Following two down years -- primarily due to international turmoil -- Marmomacc 2003 showed a marked improvement over previous years, with increased attendance and a lively exhibition floor. The 38th edition of Marmomacc took center stage in Verona, Italy, from October 2 to 5, 2003. As in year's past, the event presented the opportunity for leading companies in the stone industry to promote the most innovative advances in natural stone, fabricating and quarrying equipment and accessories, and installation and maintenance products. Additionally, it allowed importers, distributors, architects, designers and other professionals to forge new contacts and business relationships.

According to VeronaFiere, the organizer of the event, this year's show attracted approximately 57,000 visitors, 30% of whom were foreigners from 120 different countries. Of the more than 1,400 exhibitors, 900 were Italian companies, while the 500 others migrated from 50 nations. Among some of the participating countries were Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Egypt, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Holland, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Paraguay, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovania, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, U.S. and Zimbabwe. Also, being represented for the first time this year was Namibia. In addition, Marmomacc 2003 included 25 international delegations, comprised of companies, government representatives and architects interested in learning more about the application potential of natural stone.

The exhibition sprawled across an estimated 646,000 square feet of floor space. According to organizers, the exhibition has demonstrated remarkable growth over the past 11 years. In 1992, the exhibition area only measured approximately 272,000 square feet and drew 25,553 visitors. Over the years, more exhibition space has led to more exhibitors and an increase among foreign participants.

Leading the foreign countries that had a predominant presence at Marmomacc 2003 was Turkey, with a total of 87 exhibitors. Statistics illustrate that this was 25 more than last year. Next in line was Spain with 48 participating companies, followed by China with 44 exhibitors, Germany with 39, India with 37 and Belgium with 33. Show organizers reported being pleasantly surprised with the number of Brazilian producers who exhibited, which totaled 29, and the 27 exhibitors from Greece.

Scheduled events
Throughout the four days of Marmomacc, there were also various seminars, architectural exhibitions and awards ceremonies scheduled in addition to the exhibition itself. One of the highlights was the International Stone Architecture Award, which was started eight years ago to recognize famous and emerging architects. The jury selected six winning projects, which were on display in one of the exhibit halls during Marmomacc, from among 30 that were submitted. The contest stipulated that the projects had to have been completed within the last two to three years.

The winning projects and architects included: Suransuns Parade, over the River Hinterrhein, Grigion Canton, Switzerland by Jürg Conzett, Gianfranco Bronzini and Patrick Gartmann; Pariser Platz 3/DZ Bank, Berlin, Germany by Frank O. Gehry & Associates; Presidential Government Palace, Canary Islands (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain) by AMP Arquitectos (Felipe Artengo, Fernando Martìn Menis, Jose Marìa Rodrìguez-Pastrana); a residential and office complex in Walter Benjamin Platz (Berlin, Germany; 2001) by Hans Kollhof & Helga Timmermann; Vulcania -- European Volcanology Park (St. Ours-Les-Roches, France) by Hans Hollein; a new courtyard area, Bottari block (Siracusa, Italy) by Vincenzo Latina.

Additionally, an Ad Memoriam Award is dedicated each year to past renowned architects for major contributions in stone architecture. This year Mario Ridolfi (1904 to 1984) was remembered for Casa Lina, a small building that the Roman architect designed and built for himself and his wife close to Cascate delle Marmore, near Terni, which dates from 1964 to 1967.

Another feature of Marmomacc was the Masters of Stone Art 2003 Awards, which are presented to entrepreneurs in the marble and granite field, sculptors, machinery and tool manufacturers, national and international commercial operators, technicians and journalists whose work helps promote the Italian manufacturing industry. This year, the awards went to Austrian architect Hans Hollein, Brazilian journalist Emanuel Mateus De Castro, Romanian entrepreneur Victor Florean and Italians Silvio Xompero, Gian Luigi Cereser and Francesco Corradini.

Displays in technology
According to organizers, Marmomacc is also the occasion for examining the new frontiers of technological innovation and its far-reaching impact on the world of design. As a result, three events relating to this issue were held during the show.

