The stone business continues to thrive in Verona
The historic stoneworking region of Verona, Italy, once again served as a forum for members of the stone industry as well as architects and designers to gather for Marmomacc 2002. The exhibition, which was held from October 3 to 6, provided a forum for attendees and exhibitors to establish contacts, launch innovative products and promote stoneworking machinery.
According to statistics presented by Veronafiere, the show's organizers, this year's event attracted 1,300 exhibiting companies - 900 Italian and 400 international - hailing from 53 different countries. Additionally, 21 national delegations were represented, including such countries as Australia, Cuba, Jordan and Pakistan, which made its first official appearance at this year's exhibition. Among the other delegations were Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Hungary, India, Japan, Singapore, the U.S. and Uruguay.
Figures show a steady growth for Marmomacc over the past 10 years. In 1992, there was a total of 621 exhibitors, of which 465 were Italian and the other 156 came from 32 different countries. The net exhibition space was 25,259 square meters in that year, whereas the area was more than twice that in 2002 - measuring 60,000 square meters.
The spacious exhibition halls allowed for elaborate booths, showcasing the latest trends in stone design. Many exhibitors used this opportunity to introduce the newest colors and finishes to their stone collections, which were available in tiles, slabs, blocks and cut to size. An assortment of mosaic borders and medallions as well as stone furnishings were also on display, illustrating new innovative applications for decorative pieces.
But stone suppliers weren't the only ones promoting their products. Marmomacc was also filled with large-scale fabricating and quarrying equipment, stoneworking tools and accessories, and installation and maintenance products. Many manufacturers introduced new machinery, while others used the time to promote already successful products. Live demonstrations were also not an uncommon site when walking the exhibition halls.
"Marble, Art, Culture"
In addition to the exhibit halls, another important part of Marmomacc 2002 was the "Marble, Art, Culture" program, which included an exhibit, seminars and group discussions. The program was designed to help those attending have a better understanding of different design trends and application possibilities for natural stone.
One session, "Stone in New Italian Architecture," focused on the last five years of progress in using stone for modern architecture. It featured a range of projects, including public and private buildings, urban areas, squares and streets, which were presented in the form of drawings, photographs, models and videos. The designs were the works of Italian architects such as Tobia and Afra Scarpa, Leonelli Struzzi, Augusto Romano Burelli, Francesco Venezia, Renzo Piano, Aldo Rossi, Umberto Riva and Mauro Galantino.
As in years past, the program also included lectures by well-known international architects. This year's lineup included English architect David Chipperfield as well as Michael Graves and Alan Ritchie from the U.S.
Chipperfield spoke about the major museum works he has designed and built. Among those mentioned were the Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany; the Citadel of Culture in the former Ansaldo factory in Milan, Italy; and the reuse of the former Austrian Military Arsenal in Verona.
Graves and Ritchie discussed their approaches to stone architecture among a filled auditorium. The two architects focused on contemporary architecture in the U.S., and in particular, how it relates to their own work. Each architect gave a slide presentation of his projects, along with explaining the reasoning behind the designs.
Also included in the "Marble, Art, Culture" program was the "Fire and Water" exhibit, which was dedicated to the use of stone in kitchens and bathrooms. There has steadily been an increased interest in these areas of design, and this exhibit reflected some of the cutting edge trends. The exhibition was the work of Marmomacc in collaboration with Abitare il Tempo. Architects, designers and artists of international status, such as Giulio Cappellini, Aldo Cibic and Elvilino Zangrandi, as well as companies that work with stone materials, home furnishings and accessories for bathrooms and kitchens, such as Flaminia, EffetiCucine and Stone Italiana, were also involved with developing the showcase.
Awards programMarmomacc also provided the forum for the "Masters of Stone 2002 Awards," which are presented to entrepreneurs of the natural stone sector, sculptors, manufacturers of machines and tools, national and international trade operators, technicians and journalists whose commitment has helped valorize and promote the Italian stone industry.
This year's recipients were U.S. architect Michael Graves; Antonio M. Esteves Henriques, a Portuguese trade journalist; Claudio Testi, an entrepreneur in the marble sector; Michel Foret, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Walloons who has made an important contribution to promotional activity in the natural stone sector in Walloons throughout Italy as well as other European countries; Antonio Forti, president of Assomarmi; and Giovanni Mantovani, Director General of VeronaFiere.
