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Germany - One Construction Site
Profiting from the construction boom
Stone+tec 2013
Powerful market presence
ADI Gold Compass Award Collection
Marmomacc joins the “ADI Gold Compass Award Collection”
Stone+tec Nürnberg 2011
Spirit of optimism in Europe
LEED guidelines ready for marble and stone
Tool for company innovation and competitiveness
The use of reclaimed stone in building construction
Case study prepared by the University of Tennessee Center for Clean Products
Safety in the production process of raw materials
Europe is the leader of the environmental industry
Italian exports drop in quantity and value
Negative trend for exports of Italian marble and granite
PIEDRA 2010
Agreement between PIEDRA 2010 and EUROROC
Piedra´ 2010 Architecture Award
Awards Presentation Ceremony during the PIEDRA 2010

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For many years residential building in Germany was bobbing along at a low level. For the last two years, however, there has been an increase in people build­ing and renovating – particularly in the agglomerated areas. There is a lot to indicate that this boom will continue, given that the completion ­figures, building permits and restoration rates are still well below what would be required even to maintain the current inventory. <br>

September 17, 2012

Germany - One Construction Site

For many years residential building in Germany was bobbing along at a low level. For the last two years, however, there has been an increase in people build­ing and renovating – particularly in the agglomerated areas. There is a lot to indicate that this boom will continue, given that the completion ­figures, building permits and restoration rates are still well below what would be required even to maintain the current inventory.

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Stone+tec, the International Trade Fair Natural Stone and Stoneprocessing Technology in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 29 May to 1 June 2013, offers the stone industry excellent opportunities for repositioning in a changing environment. The 18th edition of the exhibition at the heart of Europe and the three countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland with their strong craft trades and economic power will again be the hub of natural stone trade.<br>

September 16, 2012

Stone+tec 2013

Stone+tec, the International Trade Fair Natural Stone and Stoneprocessing Technology in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 29 May to 1 June 2013, offers the stone industry excellent opportunities for repositioning in a changing environment. The 18th edition of the exhibition at the heart of Europe and the three countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland with their strong craft trades and economic power will again be the hub of natural stone trade.

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The world-leading event dedicated to the natural stone sector has for many years been a platform for cultural development through initiatives that have helped re-interpret the use of stone, thereby involving not only the world of architecture but also the world of design. President Riello: "Design as an innovative element for international competition".

July 14, 2011

ADI Gold Compass Award Collection

The world-leading event dedicated to the natural stone sector has for many years been a platform for cultural development through initiatives that have helped re-interpret the use of stone, thereby involving not only the world of architecture but also the world of design. President Riello: "Design as an innovative element for international competition".
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Stone+tec Nürnberg 2011, which takes place in the Nürnberg exhibition centre from 22–25 June, comes at a good time. Despite the weakness of some individual members, the economic signs for the majority of the EU countries and the neighbouring countries indicate growth again. In Germany alone, the forecast for 2010 has been corrected upwards in December for the second time.

January 20, 2011

Stone+tec Nürnberg 2011

Stone+tec Nürnberg 2011, which takes place in the Nürnberg exhibition centre from 22–25 June, comes at a good time. Despite the weakness of some individual members, the economic signs for the majority of the EU countries and the neighbouring countries indicate growth again. In Germany alone, the forecast for 2010 has been corrected upwards in December for the second time.
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Marmomacc and the University of Trento have prepared - the first in Italy, to the benefit of all companies in the sector - “Guidelines for the application of Leed credits to decorative stones and marbles”. The document clearly and practically explains to all operators the Leed credits which stone material, given its technical-structural characteristics, can contribute towards the attainment of a score in the certification of a building.

October 19, 2010

LEED guidelines ready for marble and stone

Marmomacc and the University of Trento have prepared - the first in Italy, to the benefit of all companies in the sector - “Guidelines for the application of Leed credits to decorative stones and marbles”. The document clearly and practically explains to all operators the Leed credits which stone material, given its technical-structural characteristics, can contribute towards the attainment of a score in the certification of a building.
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Building construction, demolition and renovation activity produces nearly 160 million tons of waste every year - almost one- third of the country’s non-hazardous solid waste. Coupling this with the quickly diminishing landfill space in the United States and rising landfill fees, planned building deconstruction, including material salvage and reuse, is now an increasingly considered strategy in both the architectural and construction communities.

