Marbles from Portugal

The "Estremoz marbles" were for decades the hallmark of Portuguese Dimension Stone. Mostly economic constraints associated with a lack of knowledge regarding the physical, chemical and mechanical properties of different rocks of prescribers, created a "fashion" that focuses primarily on the homogeneity of the material don´t having in account its longevity. We note that there was no depletion of raw material; in fact almost every varieties of marble have enough reserves to sustain a mining activity for several hundred of years.

Open Days at Thibaut

Thibaut will hold its "Open Days" at its headquarters in Vire, France, on the 13th and 14th of April 2012. The company will exhibit more than of its machines including three new products.

More British stone than ever

The Natural Stone Show in London next March will be as international as ever with exhibitors showing stone from around the world. But t here will also be a record number of British producers attending.

Stone(s) of the month - September

Our natural stone database contains pictures and information about more than 5,000 stones. Every month we present the most clicked materials. Following the top 15 for September.

Best Comminicator Award 2010

On wednesday, 29th of september, the jury of the fourth edition of the Best Communicator Award on Marmomacc Exhibition announced five award-winners. Those are ...

UK Natural Stone Show: Back to ExCeL

The UK Stone Show returns to ExCel, London. The 9th edition of the fair will take place from 15-17 March 2011.

Twelve new Marble Ambassadors

Twelve students from the Faculty of Architecture at King Saud University in Riyadh passed their final exam. They participated on a specialisation course in the use of marble and natural stone organised by King Saud University and Internazionale Marmi e Macchine.

Are there important developments in China?

China purchases raw materials world wide with import tax at zero. The door to finished materials is ajar, however with an import tax varying from 10% to 24% for finished products. Will this change? With the current developments in China, it looks positive. Naturstein visited Stonetech fair held in Shanghai 6th-9th April to explore the potential the fair offers foreign exhibitors and visitors.

New sales organisation

Denver has reorganized its sales organisation. There's now one division for stone and one for glass.

Beginning to see the light

This year;s PIEDRA exhibition, held from 5 - 8 May in Madrid, was a lot smaller than previous editions but still with plenty of interest on an international scale.

Stone(s) of the month - May

Our natural stone database contains pictures and information about more than 5,000 stones. Every month we present the most clicked materials. Following the top 15 for May.

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Stone(s) of the month - April

Every month we present the most clicked materials in our natural stone database. Following the top 15 for April.

Piedra - winners of architectural award announced

Coinciding with the staging of the spanish fair PIEDRA 2010, the winners of the International Architecture Award have been announced.

Stone(s) of the month - March

Every month we present the most viewed materials in our natural stone database. Following the top 15 for March.

Stone(s) of the month - February

Every month we present the most viewed materials in our natural stone database
with nearly 5.000 entries. Following the top 15 for February.

Machinery: Slump in 2009 - Rally in 2010

For the German construction equipment and building material machinery industry sales fell in 2009 nominally by 43 per cent to 9.5 billion euros. "2009 has been the most difficult year ever for our industry," says Dr Christof Kemmann, Chairman of the German Association for construction equipment and building material machinery (VDMA).

Stainless steel shot and grit

On Marmomacc 2009 the Vulkan Inox GmbH from Hattingen (Germany) and the Abrasive Technology Srl. from Novi Ligure (Italy) present stainless steel shot and grit in Hall 2, Stand F5.

From marble to Stone+tec

Over 2,000 exhibitors and over 50,000 visitors met at Marble 2009 held, this year, in the classical Turkish city of Izmir. Simply walking along the Kordon one feels the friendly and courteous welcome of the Turkish people. This friendliness is brilliantly mirrored in the atmosphere of the Culture park where the fair is held.

Granite ist safe

Granite countertops don’t pose any health risk. That is the result of a scientific study conducted by the environmental testing firm "Environmental Health & Engineering" (EH&E). Quantities of radon and radiation emitted by stones which were analysed all fell well below average background levels commonly found in the U.S.

Veronafiere: New president

Ettore Riello is the new President of VeronaFiere.

German engineering at the Stone+tec

The German machinery and plant manufacturers present their products at Stone+tec from 20-23 May in Nuremburg.

More export, less internal use

In 2008 internal use of natural stone in Germany went down. In the same time exports slichtly went up.

New old palace in Berlin

The Berlin City Palace is to be rebuilt according to plans by the Architect, Franco Stella. This was the unanimous decision of a jury of architects and politicians.