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Briefly noted

Cer-Stile is the name the Bologna-based Cersaie Trade Fair (September 28th to October 3rd 2015) chose for a show which hopes to generate new impulses to land use in Italy’s various regions. An imaginary tour takes visitors through highlands and down to coastal areas, and even incorporates railways and depots. The aim is to rethink the use of the spaces for dwellings and commercial real-estate areas. Also marble is a modern trend in ceramics according to a video gallery of the trade fair.

Latest news: Photos from Nasa’s „New Horizons“ Mission to Pluto (1, 2).

Latest news: A diplomatic conflict has come up between Turkey and China for religious reasons, Al Jazeera reports. An internet source quotes the president of Turkey’s stone association IMIB: „We should show our protest with common sense and in a democratic manner. The Chinese market is of crucial importance for Turkish stone exporters and has become their largest market“ (1, 2).

A copy of the Milan Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is currently in the making in Doha. It has been commissioned by Muhammaed Al Emadi according to Corriere della Sera. Al Emadi has a foible for Italy and its lifestyle. Some 45,000 t of Carrara-Marble are being invested in the project.

Fortaleza Stone Fair 2015.The new Brazil-based Fortaleza Stone Trade Fair in Ceará Province welcomed some 2,800 visitors and 37 exhibitors participated in the success of this first (Mai 5th to 8th 2015) edition. Not only Brazilian but also Portuguese (6), Italian (2), Chinese and German (1 each) companies were represented. The biannual show, which will be held from May 2nd to 5th 2017 in Fortaleza next time round, focuses on exotic, showy stone types, quarried and worked in Northern Brazil and is geared to further sales and export to the rest of the world. End-consumer’s feedback was unexpectedly upbeat, with praise for the series of talks at the fair: some 700 architects, designers and decorators profited of the knowledge conveyed, according to Carlos Rubens A. Alencar of the Simagran-CE Trade Organization (1, 2).

British Albion Stone Company has postponed the opening of the new Portland Stone quarry be skylarks are nesting there as reported by the Natural Stone Specialist. The magazine gives a comment: „What a lark!“

In the USA the office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed new safety regulations aimed at reducing the exposure to crystalline silica. According to the Marble Institute of America (MIA) the new regulations impose an unnecessary burden on the branch: The regulations in place up until now served the purpose well, and the new threshold values will restrict members in a far greater measure than taken into consideration by the Administration. MIA has called on its members to write letters of protest directed at their politicians (1, 2, 3, 4).

(17.07.2015, USA: 07.17.2015)