September 20, 2010

The use of reclaimed stone in building construction

Building construction, demolition and renovation activity produces nearly 160 million tons of waste every year - almost one- third of the country’s non-hazardous solid waste. Coupling this with the quickly diminishing landfill space in the United States and rising landfill fees, planned building deconstruction, including material salvage and reuse, is now an increasingly considered strategy in both the architectural and construction communities.
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Gerd Merke: “If Europe is the leader of something in the world then it is the environmental industry. Nowhere in the world we find more safety in the production process of raw materials”

July 09, 2010

Safety in the production process of raw materials

Gerd Merke: “If Europe is the leader of something in the world then it is the environmental industry. Nowhere in the world we find more safety in the production process of raw materials”
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The statistics for the first nine months of 2009, processed by the Internazionale Marmi e Macchine Carrara, record decreases on all markets. The Tuscan area manages to hold strong thanks to exports of white marble.

May 18, 2010

Italian exports drop in quantity and value

The statistics for the first nine months of 2009, processed by the Internazionale Marmi e Macchine Carrara, record decreases on all markets. The Tuscan area manages to hold strong thanks to exports of white marble.
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PIEDRA 2010 and EUROROC, the European and International Federation of Natural Stone Industries, have signed a collaboration agreement in order to boost the promotion of the fair at an international level. EUROROC, which will take part at the fair with its own stand, has based this initiative on the important strategic role that PIEDRA plays due to its location, as well as on the leading status that Spain enjoys as one of the world´s main producers of natural stone.

February 09, 2010

PIEDRA 2010

PIEDRA 2010 and EUROROC, the European and International Federation of Natural Stone Industries, have signed a collaboration agreement in order to boost the promotion of the fair at an international level. EUROROC, which will take part at the fair with its own stand, has based this initiative on the important strategic role that PIEDRA plays due to its location, as well as on the leading status that Spain enjoys as one of the world´s main producers of natural stone.
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In view of the Award´s international character, both Spanish and foreign professionals can enter their projects, provided that they feature a significant use of Spanish natural stone. Furthermore, these projects must consist of works completed before Monday 29th March 2010, the deadline that has been established for receiving the corresponding documentation.

February 09, 2010

Piedra´ 2010 Architecture Award

In view of the Award´s international character, both Spanish and foreign professionals can enter their projects, provided that they feature a significant use of Spanish natural stone. Furthermore, these projects must consist of works completed before Monday 29th March 2010, the deadline that has been established for receiving the corresponding documentation.
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Hanley Wood Exhibitions announced today that StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas will co-locate with SURFACES beginning in January of 2011.  Both exhibitions will be held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, January 26 – 28, with conferences beginning on January 25.  <br>
Over the past several years, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas has experienced a steady increase in quality attendees and an expansion of exhibit offerings to include more natural stone as well as alternative surfaces.  The co-location of the show with SURFACES is a natural fit for both events.<br>

January 15, 2010

StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas Announces Co-Location With SURFACES

Hanley Wood Exhibitions announced today that StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas will co-locate with SURFACES beginning in January of 2011. Both exhibitions will be held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, January 26 – 28, with conferences beginning on January 25.
Over the past several years, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas has experienced a steady increase in quality attendees and an expansion of exhibit offerings to include more natural stone as well as alternative surfaces. The co-location of the show with SURFACES is a natural fit for both events.

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CarraraMarmotec 2010 is held at a very complicated time for the marble and technology industry on world, national and local levels. From January to September 2009, according to statistics processed by IMM Carrara, Italy exported two million 42 thousand tons of marble and granite, including raw materials and finished products to a value of one billion and 13 million Euros, thereby recording a -14,47% drop in quantity and a -21,27% drop in value compared to the same period of 2008. This is a very drastic reduction since the 2008 figures also take into consideration the months before the serious crisis that hit all markets (starting from the US real estate market that was the market of reference above all for the high quality bracket with a high added value for finished products in marble and granite).