“Pixel & Marble, The material nature of virtual languages” focused on the use of IT systems generating an authentic revolution in architectural design. This was not only through the development of design and three-dimensional representation techniques, but also through the creation of new languages in contemporary architecture. It was explained how these systems are already influencing the aesthetics of architecture by activating new mental approaches and unexpected changes in formal research.

“Digital Scapes: Global Remix, Digital Architecture Exhibition” was aimed to promote awareness of the new 3D digital design processes currently modifying the attitudes of young generations of architects in the computer age. An exhibition of video clip projects was linked with the “Pixel & Marble” discussion, and it compared the work of a group of architects emerging on the American scene over the last decade with that of new generations of European architects engaged in digital research.

Third, the “Exhibition-installation Stone House” further developed a series of previous initiatives exploiting the synergy between Marmomacc and Abitare il Tempo, which was coordinated by Carlo Amadori and Vincenzo Pavan. It was designed to involve architects, designers and artists in collaborative experiences with companies in the natural stone industry and other building sectors. The presentation dealt with the relationship between natural and artificial materials, between color and its absence, and between purity and decoration in domestic settings, where opposing trends contrast with and influence each other.

Other events held during Marmomacc 2003 included the “Exhibition of Drawings and Projects for Four Fountains,” which was promoted by the Autonomous Province of Trento, the Chamber of Commerce of Trento and Trentino S.p.A. Well-known international designers such as Mario Botta, Pierluigi Cerri, Alessandro Guerriero and Ettore Sottsass, Jr. interpreted in a creative and original manner the language of Trentino stone. Additional discussions focused on the general state of health in the field and investment potential in South America.

AIA continuing education course in Verona

Every year, VeronaFiere -- in collaboration with Stone World, ICE (Italian Foreign Trade Institute) and the Video Stone Library in Volargne, Verona -- organize a training course in “The Use of Stone and Marble in Modern Architecture” for U.S. architects belonging to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). VeronaFiere was officially recognized in 1999 as an education provider by the AIA.

The course, which was on “The Use of Marble and Stone Materials in Modern Architecture,” was held from Thursday, October 2 to Sunday, October 5 during Marmomacc. It provided a comprehensive overview of architectural stone applications. Architects were taught how marble is quarried, treated, cut and selected for specific jobs, using the latest products and technologies. The course also included field trips to a quarry and granite factory as well as ample time for a thorough exploration of the exhibition. The architects who participated earned over 20 AIA/CES learning-unit hours. Many classes also included HSW credits.

In 2003, VeronaFiere also became a provider of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), which took part with a group of 10 architects. For the first time, management of RAIC (Royal Architecture Institute of Canada) also attended. In all, around 80 architects from all over the world took part in the education program at Marmomacc 2003.

Architecture students are awarded for stone designs

As in the past, Marmomacc's interaction with the architecture community included practicing architects as well as students of the profession. At this year's edition of Marmomacc in Verona, Italy, a student architectural competition among students and recent university graduates from Poland attracted some innovative designs in stone.

Main Award
The Main Award was presented to Dorota Filutowska, an architecture student at the University of Technology in Warsaw, for “Modernization and conservation of converter station near Minska Street in Warsaw.” “My project deals with the transformation of an existing building to a new one with much more modern character,” Filutowska said. “The concept was to find a new commercial meaning for this building. Currently the building is abandoned. The final function of the building shall be a public bath. Because the converter station is a complex of two buildings, it was easy for me to transform it into a bath. Stone has an unquestionable beauty. It is a pity that the national educational system does not allow us to learn more about the natural stones. This is why you have to do more research by yourself and, of course, be passionate about the stone.”

“The functional scheme of the proposed public bath perfectly composes itself with the present structure of the old converter station,” the jury stated. “Unconventional use of quarzite slate for the wall and floor -- laid in narrow horizontal strips -- refers to a natural structure of rock layers. The combination of stone, water and view of the sky gives the material its proper natural space. Thanks to the architect's invention, we can observe the decorative character of the natural slate, which has a texture that is harmonized with its bluish color.”

