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The latest product from Technistone quartz, made in the Czech Republic and sold in the UK by B-Stone, is a new finish called Slate Surface.
17 September 2009 | Market Intelligence
Quartz composites have given stone fabricators a much larger share of the interiors market than granite alone could have delivered. But is it now in danger of becoming a commodity? Some want to...
China extracts 28million tonnes of dimensional stone a year and exports two-thirds of it for US$3.6billion.

China extracts 28million tonnes of dimensional stone a year and exports two-thirds of it for US$3.6billion.

17 September 2009 | Market Intelligence
The rapid growth of Chinese exports have had a profound effect on the UK stone industry, making stone an economically viable option where once it would not have been considered. NSS reviews the...
Barry J Ashmore Dip Law Dip Arb FCIArb MCMi of Ashmore Consulting, specialises in resolving disputes for specialist sub-contractors.
16 September 2009 | Market Intelligence
Unfortunately for specialist sub-contractors, in the current economic climate the risk of not getting your retentions is even higher than in the good times.Specialist sub-contractors often complain...
 
16 September 2009 | Market Intelligence
Feeling guilty about taking cash for a job – or maybe several – that you didn’t declare to HM Revenue & Customs? In the coming months you will be able to come clean as the tax...
14 August 2009 | Market Intelligence
With sterling still relatively weak it is a good time to be selling British stone abroad, as Kirkstone Quarries near Ambleside in Cumbria have discovered.Following a successful bid through a London-...
StoneLite panels in St Hubert limestone at the £1.7billion White City Shopping centre development in London.
19 July 2009 | Market Intelligence
The system of off-site manufacture of lightweight stone panels that has been around longer than most is Stone Panels from America, the stone veneer on aluminium honeycombe panel that became StoneLite...
Worktops in Beige Olympio leathered Silestone from Cosentina, worked and installed by Russell Stone Fixing for Armstrong Jordan.
19 July 2009 | Market Intelligence
Tin hat time Life isn’t easy for kitchen worktop manufacturers. It’s what Danny Curbishley at Russell Stone Fixing calls ‘tin hat time’ to survive the recession and emerge...
The Generix System from Realstone.
19 July 2009 | Market Intelligence
Realstone have set up a separate Facade Division with a production line at their Wingerworth works devoted to the stone used in their Generix rainscreen cladding system. The new division has its own...
The PanAsh system from Stancliffe.
19 July 2009 | Market Intelligence
PanAsh curtain walling from Stancliffe is a layered system comprising an outer skin of natural stone, a ventilated gap and a waterproof backing wall.Introduced in 2007, it has panel sizes ranging...
Off-site manufacturing is offering lighter stone solutions in finished components.
19 July 2009 | Market Intelligence
Everyone likes the aesthetics of stone but developers are looking for easy ways of using it that don’t compromise the critical path of the project. NSS looks at some of the ways the industry is...
Revitalising a building using Kirk Natural Stone's facade.
19 July 2009 | Market Intelligence
Dr Martin Kirk, Director of Kirk Natural Stone Developments in Turriff, Aberdeenshire, admits that ‘20mm Facing System’ is not the best brand name ever devised, but it goes some way to...
There are 88 post-tensioned Cadeby limestone columns in Southampton Row manufactured at the quarry.
19 July 2009 | Market Intelligence
Slimming down and speeding up  Architect Barry Kendell from Sheppard Robson was keen to use stone on the new build element of the redevelopment of No1 Southampton Row in London but also wanted...
Flex are now supplying British distributors directly.
19 July 2009 | Market Intelligence
The German manufacturers of Flex machines have changed their distribution philosophy and are now supplying UK distributors directly.Flex will now be bought directly by National Masonry, who have sold...
The Derby Quad that uses Domus Facades as part of its fusion of modern and traditional finishes.
19 July 2009 | Market Intelligence
Natural stone is going through a boost in fortune. It is the new paintbrush, with advances in cutting and finishing technologies creating amazing new opportunities for architects to clad their...
Black Mountain's Stonepanel
19 July 2009 | Market Intelligence
Stonepanel is a new product from Black Mountain Quarries, who have their own quarries in Herefordshire as well as selling imported stone. Stonepanel uses natural stone prefabricated into a ‘Z...

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