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Antolini Opens MilanoDuomo Stoneroom

Posted on 24 September 2021 by cradmin4

In early September Antolini opened the doors of the first Antolini Stoneroom. This new hub is focused on the universe of natural stone and the world in which architects, designers and visitors are invited to discover natural stone in all its versions and applications. The hub boasts a unique location between Piazza Fontana and Via San Clemente, a historic crossroads in the center of Milan, where eight display windows are featured.

Architectural elements, layouts and displays reflect Antolini’s use of sustainable industrial processes, research and development of avant-garde technologies, including many patents.

The new Antolini MilanoDuomo Stoneroom allows customers to touch and experience weaves and textures. According to the company the showroom provides customers with an opportunity to see more than 1,300 Antolini natural works among marbles, crystals, quartzites and precioustone wrapped in plays of light and shadow, reflections and colors which create a multisensory experience. It also offers the option of taking samples home in order to make the perfect choice from the multitude of natural materials available. Antolini MilanoDuomo presents professionals and clients with more than 5,000 samples in exclusive formats.

The store provides the possibility of direct experience, in actual size, of slabs taken from large blocks of natural stone. From the original material, just as it is found in nature, to the design choices that best respond to the needs of clients, interior designers and architects. The facility offers personalized services for clients with 360° consulting.

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Natural Stone Institute Announces New Natural Stone Countertop CEU Course

Posted on 21 September 2021 by cradmin4

The Natural Stone Institute has announced that a new CEU course entitled Natural Stone Countertops: Considerations for Kitchen and Bath Applications is credit-approved and ready for presentation. Natural Stone Countertops offers an overview of several natural stone choices, with a focus on setting consumer expectations for their performance. Knowledge of fabrication, installation and proper stone care will provide all parties involved with an educated experience when selecting materials. The course also offers examples of natural stone in current and unique designs to help audiences feel confident that they can choose a stone to fit both functionality and personality.

Natural Stone Countertops expands on the content of the popular Marble Use in the Kitchen course, which will be available through 2021 but will “sunset” at the end of the year. While Marble Use in the Kitchen has offered invaluable educational opportunities for audiences over the years, survey results concluded that CEU attendees desired more information about additional natural stone possibilities for countertops.

Natural Stone Countertops was developed by volunteer members of the CEU Education Committee and is now available to certified Natural Stone Institute CEU speakers for download and presentation through the CEU Events dashboard. On demand, live in person, and live webinar credit has been approved for AIA, IDCEC, LACES, and NKBA. Anyone interested in learning more about the course is invited to attend a live presentation of the course on Wednesday, October 6 at 11:00am ET.

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NeoCon 2021 Requires COVID-19 Vaccination/Negative COVID-19 Test for Show Participants

Posted on 20 September 2021 by cradmin4

NeoCon 2021 is scheduled to take place October 4-6, 2021 at theMART in Chicago, Ill. This year’s NeoCon will center around the timely theme of “Design Anew” and provide the much anticipated opportunity for the commercial design community to gather together once again. The show will offer new product launches from 500 leading and emerging brands, as well as world class programming from industry leaders, and dynamic events and installations.

NeoCon 2021 has announced the decision to require proof of vaccinations or a negative COVID-19 test for all NeoCon 2021 participants in an effort to maintain a safe and healthy environment for attendees, exhibitors and staff.

All participants of the 2021 show in Chicago must provide proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event. Additionally, a COVID pre-screening must be completed in order to receive a NeoCon 2021 badge and access to NeoCon floors. theMART has partnered with Health Pass by CLEAR to facilitate COVID screenings.

Those that have registered and completed their COVID screening via Health Pass by CLEAR by September 7 will receive their NeoCon badges by mail. Registrants with COVID screening credentials following this date will need to pick up their badges onsite on the first floor of theMART.

For more information, visit NeoCon’s COVID Screening Page. Additional safety measures and protocols are also in place to address any necessary city, state, or CDC guidelines, including a mask mandate for public indoor settings in Chicago.