Quarella Special Award
The “Quarella Special Award” was presented to Krzysztof Wolanski for the “House of God” in Lublin. Wolanski graduated from the University of Technology in Poznan and will be studying for a doctorate in Paris. “My project was inspired by the values which are offered by conglomerate and natural stone materials. I wanted to use the most characteristic features of these two materials, show their texture and how they react to light,” Wolanski said. “I created an effect of translucency, which gives the place a proper ambience and rank which is needed in the mystical interiors of the sacral building; this was my first concept. The stone is also used on the frontal elevation, which undoubtedly has many philosophical elements deriving from ethics and aesthetics. I connected polished stone with an unpolished one and with glass. This way the frontal elevation stands out among other parts of the church. The cross on the elevation was designed in such a way that it draws the viewer's attention and almost pulls him inside. Thanks to the contest, I was able to see and learn about the stone. I can say now that I have it in my blood. It is the best material our Mother Earth offers to us.”

“It is interesting how the architect combines different materials: natural stone, Quarella's conglomerate and glass,” stated the jury. “The combination of these materials allows the light to penetrate the interiors of the church, thus strengthening light colors dominating inside. A special mention has to be given to an idea to place a cross made of large chipped stones on the frontal elevation. The author of the project feels 'the soul of the stone.' “

Special Mention I
A Special Mention was given to Malgorzata Gendek, a student in Poznan, for her project “Summer Office of the Association of Architects.” This design uses the natural qualities of stone and wood to help connect the interior and exterior spaces. “In this project, I wanted to use the stone in an unconventional way,” Gendek said. “I have used waste material from slabs, and the stone is placed on a steel bar. I think that in some way, my future will be connected with stone and that I will be able to use my experience in my professional life.”

The jury praised the project for using the “natural values of the landscape, which is an excellent background for the planned object. The rigidity of the natural stone texture harmonizes with the surrounding space. This exposes the natural beauty of stone.”

Special Mention II<
A second Special Mention was made for the work of Tomasz Smaga, an architecture student in Warsaw, for the “iSphere” project. This project was the development of a small stone kiosk, which can be used alone or in a group as information stands for sectors such as tourism or culture. It has a rounded shape to give the modern character, and also connects with older, historic architecture through the use of stone. “My project is based on the spherical form. I think it is a modern design presented in an uncommon form,” Smaga said. “Special mention given to my project means that the stone used in such architecture is attractive and gathers people's attention. The experience from the contest has changed my opinion about natural stone. This is a completely new challenge for me, and I think that stone will be present in my professional life.”

The jury commented on Smaga's “modern and unconventional idea to design an element of small architecture in an uncommon form. The spherical shape of the block gives it a modern character, which [also] can correspond with historical architecture. The use of different natural stones can exhibit the 'timeless' value of stone.”

Urban architecture in Asuncion
Another competitive aspect of the program was conducted in Asuncion, Paraguay. This was organized by the Paraguayan Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Paraguayan Architecture, with the sponsorship of Asuncion City Hall and the Verona Exhibition Authority (Veronafiere).

The contest was opened to experienced professionals and senior students in their fifth year. The winning project was from Andrea Delmas Montero, a senior at the Asuncion National University, Paraguay. It sought to give importance to the historical center of Asuncion, promoting its cultural values, symbols and architecture as the “urban origin of the city and the nation itself.” To achieve this goal, it is necessary to revitalize the public spaces and habitation areas of historic buildings, Montero said, giving the space institutional and commercial importance -- a goal that can be achieved with the help of natural stone.

Contest sponsors
Sponsors of the initiative included Kamieniarz Bozena Modlinska of Kielce, Poland, which was founded in 1978 and operates a stone processing facility as well as a sandstone quarry in Czaple, the oldest in Poland. The event was also sponsored by Veronafiere of Verona, Italy, which organizes Marmomacc as well as other major international trade shows in a broad range of industries.

