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France’s Import and Export balance in natural stone for 2013 has been compiled by the trade magazine Pierre Actual in the 3/2014 issue. Imports were up 3% compared to the year prior (that amounts to +6.2% in tonnage). But exports were down by -8.9% or -1.9% by tonnage.

Latest news: Spanish marble producer Belle Blanche has made an agreement with Madrid’s Real soccer team to promote its natural stone under the brand „Piedra Blanca Real Madrid“. The stone is an „official product of Real Madrid“, as said on the webpage (1, 2).

Latest news: Applications for the Simppetra – International Stone Sculpture Symposium in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal (July, 1st until 22nd, 2014) are possible until May, 20th.    

Safety procedures for workplaces are one of the topics of the new training module titled „Health and Safety in the Stone Business“ by the Marble Institute of America (MIA) with a special glance on Canada. It is the result of a MIA-collaboration with the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association in Ontario. Download in English and French is free after registration.    

The 869 m high Blencathra mountain in Northwest England is for sale for £ 1.75m. The owner, the Earl of Lonsdale, facing a hefty tax bill, said he chose shifting the peak over evicting people from their homes, the BBC reports.

Cosentino Group has opened a new „Cosentino City Associated“-showroom in the city of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).    

The headcount of exceedingly rich class is increasing world-wide according to a joint study by X-Wealth and UBS Bank. The study focused countries housing billionaires among other statistics.

Imaginative statues by Italian Company Todini Sculture.    

In France construction of Fort Guédelon is well in progress. It is being built using technical know-how and tools dating back to the 13th century. The walls of the fort are made of local natural stone.    

Fireplaces made of concrete or natural stone are AK47’s specialty.    

Naturally things take a little more time in the US State of Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park. It’s all about petrified forests dating back to the times when dinosaurs roamed the world. After exhaustive negotiations the area could be extended significantly.     

Carpeting mimicking stone paving has been brought to market by Dutch Company YLDesign.

Video of the month: splitting stone with hammer and wedge (1, 2).

(17.05.2014, USA: 05.17.2014)