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Princeton Chemical Holds Join.It Adhesive At Current Rates

Posted on 16 September 2021 by cradmin

While several adhesive suppliers announced multiple price increases over the course of the year, some totaling in excess of 11 percent, Princeton Chemical has refused to raise prices on its Join.It Surfacing Adhesive. Raw material costs have increased, but Princeton Chemical’s unique online ordering system and determination to maintain product in stock and ready to ship within 24 hours, allows the company to avoid passing on costs to users of Join.It Surfacing Adhesives.

“Now is not the time to increase pricing on fabricators, many of whom just came out of crisis mode because of the pandemic,” said Sales and Marketing Manager Kevin Cole. “Our easy-to-use online ordering system at www.PrincetonChemCo.com allows us to keep pricing extremely competitive. Additionally, we have a full inventory that generally ships in less than 24 hours and often with no shipping costs. Signing up on for an account on our website literally takes seconds, and full orders can be made easily in minutes. This streamlined process allows us to avoid increased customer costs, which is especially critical at this time in the industry’s recovery.”

According to the company Join.It is a methacrylate-based adhesive that produces strong, durable bonds for solid surfaces, quartz, granite and other natural stones, ceramic and sintered materials, and a wide range of other surfaces. Princeton Chemical manufactures Join.It in the United States for professional use in seaming countertops, backsplashes, wall panels, integral sinks and bowls, and other on-trend designs to satisfy today’s discriminating consumers.

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Continental Cut Stone Certifies to Natural Stone Sustainability Standard

Posted on 13 September 2021 by cradmin4

Continental Cut Stone in Florence, Texas has earned certification to the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard. The company has achieved Gold status for their quarry, which extracts Cordova Cream limestone, Cordova Shell limestone, and Silver status for their fabrication facility.

Rob Teel, President of Continental Cut Stone commented, “It has been a goal of mine to get our companies certified for a number of years. I have been involved with the Natural Stone Council since its inception and believe that stone has a great story to tell. We are proud of our staff, especially Kristin Cannon, for working through the process with the help of Tom Cleveland. Our hope is that others will continue to follow suit and get certified.”

The Natural Stone Sustainability Standard was first published in 2014 by the Natural Stone Council. Ownership of the standard transferred to the Natural Stone Institute in early 2021, marking a significant opportunity to raise awareness about the standard within the design community and helping to position natural stone as a solution for green building goals.

Quarriers and natural stone fabricators can look to this multi-attribute industry standard to identify ways to improve their sustainability efforts. By defining best practices for land reclamation, adaptive reuse, and management of excess materials and waste, the standard ensures that natural stone companies are being good stewards of the land.

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Call for Entries: Tile of Spain Awards 2021

Posted on 25 August 2021 by cradmin4

The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER) announced the call for entries for the 20th annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture, Interior Design and Final Degree Project. Sponsored by Endesa, the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), and Port Valencia, the Tile of Spain Awards promote the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture and interior design projects worldwide.

For the 2021 awards, the jury will be chaired by architect Carlos Ferrater, who also led the jury during the first edition of the awards in 2001. Carlos Ferrater boasts a long history backed by numerous awards and distinctions, is a founding partner of the Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB) and is a Professor of Architectural Projects at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

A prize fund of €35,000 ($41,220.11) will be shared between three categories at the awards. The two main categories, Architecture and Interior Design, each have cash prizes of €15,000 ($17,665.76). The Final Degree Project award has a cash prize of €5,000 ($5,888,58). The panel of judges is also entitled to give two special mentions in each category.

Entries from Spain and abroad are being accepted now through October 28th, 2021. Visit www.tileofspainawards.com to enter the contest or learn more about the Tile of Spain Awards.

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National Building Granite Quarries Association Merges with the Natural Stone Institute

Posted on 23 August 2021 by cradmin4

The National Building Granite Quarries Association (NBGQA) has voted to merge with the Natural Stone Institute (NSI) to further advance industry efforts to support quarry advocacy, sustainability, outreach to architects and designers and continued efforts to promote the use of natural stone.

The NBGQA was founded more than a century ago with approximately 12 original member granite companies. Today the membership is comprised of five companies: Coldspring, Dakota Granite, New England Stone, North Carolina Granite and Polycor. All are existing Natural Stone Institute members.

