26 Apr 2017

Highlights from Day 1 of the Stone Show

Visitor attendance was 9 per cent higher than 2015 on the first day, as the industry and its customers gathered at the only dedicated event to the stone and tile industry in the UK.

Over 200 exhibitors presented materials from around the world in a diverse range of finishes, sizes and applications. High-end stone and quartz interiors were providing the wow factor with new collections launched by Beltrami, Stone Consulting, Cambria, Global Granite, Caesarstone, CRL Stone, Nicola Fontanili and many others.

The latest CNC machinery was also well received with demonstrations and exhibits attracting a lot of interest from Waters Group;  LPE Group; Pat Sharkey Engineering; D Zambelis;  Intermac; Breton; Marchetti; Stone Equipment International; and SMC Stone Machinery.

The Architects’ day of the Conference was the best attended yet with 140 architects and designers completing the RIBA-assessed European Innovation Meets Stone Design workshop and enjoying their guided tours of the show hosted by Vincent Marazita and Peter Harrison.

Day 2 of the conference will explore the practical and aesthetic considerations when choosing stone. Architects and the stone providers themselves will then put this into context by profiling a range of award-winning natural stone projects. The latest industry initiatives being championed by the Stone Federation will also be covered. These include The Ethical Stone Register, guidance for the use of natural stone in swimming pools, and Health & Safety in stone working.

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Testimonials

  • I've seen how techniques and machinery have advanced in the stone trade, making life easier, more efficient and saving money on a project
    2017 Show Visitor
  • The Natural Stone Show has been really exciting for us, we’ve met a lot of great people and had a lot of traffic on the stand, it has been a great setting for our official launch.
    Kelly Johnson
    Cambria
  • You can find everything!
    2017 Show Visitor
  • The real highlight of the show has been seeing so many people come to see the new colours that we've introduced...we've pulled in incredible crowds with the new range.
    Simon Boocock
    CR Laurence of Europe

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