Moreover, a commemorative award was made in the honor of the late Alberto Giacomini, who had been nominated for the award in 2001. A few days prior to the awards ceremony, Giacomini informed the secretary of the event that he would be unable to attend for health reasons. Unfortunately, he passed away not too long afterwards. Those at this year's awards ceremony also remembered the late Luigi Antolini, who was the First Master of Stone.
AIA continuing education course in VeronaU.S. architects were once again offered the opportunity to gain a wider understanding of the production and use of stone in an intensive four-day program co-sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission and Stone World. This continuing education course, "The Use of Marble and Stone Materials in Modern Architecture," was held from October 2 to 5 during Marmomacc 2002. Additionally, the International Marble Institute was responsible for the educational seminars, which provided up to 28.5 learning units for AIA architects.
During the four days, the 15 architects who took part in the program studied significant architectural stone structures in Verona and Vicenza. The architects also took an excursion to a marble quarry and granite factory as well as field trips to Palladian villas, stone workshops and visits to the Marmomacc exhibition itself.
Veronafiere, an American Institute of Architects continuing education provider, accepts 15 American architects to participate in the program each year. Architects must compete for scholarships, which cover meals, hotel accommodations and local transportation as well as most of the tuition. A $250 fee is required of each selected architect, who is also responsible for transportation to and from Verona.
The course will be offered by Veronafiere again next year during Marmomacc, which will be held from October 2 to 5, 2003.
SidebarAs part of the extensive architectural program at Marmomacc 2002, the organizers honored the winner of a student design competition in Hungary. The winning project - a very touching garden space for the blind - was submitted by R? Kapovits, a student at the Technical University of Budapest, Faculty of Architecture.
The competition was organized in conjunction with the local stone association in Hungary, and the aim of the event was to encourage students to visualize future projects using stone in innovative applications. As the winner of the competition, which was judged by the university faculty, Kapovits received a trip to the Marmomacc exhibition in Verona, Italy, where she could further expand her knowledge by attending the broad range of seminars on stone architecture.
The garden space conceived by Kapovits will be located adjacent to the Roman Catholic Private Home for the Blind, which is on a slightly sloped, 6,500-square-meter site within Budapest. The lot contains several buildings, storehouses and a playground, and the planned "Garden for the Blind and Visually Impaired" will be in the vicinity of the "Petofi House," which, being unoccupied property, is suitable for the future development of deaf/blind apartments or handcraft rooms.
"Very often, architecture emphasizes the visual, but the blind cannot have this visual experience," Kapovits explained. As a result, she sought to create an environment that would covey the architecture through space and materials. As part of her research, Kapovits interviewed a range of blind people and found that touch and acoustics were some of the most important aspects to be considered. Moreover, she felt that the versatility of stone would allow it to be used extensively in the design, as it was suited to create different surfaces, such as paving, signs, benches and other elements.
In a very practical application, stone was specified for walls of varying heights, which will help users know exactly where they are within the space. Wall heights facing the nearby house facade will be 1.1 meters, while walls to the sides will be 1.3 meters high. Those walls facing the central avenue and the clock tower will be 2.1 meters high with passes and breaks, and retailing walls along the central avenue will be 0.9 meters high. There will also be a 3-meter-high stone wall to the right of the house entrance.
The garden will be approachable from four sides and Kapovits designed the site with strict geometry, based on her research that 90-degree angles can be helpful in orienting those without sight. Each of the entrances will feature a 30- x 30-cm, three-dimensional stone "map" that is carved to present an orientation of the area. This will allow visitors to enjoy the space independently - even those visiting the garden for the first time.
The area is divided by two crossing 2.5-meter-wide paths, creating four quarters, each of which has special properties and functions. "Natural stone is an excellent medium for this application," Kapovits said. "By optimizing the uniquely sophisticated tactile senses of blind people, the use of various types and finishes would go beyond aesthetics and step into the realm of the functional as an aid in direction finding." She added that other sensual exposures, such as scents (flora) and sounds (a central clock tower and acoustic effects of walls of varying heights) play a distinct role in achieving this objective.