Other sponsors were Quarella S.p.A. of Verona, Italy, a world leader in the manufacture and finishing of composite stone products, with five separate factories producing more than 250,000 tons per year of product, which is roughly equivalent to 4 million square meters of finished product per year. The final sponsor was Juma Natursteinwerke GmbH & Co. KG of Germany, which has quarries in Germany and South Africa as well as a modern large-scale factory in Germany and an import facility in Italy.

Touring the exhibit halls of Marmomacc 2003

Stone Suppliers

Akdo -- Balya Luna from Turkey, which has a light gray tone with flecks of black and white, available in a flamed and polished finish
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Alony Marble Ltd. -- demonstrated how limestone is a suitable material for bathroom applications, including showers, bathtub surrounds, walls and floors; introduced a new finish, shotglass acid washed with chiseled edges and a new material, Jerusalem Grey/Gold, which is taken from the middle layer of a block
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Andrade S/A -- traditional granite varieties from Brazil, processed on the company's new state-of-the-art gangsaws
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Antolini Luigi -- continued its stone “Fashion Show,” with female and male models on a runway of backlit-onyx
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Basaranlar -- classic travertine from Turkey, in tiles and slab as well as mosaic pieces
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Bermarmol S.A. -- Turkish travertine with an antique finish, available in all sizes
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BCS-Brazilian Consortium of Stones -- New Delicatus granite from Brazil, which has a dark gold tone with accents of brown and white; Blue River granite, which has streaks of blue, green and violet
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Brachot Hermant -- Silver Pearl granite, which has the same characteristics as Blue Pearl and Emerald Pearl with a silver tone; the stone is particularly suited for kitchen applications with stainless steel and has a good price/quality ratio; Labrador Blue granite, which features blue spectralites
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Brasil Quarries -- Amarela Palmeiras granite, which has a yellow color with shades of brown and gray; Giallo Napoleone granite, which is yellow with tones of brown and gold
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Brasvit -- Tourmaline granite, which has a smooth green color with intermittent waves of black and gray
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Brazil Stone -- Verde Riviera granite, which has shades of green and peach; Wild West Green, which has tones of gold, blue and green
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Caesarstone -- featured several new color additions to its collection of engineered quartz-based surfaces, including black, Noir Brown, Gold Mine, Copper Mine, Jerusalem Sand, Lagos Blue and Misty Carrara
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Campolonghi Group -- Ice Pearl granite, which has a light gray tone with flecks of black, dark gray and blue spectralites; Palmyra limestone from Syria, available in a brushed finish; Crema Luna limestone from France
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Cosentino S.A. -- introduced two new lines of Silestone quartz products: Tropical Forest, a new collection that takes its inspiration from the jungle and tropical forest of exotic lands, and Ceilo, available in a range of six colors that reflect the elements of the earth, including water and fire
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Cremar S.p.A. -- displayed a variety of French limestone as well as introducing several new granites, including Pompei, a blend of shades of brown with some traces of white and burgundy hues; Giallo Nova Venezia, a more consistent blend of lighter brown with some flecks of white; and Kashmir Gold, consisting of golden and beige hues resembling the shape of waves combined with flecks of rust
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Dimpomar -- marble and limestone varieties from Portugal, including renowned stones such as Rosa Auora and Gascogne Blue, in tiles, slabs and cut-to-size pieces
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Edilgraniti -- granite slabs from Australia, including Australian Juparana and Austrailian Coffee
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Gem Granites -- unveiled four new granites from India that haven't even been named yet; colors include salmon with burgundy speckles, a uniform bluish/gray, reddish brown with some hints of green, and bluish/green patterning in a field of gray
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Granitex -- provided factory tours to those who registered at the company's booth to show its state-of-the-art facility and wide range of products
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Granito Zucchi -- introduced two new granites, including Purãngaw Amazônia -- consisting of bands of varying shades of green -- and Purangaw Guará -- a material consisting of different colors of burgundy and yellow and having lots of movement
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Grein Italia -- granite slabs that are processed with state-of-the-art machinery that can produce material with a tolerance of +/- 0.3 mm (1⁄80 inch), offering a broad range of benefits to consumers
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Ingemar Group -- granites with an Anticato finish, replicating a natural patina
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International Granite & Marble (IGM) -- showcased Arabescato L marble from Italy, a wild patterning of large white areas with heavy gray veining; Antique Brown granite from Angola, a blend of dark shades of brown with spectralites; Golden Dune granite, a yellow/gold sand blend
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International Italmarmi -- natural stone slabs in a 6-mm thickness, including Onyx and Portoro
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JMS-Jura Marble Suppliers -- showcased new splitface Jura marble veneer and a new sandblasted rough surface finish
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Levantina -- Big Blue granite from Brazil, which has a blue tone with shades of white, black and gray; Renoir from Brazil, which has hues of gold and black; Moonglow from India, which has milky tones of blue and green; stones are available with a “River Washed” finish, which gives a natural patina
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M+Q -- Juparana Arandis Yellow, which has a brilliant golden color with small flecks of gray and white
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MAP -- large-format tiles of Brazilian slate with a pillowed edge
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Marmi La Precisa -- Caffe Latte, which is gray with fossilization
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Mazzuchelli F.Lli Marble -- brushed satin finished White Vermont Danby slabs, available from the Vermont Danby quarry owned by Vermont Quarries Corp.
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Michelangelo -- introduced a full range of new granites, including Golden Beach, Bianco Michelangelo, Costa Dourada (Golden Coast), Juparana Renoir, Juparana Jaguar, Delicatus and Red Dragon
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Pavlidis -- introduced three new Turkish stones: Travertine Noche, Afyon White marble and Athena marble, which is semi-white in color
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Pemagran -- displayed a variety of Brazilian granites, including two of its newest: Bellagio, a blend of green shades; Ibere Laguna, a field of light beige filled with darker crystals
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Pokarna Ltd. -- offered an array of granite from India, including Coffee Brown, consisting of a uniform blend of brown, and Pokarna Green, a consistent green-colored material highlighted by lighter flecks of green; also introduced Flash Blue granite, a brown material with silver flecks that is offered exclusively by the company
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Polycor -- showcased two new granites: Picasso, a consistent brown material, and Nordic Black with uniform patterning
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Quantum Stone / Il Casone -- Giallo Etrusco sandstone quarried in Turkey, available in a wide range of color shades from gray to beige
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R.E.D. Graniti -- promoted a new block stockyard in Verona
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Rock of Ages -- Galactic Blue granite, the result of a joint venture between Rock of Ages and VIKA of the Ukraine; the stone has a dark green background and large blue crystals
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Stone Suppliers -- Royal Dorado from Colombia, which has a dramatic range of gold and gray
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Tekmar -- introduced Byzantium marble from Turkey, comprised of shades of gray and white; available in slabs, tiles and cut to size
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Tem-Mer Marble -- Rosalia Light marble from Turkey, which has a light tan tone with thin rose-colored veining
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Tureks A.S. -- Seashell limestone, a consistent material from the company's new quarry in Turkey; the stone is offered in three shades: light beige, medium beige and darker tan, and is available in any finish or size
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Machinery and
Fabrication Products

