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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...
Callum gets Gold

Callum Munro receives his Gold Medal for stonemasonry at the SkillBuild final from Gina Webster, CITB’s Product Category Manager.

18 November 2018 | Training
Callum Munro, a stonemasonry student at Edinburgh College, was one of three Scottish trainees to win a Gold Medal at the SkillBuild National Final held in conjunction with WorldSkills UK Live (...

McKeon in Ireland has launched a new website for its Kilkenny Blue limestone.

Kilkenny Irish Blue Limestone producer McKeon in Stradbally, Co Laois, has launched a new website at has been designed to make it easier for visitors to learn all about Kilkenny...
Stone Awards

Last few seats remaining for the Natural Stone Awards presentation lunch in London on 7 December.

13 November 2018 | Events
There is less than a month to go until the 2018 Natural Stone Awards Ceremony at The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London - so book your seat at the presentation lunch now.The standard of entries in the...
Sheng Da Bodyguard

The Breton Worthy, which now becomes the Sheng Da Bodyguard.

13 November 2018 | Equipment
Italian stone machinery manufacturer Breton has licensed its Worthy bridge saw to be made in China, mainly for the Far Eastern market.Breton has stopped making the Worthy, which it has replaced with...
Flexbone 2Easy

The Flexbone 2Easy floating mat can halve flooring installation times.

13 November 2018 | Equipment
BAL is launching two new uncoupling mats with particular advantages for problem floors.Following the launch of the award-winning BAL Rapid-Mat in 2014, the Flexbone range offers two different...
WWI cemetery

Prime ministers Theresa May and Charles Michel pay their respects to the first and last British soldiers to die in World War I at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s St Symphorien Military Cemetery today (9 November).

9 November 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
Prime Ministers Theresa May (Britain) and Charles Michel (Belgium) toured the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Hainaut, Belgium, this morning (9...

The new Diespeker terrazzo floor and skirting as seen on TV.

Channel 4 programme Old House New Home finds architect George Clarke tackling old properties with history, uncovering their potential as working, modern homes.Natural stone and...
Fox Marble quarry

The Fox Marble quarry in Macedonia.

Fox Marble, the London Stock Exchange AIM-quoted company extracting and processing marble from Kosovo and the Balkans, has acquired Dubai company Gulf Marble, which it partnered to quarry the...

Try out MPQC's new mobile plant simulators at the BIG Event in Nottingham on Thursday 29 November.

7 November 2018 | Events
The Mineral Products Qualifications Council (MPQC) is holding its inaugural BIG Event on Thursday, 29 November, at its headquarters of MP House 4a Meadowbank Way, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, NG16 3SB....

Nigel Gilkinson (left), who runs the stonemasonry courses at the Building Crafts College in Stratford, London, shows some of those who attended the NSITG annual meeting around the College workshops.

6 November 2018 | Training
Training opportunities might become an increasingly important tool in the recruitment armoury of companies if the jobs market continues to tighten. For the Stone Industry, the Natural Stone Industry...

New from Wiseman is SSC – a sandstone cleaner that can be used indoors and out.

5 November 2018 | Equipment
Wiseman has launched a sandstone cleaner under the name of SSC that it describes as "the next generation" of cleaner for sandstone (including York stone). It helps remove algae, moss,...
Weber grout

A new premium grout for interiors and exteriors from Saint-Gobain Weber.

5 November 2018 | Equipment
Saint-Gobain Weber has launched a premium tile fixing grout called Weberjoint Premium that it says gives a high quality finish with long lasting performance.It is scratch-resistant, water repellant,...

Lapitec Bianco Polare in a Satin finish in the entrance hall of a New York skyscraper.

Lapitec Bianco Polare in a Satin finish has been used on the entrance hall of a skyscraper in New york.The luxurious building in the heart of the Big Apple, a stone’s throw from Times Square,...