In addition to paving, walls and orientation maps, other uses of stone within the garden include a central water pool, which will be 20 cm deep; 6- to 8-person stone benches with stone tables on the sides; and drinking fountains. Hungarian lime-stone is expected to be used for the construction of the project, and it will be fabricated with smooth as well as rough-faced finishes. These materials will be donated by the local stone association in Hungary.
The garden at the Roman Catholic Private Home for the Blind will be dedicated to the approximately 50 resident children, deaf/blind adults and their caretakers, but Kapovits pointed out that its doors are open to over 100,000 visually challenged people throughout Hungary.
Construction will begin in spring of 2003, and it is expected that the work will be assisted by members of the blind community.
Touring the exhibition halls of Marmomacc 2002: Stone SuppliersAlony Marble Ltd. - Jerusalem Gold marble, which is suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications
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Andrade S/A - the Brazil-based stone producer announced the expansion of Andrade Italiana, located in Verona, Italy; the new location increases participation in the world market, with a focus on the U.S.
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Antolini Luigi - hosted a full-scale stone "fashion show" in which models displayed stones from the company's Stone Gallery
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AustralAsian Granite Pty. Ltd. - Austral Juparana granite, which is quarried in Australia
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BMS - the Venezian line of granite slabs, which featured a surface finish that appears to be naturally aged
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B.P.L. Bindi Paolo e Leone - natural soapstone produced in Italy, available in slabs with or without veining
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Bermarmol - Verde Coral marble - a warm blend of blue/green and beige - with an antique finish; Coral marble, a blend of shades of beige. Both stones come from the same quarry in the South of Spain
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Brachot Hermant - calibrated slabs with a thickness of 1 cm
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Brasil Quarries - Giallo Napoleone granite, which features a golden tone with flecks of yellow and black; the stone is available in blocks from the company's own exclusive quarries
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Caesar Stone - offered more than 50 colors within four product groups - with each color offering tremendous granular texture and depth clarity. Available in slabs sizes ideal for kitchen countertops and vanity tops.
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Cosentino - the Tropical Forest color line of Silestone, which was specifically developed for the preferences of the U.S. market; the product is made using a pure transparent quartz, which adds depth
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Dimpomar - marble and limestone from Portugal, including Rosa Aurora, Rosal, Moca CrÂ¿me, Moleanos, Gascogne, Blue Valley, Brecha Tavira and Amarelo Negrais
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Edilgraniti - Austral Black, an exclusive granite from Australia with a deep black color
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Esteve & MaEez - a new finish for its stone materials - Stonite - which includes tiles with a grid pattern on the surface that can be used for paving or vertical applications
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Furrer - among the display of marble and granite offered was a collection of Carrara marble from the company's own quarries in Italy. Included in this display were Bianco Carrara Campanili and Statuario Calocara.
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Gem Granites - Juparana Eternity granite, which has a deep rust color with strong movement; Himalaya Green granite, which has shades of black and green
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Granitas - announced the opening of a quarry and fabrication plant in Turkey for travertine
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Granitex - Lapland Green from Norway, which has a light green tone and flowing movement on the surface
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Grein Italia - slabs that are calibrated with a tolerance of 1/80 inch; also opened the Grein Italia showroom, a new concept designed to make the buyer as comfortable as possible, with music, seating and ample lighting throughout the space
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Grupo Graninter - Rosa Porrino from the company's own quarries, available in slabs
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Guinet-Derriaz - a selection of limestone and marble varieties from France
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IGM of Italy - Giallo Provenza marble from Italy, which has a rich golden tone
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International Italmarmi - Travertina Hambra, a brownish/red marble with white veining, and Blue Sky marble, comprised of varying shades of blue with white veining
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Jerusalem Gardens - the Desert line of products, including large-sized modules and random pieces in hand-chiseled and sandblasted finishes; the stone is available in beige shades as well as a light gray variety
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Kocak - introduced Latmos travertine from its new quarry in Turkey. Also offered an assortment of stone products, including mosaic borders and medallions
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Levantina De Granitos - showcased a variety of granite, including Silky Yellow (a blend of gold hues), Ebb Tide (a golden field with black flecks and lots of movement) and Bora Bora (a mix of light and dark shades of brownish red); the company is also offering a line of antique finishes which it has named the "Vetusta" line
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Levantina Natural Stone - offered Mistral Beige marble, which the company supplied for the Madrid Airport in Spain, as well as Crema Marfil marble
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M+Q Granit - Blue Butterfly granite, which has deep, varying shades of dark blue
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MAP - black slate from Brazil with a brushed antique finish on the surface as well as on the edges of the stone for a truly weathered appearance
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Marmi La Precisa - a selection of numerous marbles and granites such as Yellow DreamR (a blend of gold and beige); various Carrara marble, including Statuario and Statuarietto; and Giallo Antico granite (consisting of speckles of gold, brown and peach)
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Mazzucchelli Marmi - a range of marble slabs, including stones from Italy as well as U.S. marbles such as Vermont Danby and Vermont Verde
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Micapel/Green Slate Mining - Diamond Gray slate from Brazil, which features a consistent color tone and durability for high-traffic applications
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Michelangelo - showcased a variety of stone products, including Andromeda granite which comes from the company's own quarry in the South of Brazil. The material, which is a blend of green and gray with large flecks, is unique from the Tunis and Seafoam Green area of the quarry. Also introduced Jurassic Green granite, which features a field of multi shades of green accented by lots of speckles.