December 30, 2009

CarraraMarmotec 2010

CarraraMarmotec 2010 is held at a very complicated time for the marble and technology industry on world, national and local levels. From January to September 2009, according to statistics processed by IMM Carrara, Italy exported two million 42 thousand tons of marble and granite, including raw materials and finished products to a value of one billion and 13 million Euros, thereby recording a -14,47% drop in quantity and a -21,27% drop in value compared to the same period of 2008. This is a very drastic reduction since the 2008 figures also take into consideration the months before the serious crisis that hit all markets (starting from the US real estate market that was the market of reference above all for the high quality bracket with a high added value for finished products in marble and granite).
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The date for Stone+tec Nürnberg 2011 has now been set: the 17th International Trade Fair Natural Stone and Stoneprocessing Technology will be held from Wednesday, 22 to Saturday, 25 June 2011 at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre.

September 03, 2009

Stone+tec Nuremberg 2011

The date for Stone+tec Nürnberg 2011 has now been set: the 17th International Trade Fair Natural Stone and Stoneprocessing Technology will be held from Wednesday, 22 to Saturday, 25 June 2011 at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre.
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The U.S. stone industry is not immune to the global economic downturn.  A spot survey of Marble Institute members suggests that nearly all of our member stone companies have experienced a dip in their business, which has forced most companies to tighten their belts.  In fact, nearly three out of four members surveyed told us they have delayed capital investments like new machinery purchases.  Many have also been forced to reduce staff.

August 27, 2009

A look at the U.S. stone industry

The U.S. stone industry is not immune to the global economic downturn. A spot survey of Marble Institute members suggests that nearly all of our member stone companies have experienced a dip in their business, which has forced most companies to tighten their belts. In fact, nearly three out of four members surveyed told us they have delayed capital investments like new machinery purchases. Many have also been forced to reduce staff.
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In the first four months of 2009 Italy exported 1 million 48 thousand tons of stone (raw materials, finished products and chips), for a value of 427 million 475 thousand euro, which corresponds to a 21,3%  reduction in quantity and a 23,6% reduction in value compared to the same period in 2008.<br>
These figures, published by the Internazionale Marmi e Macchine Carrara that carries out the collection, processing and analysis of production figures and trends on the natural stone markets on a regular basis, show that fears that 2009 would be a difficult, bleak year were founded.

August 04, 2009

Further decrease of Italian exports

In the first four months of 2009 Italy exported 1 million 48 thousand tons of stone (raw materials, finished products and chips), for a value of 427 million 475 thousand euro, which corresponds to a 21,3% reduction in quantity and a 23,6% reduction in value compared to the same period in 2008.
These figures, published by the Internazionale Marmi e Macchine Carrara that carries out the collection, processing and analysis of production figures and trends on the natural stone markets on a regular basis, show that fears that 2009 would be a difficult, bleak year were founded.
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The last few months have been difficult times for the techno-stone industry but 2008 data suggests that although the crisis is evident is has not hit us as hard as in other sectors.<br>
Flavio Marabelli, President of Confindustria Marmomacchine, the confederation of industry organisation representing 330 companies in the machinery and stone sector which last March signed an outline collaboration agreement with VeronaFiere, the organiser of Marmomacc, comments on the situation: "The world techno-stone industry is tackling the most complex moment in a crisis that first appeared in 2008, while 2009 is still revealing the hardships of this recession - although, in any case, our companies still rank among the `peaks of excellence` in Italian industry."The Italian value chain still boasts leadership all over the world and for now has only been scratched by the crisis: last year, machinery exports came to 826 million euro against 851 in 2007.

July 14, 2009

Machines and stone materials down

The last few months have been difficult times for the techno-stone industry but 2008 data suggests that although the crisis is evident is has not hit us as hard as in other sectors.
Flavio Marabelli, President of Confindustria Marmomacchine, the confederation of industry organisation representing 330 companies in the machinery and stone sector which last March signed an outline collaboration agreement with VeronaFiere, the organiser of Marmomacc, comments on the situation: "The world techno-stone industry is tackling the most complex moment in a crisis that first appeared in 2008, while 2009 is still revealing the hardships of this recession - although, in any case, our companies still rank among the `peaks of excellence` in Italian industry."The Italian value chain still boasts leadership all over the world and for now has only been scratched by the crisis: last year, machinery exports came to 826 million euro against 851 in 2007.
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The mood at Stone+tec Nürnberg 2009, the 16th International Trade Fair Natural Stone and Stoneprocessing Technology held in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 20-23 May, largely corresponded to the early summer weather outside the halls: cloudy, but mainly bright. Some 34,000 trade visitors used the four days of the exhibition to source information about the latest range of international products and services in the exhibition segments of natural stone, technology, and gravestones and accessories.