Through this merger, the NSI will acquire ownership of the NBGQA granite specification, as well as resources to further advance quarry safety initiatives, sustainability, natural stone promotion and advocacy. NBGQA financial assets will be earmarked to assist with several initiatives being directed by the newly formed North American Quarry Advocacy Group, which is the first of several industry advocacy groups being formed by the Natural Stone Institute. The NBGQA will remain incorporated for two years as the transition takes shape and work begins on key initiatives through the North American Quarry Advocacy Group.

Natural Stone Institute board president Michael Picco (PICCO Engineering) commented, “We are excited to see this merger occur as it will strengthen the industry’s ability to further advance several key industry initiatives. We’ve been working alongside the NBGQA and its members for several years which makes this merger a natural transition. The quarrying sector will benefit from the initiatives underway.”

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AWFS Announces 2021 Visionary Award Winners

Posted on 18 August 2021 by cradmin4

The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS®) announced the winning companies that have been awarded a Visionary New Product Award for product innovation and leadership in the woodworking industry.

Selected from 24 finalists, the 2021 award-winning companies and products are as follows:

Components
• Felder Group USA

Machinery Over $50,000
• LestaUSA

Machinery Under $50,000
• Felder Group USA

Materials
• Roseburg Forest Products

Software
• Nordfab Ducting

Power Tools
• Apollo Sprayers International

Tooling
• The Pinske Edge

General Category
• SAMES KREMLIN
• Nothtech Machine LLC

The Visionary Awards promote the development of innovation in woodworking machinery, supplies, services for the furniture, kitchen cabinets, architectural woodwork, store fixture, upholstery, specialty and general wood product industries. They are evaluated on innovation, quality, production, practicality, and how user-friendly they are.

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IWF 2022 Education Conference Calls for Proposals

Posted on 16 August 2021 by cradmin4

IWF is inviting proposals for presentations at the 2022 IWF Education Conference, which will be staged in conjunction with the International Woodworking Fair, running August 23-26, 2022 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The mission of the IWF Education Conference is to provide woodworking industry professionals with learning and development opportunities relevant to business operation and management.

Presenters should select topics based on their area of expertise, and should offer practical applications that attendees can utilize in their businesses. Topics should be relevant in 2022 with the potential for future growth that will address attendees’ needs after the 2022 show. Those interested in delivering a presentation at the IWF 2022 Education Conference should submit a proposal of the topic(s) no later than November 5, 2021.

For the first time, IWF will host a series of sessions presented by contracted exhibitors of IWF 2022 within a brand-new Exhibitor EDU track. This new program will allow our exhibitors to present an education-based session on the benefits and uses of their products/services in a classroom setting off the show floor. This opportunity is open only to contracted IWF 2022 exhibitors.

IWF 2022 is on track to top 1,000 exhibiting companies and will reflect the true scope and scale of the global woodworking industry, featuring virtually all major manufacturers, emerging brands, and new-to-market producers and service providers. The large showcase will feature products and services in more than 540 categories.

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ASI Industries Announces Sale of Engineered Stone Division

Posted on 13 August 2021 by cradmin

ASI Industries Limited, an Indian stone mining and quarrying company, announced its intention to sell its engineered stone business to Marudhar Rocks International. The parties have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for defining the main terms agreed upon, which will be used as the basis of a definitive agreement.

The deal has been approved by ASI Industries’ board of directors and is expected to close by March 2022. However, it is still subject to shareholders’ and lenders’ approvals and other statutory and contractual approvals.

As per the MoU, Marudhar Rocks International will also take on the debt of ASI Industries’ engineered stone business. The Tamil Nadu-based granite supplier will also take in all current employees of the business.

ASI Industries said that it will continue with its business of Kotah and other natural stone businesses. Deepak Jatia, CMD of ASI Industries commented, “The transaction was a bittersweet one for ASI as a company. While we were fully focused on developing the Engineered Stone Division as the next segment of growth, the conclusive benefits from the transaction were reason enough to enter into an agreement with Marudhar Rocks. The transaction helps us pare down our debts and become a zero-debt company in the near future. Going forward, we are committed to building on our Kotah stone business, and should there be an opportunity to move into some adjacencies, we will keep the investors informed.”

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