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Midwest Granite & Marble - Oceanic Jade marble from the company's own quarries in India
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Pavlidis - displayed a wide selection of granite and marble, including Blue Pearl granite - comprised of a blend of blue/gray and black; also offered varying shades of white marble from Greece
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Pokarna Granites - a new Indian granite with tones of dark green, deep blue and red
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Rocamat - a full range of French limestone, including highly decorative cubic pieces for exterior facades
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Sao Sebastiao Mining - Blue Bahia and Juparana granite from Brazil
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Silkar Mining - decorative mosaics in natural stone, available in a broad range of styles and colors, including pure white and blue varieties
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Stone Suppliers LLC - a unique product which incorporates pebbles of traditional stones such as Carrara White marble in a clear polyurethane binder; the product is 97% silica
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Tekmar - Anticato, a brushed finished for the surface of the company's tile products; Tekmar Dove, a light gray marble that fits well with current design trends; Rapsody, a marble with shades of white and light gray
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Tureks - a variety of antiqued and tumbled stone available in many colors and sizes, including Patika travertine either filled or unfilled with a chiseled finish. Also displayed collections of mosaics and borders in an assortment of patterns.
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Quantum - introduced Florentine sandstone, including Pietra Serena and Colombino. Also offered a variety of Jerusalem limestone such as Halila, Peral and Jerusalem Gold. Material is available in slabs, tiles and cut-to-size pieces as well as different finishes
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RED Graniti - announced the opening of a new stockyard for storage of stone blocks in Verona, Italy
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AMS - offered a variety of second-hand machinery for processing natural stone
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Breton - the Ortobreton 4EM four-column blockcutter for processing marble blocks into strips
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Burkhardt GmbH - a 5-axis CNC universal machining center called the Model 595, which has intelligent software and a universal tool slide that allows for the working and finishing of table, kitchen, bathroom tops and monuments
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Cam Tech Industries - the Laser Master laser etching machine, which automatically etches detailed images on the surface of a stone product
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Cemar - SG 725 bridge saw for marble and granite. Features a manually revolving working table with pneumatic bolt for locking on stud bolts at 0 and 90 degrees
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CMG s.r.l. - the Taurus 100 universal edge polishing machine for bullnosing inclined and flat profiles in marble and granite
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CMS/Brembana - the new Speed TR, a CNC machining center with 4 interpolated axes and a rotating table; the system is suited for working pieces as large as 3,600 mm in a pendular mode
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Dellas - diamond tools for cutting and fabricating marble, granite and other stone as well as ceramic
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Diamant Boart - a new high-speed wire, which increases the sawing speed and provides marble producers with reductions in energy and water consumption as well as operator costs. Also introduced a safety wire that reduces the danger linked to the breakage of cables fitted with springs. The wire is injected with rubber and reinforced with special springs
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Diamant-D - promoted a new series of Lampo Titanium blades; also introduced continuous crown routers
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Dongsin - displayed a selection of fabricating accessories, including diamond cutting and grinding tools such as the Turbo Rounder and Single Row Cup; also showcased a line of diamond profiling tools such as the Usan Shaper, Usan Smoother and Longnose Demi Shaper
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Dr. Fritsch - the DSP 515 sintering unit, which has a stronger capacity and automatic loading and unloading, which allows for less manual labor
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Fantini - Serie 50.81 chainsaw for vertical and horizontal cuts up to 2.5 meters deep and has an arm rotation of 180 degrees; 70.RA/P chainsaw with capacity to execute horizontal and vertical cuts up to 4 meters deep and has an arm rotation of 360 degrees
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GMM - the Tria 39 bridge saw, which features contouring abilities and a cast iron bridge, head and table
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Ghines srl - the Idrodos dust control unit, which features a 10-hp motor and two independent 10-foot suction arms that can be positioned according to the need of the fabricator
