Content at Construction News.

Modern slavery in the UK construction industry is a reality. This is a comment from Zak Garner-Purkis, Head of Content at Construction News: Why should we speak to you? We’ve not eaten in...
Stonehealth Doff clean

Stonehealth Doff being used to clean the Aviva building in York.

20 November 2018 | Equipment
Being close to high levels of traffic pollution and next to water makes the Aviva building in York vulnerable to biological soiling.Stonehealth DOFF was chosen (by Purple Rhino, which is a...
Mark Priestman

Mark Priestman provides training in the stone industry and writes a regular column on the subject in Natural Stone Specialist magazine.

18 November 2018 | Training
Mark Priestman has more than 20 years’ experience in the natural stone sector. He plays an active role in the development and delivery of training in this specialist environment. Along with his...
Pat Joseph

Pat Joseph, who has been appointed as Specification Manager of CRL Stone.

CRL Stone, which sells its own brand ranges of CRL Quartz and Ceralsio porcelain, has appointed Pat Joseph as Specification Manager. Pat has worked in commercial specifications for 18 years, many of...
Aurea Sequence

The surfaces here are Aurea Sequence, which gives its name to a new collection from Aurea, represented exclusively in the UK by J Rotherham.

Sequence is a new collection of four marble effect quartz designs from Aurea Stone, the company which J Rotherham started representing exclusively in the UK in July after previewing its products on...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry gives his take on the stone industry in Natural Stone Specialist magazine each month.

18 November 2018 | Market Intelligence
Robert Merry is an independent stone consultant. He ran his own company for 17 years and was a project manager, although now he has decided to take a break from that. He also acts as an expert...
Tim Shutter's MJB

Tim Shutter's Magic Jumping Bean.

I have just completed this sculpture, called MJB (Magic Jumping Bean), for Lister House Health Centre on Abercrombie Way, Harlow. Although I have been working in public art for more than two decades...