May 28, 2009

Stone+tec Nürnberg 2009

The mood at Stone+tec Nürnberg 2009, the 16th International Trade Fair Natural Stone and Stoneprocessing Technology held in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 20-23 May, largely corresponded to the early summer weather outside the halls: cloudy, but mainly bright. Some 34,000 trade visitors used the four days of the exhibition to source information about the latest range of international products and services in the exhibition segments of natural stone, technology, and gravestones and accessories.
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The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced on 4th of May that construction spending during March 2009 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $969.7 billion, 0.3 percent (±1.3%)* above the revised February estimate of $967.1 billion.

May 06, 2009

U.S Census Bureau News

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced on 4th of May that construction spending during March 2009 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $969.7 billion, 0.3 percent (±1.3%)* above the revised February estimate of $967.1 billion.
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The U.S. Census Bureau publishes facts and figures about the Residential Construction. Did you know that half of all single-family homes sold had at least one fireplace? Or that the average single-family house completed had 2,521 square feet, 801 more square feet than in 1977...

May 06, 2009

Facts and Figures

The U.S. Census Bureau publishes facts and figures about the Residential Construction. Did you know that half of all single-family homes sold had at least one fireplace? Or that the average single-family house completed had 2,521 square feet, 801 more square feet than in 1977...
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Found on every continent on Earth, global resources of dimension stone are virtually limitless.

May 06, 2009

Myths Dispelled

Found on every continent on Earth, global resources of dimension stone are virtually limitless.
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The Marble Institute of American has announced the conclusion of a recently conducted scientific study of thirteen of the most popular granites used for kitchen countertops in the United States during 2007. The study confirms that granite is a safe material for use in kitchens.

July 03, 2008

Marble Institute of America tests emission of Radon from granite countertops

The Marble Institute of American has announced the conclusion of a recently conducted scientific study of thirteen of the most popular granites used for kitchen countertops in the United States during 2007. The study confirms that granite is a safe material for use in kitchens.
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Granite and quartz have survived a rocky stretch a few years back to rise to the top of the heap in kitchen counter materials. The natural surfaces have grown more popular in household projects, being seen as artistic but practical. "Nature just does it right," says AnnaMae Lenkey, who is wrapping up a kitchen makeover with granite countertops in her Fox Chapel home. "I knew that was what I wanted as soon as I started looking at the granite."

July 03, 2008

Granite is now the surface of choice

Granite and quartz have survived a rocky stretch a few years back to rise to the top of the heap in kitchen counter materials. The natural surfaces have grown more popular in household projects, being seen as artistic but practical. "Nature just does it right," says AnnaMae Lenkey, who is wrapping up a kitchen makeover with granite countertops in her Fox Chapel home. "I knew that was what I wanted as soon as I started looking at the granite."
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According to recent data, buildings -- and not cars like many might think -- are the largest source of both energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in America as well as around the planet. The NSC believes that the use of Genuine Stone may have a positive effect on the overall health of our communities and the world by reducing the current environmental impacts of construction and building. The design of more energy-efficient buildings is a crucial step in addressing the dangers to our environment, and we firmly believe that eco-friendly design and construction will become the norm in the next decade.

June 30, 2008

Green building

According to recent data, buildings -- and not cars like many might think -- are the largest source of both energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in America as well as around the planet. The NSC believes that the use of Genuine Stone may have a positive effect on the overall health of our communities and the world by reducing the current environmental impacts of construction and building. The design of more energy-efficient buildings is a crucial step in addressing the dangers to our environment, and we firmly believe that eco-friendly design and construction will become the norm in the next decade.
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LCA is the only instrument of environmental management which enables quantification of all environmental impacts associated directly or indirectly to a product, allowing comparison with the performance of other products. The analysis makes it possible to organize and disseminate a database of products and services in the country, including dimension stone activity.

April 28, 2008

Life Cycle Analysis

LCA is the only instrument of environmental management which enables quantification of all environmental impacts associated directly or indirectly to a product, allowing comparison with the performance of other products. The analysis makes it possible to organize and disseminate a database of products and services in the country, including dimension stone activity.
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A granite quarry run by the Cold Spring Granite Company in Rockville, Minnesota, is among the subjects of a study to assess life-cycle impacts of building stone.