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GirlandaR Antonio e Angelo srl - a wide selection of supplies for fabricating stone, including containers, A-Frames, dumping containers and slab trolleys
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Italdiamant - a variety of stone processing tools, including diamond saw blades for multiblade block cutter, giant saw blades up to 3500 mm or 11 feet, 6 inches, circular saw blades for granite and profile wheels for all types of stone and dimensions
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Korfmann Cut Machinery srl - the ST 550 VH chainsaw for stone quarrying, which can cut 6 lineal meters per hour with a depth of 3 meters; an advanced chain design and improved hydraulics have been implemented for higher cutting speeds
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Levi Tunisi - a horizontal marble splitting machine, which divides strips and tiles in two parts (not necessarily of equal thickness)
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Marmo Meccanica - the HTO-1B bridge saw, which features a working area of 3,500 x 3,500 mm
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Marmoelettromeccanica - offered the Talento Dynamica bridge saw, which features compactness, self alignment, high sliding quality and guarantees precision cutting, lack of vibrations and long life span of tooling; also displayed stoneworking tools which are showcased in a new company catalog
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Montresor & C. srl - the Lola 1000, which polishes flat vertical edges to a mirror finish and is able to compensate for possible cutting defects of the workpiece
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Omag - the LasiMark laser engraving system, which features an infrared laser beam that can be mounted onto any numerically controlled machine, including the LP-2002, a two-axis unit
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Pedrini - the Galaxy B220 automated slab polishing line for granite
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Pellegrini -the Diamantifil DF2000-2500-3000/Jolly stationary diamond wire saw for block-squaring and slabbing with a numerical control system for two-dimensional shapes and profiles
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Simec - NP 2100 RX polishing line with modified spindles to reinforce the more delicate parts subject to wear and an improved system for fastening the shaft to the pulley, which now works by means of conical expanding splines
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Tenax - a new blade specially designed for the requirements of engineered stone; new low-odor epoxy resins for marble and granite slab treatment
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Terzago - a new mandrel that can be fitted onto bridge sawing equipment to allow for contouring and drilling
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Thibaut - the TSH 1800 diamond wire saw for blockcutting
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Tyrolit Vincent - displayed a wide range of diamond tools, including diamond wires, saws and multi-saws for frames, and wet and dry blades for cutting natural stone
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Vytek Laser Systems - introduced a portable laser system model, which is a more economical line for tile and stone applications, according to the company. It addresses a full range of material and is more user friendly
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Z. Bavelloni - the TR 77 GP straight line edging machine with peripheral wheels suited for processing baseboards and pieces with a maximum thickness of 30 mm
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Zonato - the Zeus Pantografo Laser for laser-etching of products marble and granite
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Akemi - Offered AkepoxR, an anti-slip floor covering used primarily on natural stone and ceramic stairs in entrance areas that are exposed to water and/or sloping. According to the company, the product has a cartridge system that provides easy mixing and application, has high abrasion resistance and adhesion and dries evenly. Also, offered the AkemiR Marble & Stone Care kit, complete with products for cleaning, protecting and conserving natural and cast stone.
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Bellinzoni - displayed a selection of stone maintenance and cleaning products, including Imprepox, a transparent epoxy-based impregnator for closing capillaries and microcracks
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Delta Research srl - offered an anti-stain and maintenance kit for polished marble and granite surfaces, including cleaners and sealers.
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Fila Industria - care products for natural stone, including a water repellant that can be used on stone as well as terra-cotta
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Stone+Tec NÂ¿rnberg - announced dates for its next exhibition, which will be held from May 29 to June 1, 2003
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StonExpo/MIA - promoted the joint exhibition and convention, taking place from December 5 to 7, 2002
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