AGM/Intermac -- a new size for the Intermac Master Stone CNC stoneworking center, which has a medium-sized worktable with an open bridge
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Breton -- the new NC 400 computer numerically controlled multipurpose stoneworking center, which has two worktables to save time during operation
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Burkhardt GmbH -- displayed the CNC-Center Model 595/3 for fabricating kitchen countertops, which is capable of processing outer and inner contours, core drilling, milling, grinding and polishing of drain boards and magazine for 24 tools
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CamTech Industries -- introduced two new machines to replace the discontinued L10 and L15. The L5 has been made to be more affordable to fabricators, and the L20 is equipped with faster feature run software, giving it more speed than the L10
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C.M.G. srl -- Taurus 100/S universal automatic edge polishing machine for bullnosing, inclined and flat profiles with flotter system for marble and granite; Taurus 02 multiple head edge polishing machine for bullnosing, inclined and flat profiles
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C.M.S./Brembana -- introduced Z 600, which is a new option for the Speed Y2000 CNC machine; also displayed a full line of stoneworking machines for sawing and polishing
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Commandulli -- displayed the Omega 100 edge polishing machine with conveyor belt; Edilux junior automatic edge polishing machine designed and manufactured according to up-to-date concepts and structural principals
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Dellas -- offered an assortment of diamond tools for processing marble and granite, including discs, blades and flat and profile grinding wheels
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Diamant Boart -- a new range of cutting blades, the Magnum XL, which features a new design and simple selection system for soft, medium and hard stones
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Dr. Fritsch -- the DSP 515 Sintering Press, which integrates the latest technological developments with safety; it is designed for medium-sized and large segment manufacturers, with a fully automatic mould magazining unit that takes up 54 clamping frames
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Fantini -- the Model 70 RA/S chainsaw for quarrying
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Ghines -- the Systhema table saw and multifunctional manual stoneworking unit, which is capable of executing a wide range of functions on any kind of stone, including cutting and routing
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GMM -- the Tria 29 bridge saw
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Italdiamant -- new router bits for manual machines; titanium blades
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Levi Tunisi -- the LT FP/600 bridge saw, which is designed for cutting and squaring marble and granite slabs
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Löffler -- promoted its line of CNC machines, including the LBZ DT with two tables
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Marmoelettromeccanica -- introduced Frangistone contouring wheels, which help reduce working time and diamond use as well as offering a better possibility of lubrication
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Marmo Meccanica -- introduced the LTT 621 compact, straight belt polishing machine for round and flat edges up to 6 cm in horizontal
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Pedrini -- the M940 CN bridge saw, which is numerically controlled and can process marble, granite and other stones
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Simec -- the Record Due gangsaw for granite, which has a 7,000-mm cutting width that can accommodate three standard-sized blocks under its frame (or four slightly smaller ones); complete automated plants for effectively treating stone slabs with epoxy resin
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Thibaut -- the T108 multi-purpose stoneworking center, which can execute a broad range of operations (up to 20 operations on a single machine) and can work on kitchen countertops as well as thicker pieces such as monuments and basins
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Z. Bavelloni -- Egar 323⁄5 with five controlled axes and large work surface; capable of processing very thick slabs and can produce tops in lengths up to 3300 mm and blocks up to 600 mm thick
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Installation and
Maintenance Products

