Markets: Selling Stone

Michael Picco: “We have to communicate more with green facts about natural stone, e.g., Environmental Product Declarations and Life-Cycle-Assessments”

The 2021 president of the Natural Stone Institute (NSI) sees the moment favorable to reach even internationally standardized datasheets for marble, granite etc

Brazil’s export companies criticize the umbrella organization Abirochas and want government subsidies to be used more precisely for new markets abroad

In the meantime, the dispute has reached the legal level and the resignation of President Reinaldo Sampaio is being demanded

China’s stone sector is taking great strides in “green“ extraction and processing

Social standards for workers also play a role in the model projects, which will have an impact on the industry throughout Asia

International standards for marble, granite & Co: the Natural Stone Institute’s Chuck Muehlbauer was appointed chair of the Technical Committee TC 327

The coming ISO-approved definitions will be about “requirements and test methods for blocks, slabs, semifinished and finished products intended for use in building and for monuments“

The Swedish Natural Stone Association launches a certification for the installation of gravestones

The seal adopts the specifications of the state committee, is valid for 5 years and may be used for company advertising

The topic of EU-wide protected designations of origin (Geographical Indications, GI) also for natural stone is making progress in the Brussels Commission

It appears in the new Action Plan on Intellectual Property and is expected to be back on the agenda in the 3rd quarter of 2021

The average Australian has net assets of approximately US$249,000 which makes the country the 4th wealthiest in the world

In terms of the total wealth held, it is 7th largest after USA, China, Japan, UK, Germany and India

Peter’s Corner: with a deposit system, natural stone could present itself as a perfect player in the Green Deal of the EU commission and in Joe Biden’s policy

Stone flooring can be perfectly reconditioned and reused, and there are already techniques for laying it without glue or mortar, which would then be required

DryTile: Laying ceramic floor tiles entirely without glue or mortar

The system uses cork as a base and a special grout / Can the principle be used for natural stone?

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