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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...

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...

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...

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...
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...

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....

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...
Business growth

In business-friendly Britain the number of registered businesses continues to grow, with construction leading the way.

2 October 2019 | Market Intelligence
Construction saw the largest growth in the number of firms working in the sector in the year to the end of March 2019, according to figures just released (2 October) by the Office for National...
Indiana Limestone

One of Polycor's Indiana limestone quarries. It has now bought the Indiana limestone mining operation of Elliott Stone. 

Polycor Inc in Canada, which merged with Indiana Limestone (ILCO) this time last year having previously bought four of Rocamat's quarries in France (read more of that here), has now taken over...
New premises

The new headquarters of D Zambelis with the Zambelis family and staff in front.

1 October 2019 | Equipment
Leading machinery, tools and consumables supplier D Zambelis has moved into new, larger premises in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, to give itself more room to continue its growth.  And it looks...

Silica dust from cutting stone, engineered quartz and concrete can be a killer. HSE will be visiting construction sites in October and November to make sure you are getting it right.

This month (October) HSE is carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative with a focus in particular on measures in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease caused by...
Qatar Airways

Michael Adams, Mace: "...Cadeby Stone delivered the client's exact requirements using the latest manufacturing methods in five axes CNC cutting..."

PLP Architecture’s new London headquarters for Qatar Airways at 10-11 Conduit Street in Westminster shows the level of sophistication that the UK stone industry can deliver when it is asked to....

Budri's stand at the Monaco Yacht Show this month.

While much of the Italian stone industry exhibited at Marmo+Mac in Verona this month (25-28 September), one Italian company, Dudri, decided to make its debut just about as far up-market as it is...