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3 December 2019 | Stone Projects
With your support, CRASH can help deliver vital building projects for charities like Richard House Children’s Hospice, which offers specialist care to terminally ill babies and children.CRASH...
Exteria

LG Hausys introduce Hi-Macs Exteria for cladding accredited to the French QB certification and CSTB (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment) ATec Avis Technique for façade applications.

Hi-Macs solid surfaces company LG Hausys has expanded its products for exteriors with a new range called Exteria. Following the Grenfell Tower fire in London developers and planners have become...
DoG Award winners

Catherine Martin and Paul Synan at the Award presentation evening at Mercers' Hall in London last night (27 November).

28 November 2019 | Stone Awards / Competitions
Congratulations to Catherine Martin and Paul Synan, who have jointly been highly commended in this year's Duke of Gloucester Award, presented by His Royal Highness last night (27 November) in...
 
Dekton Slim

Dekton Slim in the popular Trilium design on the cabinet doors
. This is one of 10 new Dekton Slim designs. 

On the Houzz wesbite, Cosentino has posted '10 Kitchen Trends Sizzling Into 2020'*. It says "Be a step ahead in the style game with these game-changing kitchen trends from those in the...
West Ham finds The Only Way

Essex worktop company The Only Way is Granite is supporting West Ham at the London Stadium.

West Ham United has rock solid supporters in Essex worktop company The Only Way is Granite.The worktop company set up in Wickford, Essex, in 2015 by Nicholas Garwood and his uncle Gi Garwood has...
Extinction

Extinction Rebellion  protestors in London. Concerns about the environment are growing again.

Photo: Paul Slade www.planetslade.com

This could be the right time for stone companies to be emphasising the sustainable, low carbon benefits of building and decorating with natural stone.Those waiting in Piazza Bra for a bus to take...
NSF report

American company NSF International has flagged up the possible threat of food contaminants in untested quartz worktops.

While concern has been rising across the western world about the danger of silica dust when making quartz worktops, Americans have now added the spectacle of food contamination by the resins used in...
Silica

Concern over silica dust in Australia has led to action taken against 100 firms in New Zealand, reports news broadcaster.

More than 100 companies in New Zealand have had enforcement action taken against them for exposing employees to silica dust.The report comes from New Zealand broadcaster 1 News Now. It says the...
BAL offshore

BAL has moved its energy supply contract to offshore windfarm company Ørsted.

BAL, the Stoke-on-Trent-based manufacturer of tile adhesives, grouts, levellers and other ancillary tiling products, has signed an energy contract with Danish wind farmer Ørsted.Formed as DONG...
Incident

The overturned dumptruck following an incident in which the driver died.

Picture: HSE

A leading construction company has been fined £225,000 and ordered to pay £11,822.90 costs following an incident in which a worker was killed when a dumper truck overturned.Chelmsford...
Lime mortar mixer

Lime as mortar for use with stone construction is just a small part of the lime industry, as is clear from the British Lime Association's report.

The British Lime Association (BLA) has published its 2019 Sustainable Development Report, highlighting that the sector maintained its impressive sustainability performance as UK production continued...
DSWA calendar

The Dry Stone Walling Association calendar for 2020 can be bought from the organisation's website. 

16 November 2019 | Market Intelligence
The Dry Stone Walling Association has once again published a calendar for the coming year featuring dry stone walls from around the country. The calendars are £6.50 each. To buy a copy click...
Roberto

Roberto Colonetti gives some tips on using porcelain during his workshop at Planet Granite near Coventry. 

16 November 2019 | Market Intelligence
A small group of stone fabricators gathered at Steve Murphy's Planet Granite premises near Arley, just outside Coventry, this week for a three-day training course on using porcelain.Cutting large...
Dust

Most companies producing sandstone masonry in the UK understand the risk from silica dust and take appropriate precautions. The same is not always true in the worktop market, especially outside the factory environment when fixing.

Throughout October the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) once again targeted construction sites with an inspection initiative focussing in particular on measures in place to protect workers from...
Vibration

£600,000 fine for HAVS offences.

Another company where employees were not protected from vibration that led to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) has been prosecuted by HSE. It has been fined £600,000 and ordered to pay costs...

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