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LPE Group has re-branded as Stone Industry Group and share swaps by the Directors leave Simon Bradbury and Carl Sharkey in charge of separate businesses.

6 September 2019 | Equipment
There are major changes at LPE Group (which took its name originally from the American Laser Products templaters it sells in Europe) with the Directors, Carl Sharkey and Simon Bradbury, splitting the...

Pictured above is a mason using a pneumatic chisel. All power tools pose a potential vibration risk to the user and companies that ignore the risk are facing severe penalties when prosecuted as well as leaving themselves vulnerable to compensation claims and subsequent rises in insurance premiums.

Dacorum Borough Council in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £28,672.62 costs for exposing seven grounds maintenance workers to Hand Arm Vibration...
Dunhouse Luxstone

Paul Allison of Dunhouse Quarries (left) and Dan Hall of Laidler Luxstone at the Dunhouse headquarters in Darlington, Co Durham.

Northern sandstone quarry company Dunhouse, which operates seven quarries, has formed a company to supply a range of porcelain worktops with built-in induction heating elements.Paul Allison, the...
New standard for stone

Stone Federation has backed (with some reservations) BSI plans to create an ISO committee combining standards for natural and engineered stone.

29 August 2019 | Legislation / Standards
Stone Federation Great Britain is supporting - with some reservations - a proposal by British Standards Institution to create one International Standard technical committee covering both natural and...

An artist's Impression of the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir being built in Abu Dhabi with marble interiors supplied by Fox Marble. 

London Stock Exchange-listed company Fox Marble has received its biggest order to date. It is for $2.4million-worth of its Alexandrian White marble quarried in the Balkans to be used for the...
Stone wholesaling

The stone supply chain is changing.

29 August 2019 | Market Intelligence
Stone wholesalers in the worktops and interiors sector are used to selling quartz and now they are getting used to selling ceramics. But the market is changing and wholesalers are having to find new...
Thomas Group

Atlas Plan is now available from The Thomas Group in Manchester.

Atlas Concorde is a major Italian tile manufacturer and the main brand of the Concorde Group. In 2017 it launched Atlas Plan, a range of large porcelain slabs for kitchen worktops, tables and vanity...

Bluetta bookmatched porcelain tiles sold by Lapicida.

Pictured here is a feature wall created using Bluetta bookmatched porcelain tiles that are sold by Lapicida, the stone and tile specialist in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Director Jason...
International Stones

Meet the team at International Stones, which has just added the Italian Florim Ceramiche porcelain slabs to the ranges it offers. The International Stones team pictured (left to right) are: Rob Willsher, Jonathan Oxley, James Bentley, Mat Bacon, Josh Marshall and Jonathan Goulding.

Stone wholesaler International Stones, supplying the country from its base in Sheffield, has added the porcelains of Italian manufacturer Florim Ceramiche to its range.The bright and tidy yard at the...

Those involved in the previous heritage day run by the NSITG and Historic England in the rooftop garden of the offices of Historic England next to the River Thames in London.

28 August 2019 | Training
Stone Federation is planning another stone heritage training day with Historic England in London, this time on 20 November. You can register your interest in taking part with NSITG and Stone...
Ethan Conlon

Ethan Conlon, who represented British stonemasonry at WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan, Russia.

28 August 2019 | Events
Congratulations to Ethan Conlon, an apprentice with APS Masonry who studies at Bath College, for representing Britain in this year's WorldSkills competition that took place this week (22-27...

Ross Salter in front of the GMM Extra CNC saw in his newly extended factory workshop from where he makes stone products for delivery to anywhere in the country.

Ruby Granite has been growing ever since Ross Salter set it up 15 years ago. It’s latest expansion sees the company double the size of its factory workshop, open a new showroom at its premises...

The Vetro Tooling stand at the Natural Stone Show in London this year. Vetro is now selling Denver CNC stone machinery across the island of Ireland.

19 August 2019 | Equipment
Tool company Vetro Tooling has moved into the supply of CNC machinery. Following the Natural Stone Show in London earlier this year, at which Vetro exhibited, Denver's stone machinery is now...

Ian Wilkins and Mandy Drummond from the MoD during NAMM Tradex in June when they explained what the MoD needs. The tenders to supply the memorials are now open online.

19 August 2019 | Natural Stone Memorials
Following the Ministry of Defence (MoD) presentation at NAMM Tradex inviting tenders for the supply of stone memorials, it has now advertised its requirements for Karin Granite Memorials and...
THSB award

Brian Coyle (left), the Managing Director of Lilstone, receives his company's training Award from Chris Ivey, Consultant Director for Health & Safety at THSP. 

Enfield-based heritage and restoration contractor Lilstone is this year’s winner of the THSP Training Award for its commitment to training its staff.Lilstone has been a customer of health...