Akemi -- Akepox® Fillers, which can be polished, feature minimal shrinkage, are are weather-resistant and solventless; products include Akepox 1000, a low-viscosity, two-component filler which hardens slowly and hardly yellows; it hardens slowly and therefore penetrates very well into fine and deep fissures, filling small holes and improving the surface of the stone at the same time
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Bellinzoni -- a Stone Care Kit that features Multi Clean heavy-duty pH neutral stone soap, Super Seal to protect against oil, grease, dirt and water stains, and Stone Polish for daily cleaning
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Fila -- FilaCleaner detergent, which cleans all treated surfaces or those sensitive to strong detergents, cleaning deep by delicately
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Tenax -- Protex, a sealer for very porous stone materials such as sandstone or limestone; Pectro, which penetrates the microfissures of polished granite, making them invisible and give the surface a consistent, smooth appearance
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Stone Industry Events

Milanez & Milaneze -- promoted the 17th International Fair of Marble and Granite, which will take place in Vitoria, Brazil, from February 10 to 13, 2004
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Stone+Tec/NurnbergMesse -- promoted the next edition of the Stone+Tec trade show in Nuremberg, Germany, which will take place from May 25 to 28, 2005
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StonExpo/Marble Institute of America -- promoted the StonExpo exhibition and MIA Cornerstone Forum seminars as well as various MIA publications and services
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