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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...

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...
Harrison Goldman

The impressive former terminal building of Croydon airport is now a commercial centre just right for high flyers. This is the home of Harrison Goldman.

The consultancy practice of Harrison Goldman sees itself as the marzipan that sticks the icing to the cake – or in its case the stone to the building.The consultancy of Harrison Goldman has...

Portland limestone mining company Albion was the sole representative of British stone at Europe's major international stone exhibition of Marmo+Mac in Verona 25-28 September.

29 September 2019 | Events
The international world of stone once again met in Verona for this year's Marmo+Mac exhibition from 25 to 28 September.British machinery suppliers in Verona supporting the companies whose...
CYA winners

Winners of this year's national Cemetery of the Year Awards at the presentation ceremony this month.

29 September 2019 | Natural Stone Memorials
This year's Cemetery of the Year Award winners were announced at the Institute of Cemetery & Crematorium Management (ICCM) Learning Convention & Exhibition at the Chesford Grange Hotel,...
Welsh Slate

The Welsh Slate feature waterfall at the new €105million offices of Eurojust.

Natural slate walling and decorative aggregates from Welsh Slate are bringing a soothing calm to the new headquarters of an international crime agency.Welsh Slate’s Cwt-y-Bugail blue/grey...
Silica dust

This is a picture of a young man in a small British worktop fabrication factory cutting a piece of engineered quartz. It is not staged. He is not wearing a mask and although there is a water wall it is behind him as he sends RCS out into the workshop. Conditions like this are leading to silicosis among people employed in making worktops. It is becoming a growing concern around the world.

Engineered quartz presents possibly a greater danger of causing silicosis among people who breath in the dust from it as they cut and process it than sandstone, granite or slate.In a report this week...