March 31, 2008

Stone Industry Gathering Life-Cycle Data

A granite quarry run by the Cold Spring Granite Company in Rockville, Minnesota, is among the subjects of a study to assess life-cycle impacts of building stone.
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The innovative design of the 400-bed resort hotel stands two levels higher than the rock face of the 100 metre deep quarry and includes underwater public areas and guestrooms. It will incorporate conference facilities for up to 1,000 people, a banqueting centre, restaurants, cafés and sports facilities. Sustainability is integral to the design ranging from using green roofing for the structures above the ground level to geothermal energy extraction."

January 22, 2008

Hotel in a chinese quarry

The innovative design of the 400-bed resort hotel stands two levels higher than the rock face of the 100 metre deep quarry and includes underwater public areas and guestrooms. It will incorporate conference facilities for up to 1,000 people, a banqueting centre, restaurants, cafés and sports facilities. Sustainability is integral to the design ranging from using green roofing for the structures above the ground level to geothermal energy extraction."
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It used to be that granite countertops graced only high-end kitchens. Increasingly though, the coarse-grained rock made mostly of quartz is providing surface support to homes of all income levels.

January 19, 2008

Countertops: Rock-solid and elegant

It used to be that granite countertops graced only high-end kitchens. Increasingly though, the coarse-grained rock made mostly of quartz is providing surface support to homes of all income levels.
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All amendments and improvements to the European Standards for certain products of natural stone have been obligatory since September 2006. Joachim Deppisch, author of the CE brochure “Natural stone products: The new standards”, explains what companies producing natural stone must know.

December 05, 2007

CE: Testing, monitoring and certification

All amendments and improvements to the European Standards for certain products of natural stone have been obligatory since September 2006. Joachim Deppisch, author of the CE brochure “Natural stone products: The new standards”, explains what companies producing natural stone must know.
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Many office buildings with visionary fully glazed architecture, which has dominated modern office building for the last 10 years, can barely contribute to the well-being of their users in the hot months of the year. This has been shown by a survey entitled “Glass architecture – Lessons of a large-scale experiment”, which was initiated by the Darmstadt Institute for Living and the Environment and carried out on 24 mostly prestigious office buildings with fully glazed facades.

November 11, 2007

Glass architecture – lessons of a large-scale experiment

Many office buildings with visionary fully glazed architecture, which has dominated modern office building for the last 10 years, can barely contribute to the well-being of their users in the hot months of the year. This has been shown by a survey entitled “Glass architecture – Lessons of a large-scale experiment”, which was initiated by the Darmstadt Institute for Living and the Environment and carried out on 24 mostly prestigious office buildings with fully glazed facades.
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The 2008 edition of Coverings (Orlando, April 29/May 2) also featured “Marmoteca Italia”, an institutional stand with an objective display (giving just the names of the materials and their regions of provenance) of around 600 samples of authentically natural Italian marbles, granites and stones.

July 03, 2008

“MARMOTECA ITALIA” resumes its U.S. roadshow

The 2008 edition of Coverings (Orlando, April 29/May 2) also featured “Marmoteca Italia”, an institutional stand with an objective display (giving just the names of the materials and their regions of provenance) of around 600 samples of authentically natural Italian marbles, granites and stones.
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Cosentino the Spanish family-owned manufacturer of Silestone quartz work surfaces announced its sponsorship of the Spanish former Formula 1 world champion racing car driver, Fernando Alonso. Silestone is the only quartz works surface to contain Microban anti-bacterial protection.

February 06, 2008

Silestone supports Fernando Alonso

Cosentino the Spanish family-owned manufacturer of Silestone quartz work surfaces announced its sponsorship of the Spanish former Formula 1 world champion racing car driver, Fernando Alonso. Silestone is the only quartz works surface to contain Microban anti-bacterial protection.
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Demand for residential kitchen and bathroom countertops is forecast to increase 1.3 percent annually to 540 million square feet in 2011. Demand growth will decelerate from the pace of the 2001 to 2006 period, primarily due to weakness in the new single unit home market.

January 19, 2008

Countertops in the U.S.

Demand for residential kitchen and bathroom countertops is forecast to increase 1.3 percent annually to 540 million square feet in 2011. Demand growth will decelerate from the pace of the 2001 to 2006 period, primarily due to weakness in the new single unit home market.
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