Across the Caribbean, architects and developers are moving away from the traditional and locally quarried stone materials they have used in the past. Instead, they are taking advantage of the increasing competitiveness and global availability of much higher-grade stone materials.
Strong leaders cultivate excellent team members that support each other and, in turn, support the business. These individuals combine their talents to grow an organization, the communities in which they operate and their industry as a whole.
Dekton, among other alternative stone materials, continues to grow in popularity for applications such as countertops, flooring and both interior and exterior wall cladding. Being a hard dense product, it is crucial that the appropriate tooling is used during the fabrication process.
Unfortunately, unforeseen external circumstances may surface, which are completely out of their control. When these events materialize, they come through the front door of a business like an out of control freight train. They come in fast and tend to be very disruptive.
ow do you feel when someone tells you what a “fantastic job, you’re awesome, the team appreciates your contribution?” If you are like most people, you would want more of those comments. We all crave feedback about ourselves. Why?
As an architect specifying materials, you consider how surfaces hold up and look their best for years to come, so the next time your client wants to build or remodel, they will think of you as the one to call.
How important is leadership? Time and time again, I’ve seen teams that were once high performing —a generating best-in-class results — fail under new leadership. Same team, yet dramatically different results. Why?
The threat of silica exposure is not a new story. However, these reports are a strong reminder that stone companies must be diligent about reducing the risks to workers. The Natural Stone Institute recommends the following.
The 2020 edition of the Xiamen Stone Fair marks the exhibition’s 20th anniversary, and it is planning a series of special events to celebrate. Show management is requesting past attendees to send in photos of their favorite show memories from previous years. Those that are selected will be used in the show’s anniversary promotions.
Ultra-compact surfaces have been gradually making their way into the market and now are becoming a popular choice for a range of residential and commercial designs. Whether it is being used for cladding or outdoor kitchens, these products have carved a niche out for themselves.
In this issue of Stone World magazine, we learn about the sourcing process of some of the most well-known Brazilian stones as well as a roundup of the most popular Brazilian stones on the market. We also learn the process for cutting different alternative materials to prevent any cracking!