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Diamond tools

D Zambelis has started colour coding its blades to indicate their use. They are (left to right): Stellar, for natural quartzites and engineered quartz; Sapphire, for clean, single pass cutting of granite on saws with motors under 12hp the motor life; Platinum, an everyday blade for granite and engineered stone on saws above 12hp; Emerald, for marble and limestone; Rosso, for all synthetic sintered stones (Dekton, Lapitec, Neolith and the rest) and Porcelain. 

16 October 2019 | Equipment
The makers of ultra-compact engineered stones and ceramics have successfully created a demand for their products but it has left stone processors in the KBB sector struggling to find ways to...
www.webuyanystonemachine.co.uk

A new website for trade in used machinery.

15 October 2019 | Equipment
Stone Equipment International (National Masonry), which has created a significant business for itself in refurbished machinery sales as well as selling new Marmo Meccanica edge polishers and Emmedue...

Alan Hamilton and his son-in-law, Adam Main, in the company’s  offices, where detailed stone cutting schedules are drawn up from clients’ designs using Alphacam CAD/CAM software.

Cumbria Quarry Services, with three sandstone and two limestone quarries of its own and a major factory also processing block from other quarries, is ready to add sales both north into Scotland and...
 
Interiors

For more information about the Stone Federation Interiors  & Surface Materials Group, email [email protected].

15 October 2019 | Market Intelligence
The Interiors & Surface Materials focus group is one of the sector specific groups of Stone Federation Great Britain. It includes a wide range of stone companies, including stone suppliers and...
West Dean

West Dean College has made some changes to its Conservation & Repair of Masonry Ruins course, run in association with Historic England, to emphasise sustainable and environmentally sensitive approaches.

 
14 October 2019 | Training
West Dean College of Arts & Conservation has made some changes to its annual Conservation & Repair of Masonry Ruins course, which takes place between Monday 18 and Thursday 21 November at the...
Mark Priestman

SAPs for Stone Fixing and Facade Preservation. 

10 October 2019 | Training
You’ll be aware, I think, that the stone sector operates three CITB Specialist Applied Skills Programmes (SAPs). One of which is run by John Munro on site in Herefordshire. But more to follow...
Grupo Guidoni

Rayner Guidoni, Rafael Guidoni and Jose Antonio Guidoni at the opening of their second quartz plant in Europe.

One of the world’s largest stone companies, Brazilian Grupo Guidoni, which exports to more than 70 countries including the UK, has opened a second quartz line in Spain to make jumbo size slabs...
John Krause

 John Krause at the finishing line of the Challenge Almere-Amsterdam Triathlon, the third triathlon he has successfully completed.

London stone and terrazzo company Diespeker's very own marathon man, MD John Krause, has been at it again. This time he took part in the Challenge Almere-Amsterdam Triathlon, said to be...
Yaz

Yazmin Impson, who works at Albion Stone on Portland, talks about her experience in the predominantly male environment of the stone industry.

 
About 80% of the UK population aged from 16 to 64 is employed, a higher proportion (and by far the greatest number) since records began in 1971. Roughly half of those people (47%) are women. But in...
Stonegate

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

8 October 2019 | Equipment
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...
Williamstrip

The interior of Williamstrip Chapel won a Craftsmanship Award in the Natural Stone Awards last year.

5 October 2019 | Stone Projects
The work of architect Craig Hamilton at Williamstrip Chapel on a private estate in Gloucestershire has been widely acclaimed. The interior stonework received recognition in Stone Federation’s...
Laser cleaning

This is the Andritz Powerlase Vulcan 500c back of a van laser cleaning system. Is this the future of stone cleaning?

5 October 2019 | Equipment
From superheated water at 150ºC to dry ice at -79ºC and from baking powder to lasers – they are all used for cleaning stone. Natural Stone Specialist magazine spoke to companies...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry is looking forward to visiting Battersea Power Station. You can read about the visit in the next issue of Natural Stone Specialist magazine.

5 October 2019 | Market Intelligence
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has organised a visit to Battersea Power Station, which I am going to attend. I am looking forward to it, although you have to take all your own five point...
Lapitec

Sintered Lapitec, in all its uses, is now available for use with BIM software.

Lapitec has entered the world of BIM.From 1 October, Lapitec slabs, supplied in the UK by the Marble & Granite Centre in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, have been made available for BIM software....
TAB

Famous for its stone, now there is also TAB quartz.

Not just a natural stone supplier but a natural stone dreamer. That’s how TAB describes itself. Now it is also an engineered quartz dreamer.India is the largest single source of dimensional...

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