From 9-11 March the sixth UK Natural Stone Show returns to London's ExCel. Dedicated to the natural stone industry, the show will bring together some 300 exhibitors involved in the production, design and xing of natural stone. New this year, the show will host The Natural Stone & Building Conservation Conference as well as a conservation area organised in conjunction with English Heritage. To register, visit www. naturalstoneshow. co. uk
FLOOR HEATING SYSTEMS
As the trend for underfloor heating systems continues to grow, Floor Heating Systems is offering a variety of heating cables and cable mats suitable for use with stone floors. These are controlled simply by the use of electronic thermostats. The company also provides systems for bespoke installations.
ALBION STONE QUARRIES
One of the UK's major suppliers of Portland Stone, Albion Stone can supply scants, sawn six sides, finished masonry and calibrated flooring tiles cut to the highest tolerances. Large dimension blocks are available from the company's three quarries.
BATH STONE GROUP
A fully integrated service, including design consultation for more challenging installations, is offered by Bath Stone Group. The company's Stoke Ground Bath Stone is regulary specified by both the National Trust and English Heritage for restoration and new-build projects. Bath Stone Group aims to make material procurement simple and costeffective. Every stage of production is closely monitored to ensure an efficient turnaround.
Founder of the water jet cutting process to produce marble carpets, Italian company CITCO will be launching its Janus product at the show. Janus comprises a sheet of crystalline marble, bonded to a high-tech backing panel. The colour applied to the back of the marble sheet shines through to the outer surface where it cannot be affected by light or external agents.
Manufacturer of memorials such as the Sun Dial in Hull, R Lidster works with some 30 natural stones and granites. The company will be launching a granite brochure as well as new designs for corporate signage.
Specialists in gun-injected pointing mortars for masonry repointing and hard landscaping, Easipoint's range comes in a wide variety of colours. It also includes specialist natural hydraulic lime-based mortars for the conservation and restoration of historic buildings. Settpoint is a pourable mortar for jointing traditional stone setts and lowmodulus materials, and is fully compliant with BS 7533, Part 7. The Easipoint mortar system has been used for the pointing of gaps between 26,000m 2 of natural York stone paving as part of the pedestrianisation of Trafalgar Square.
With more than 700 colours to choose from, Antolini Luigi claims that it has the largest collection of exotic and rare marble, limestone, granite and semi-precious stones in the world. The extensive inventory means that precise requirements for shades are readily available.
Chinese company Xiamen Jetboat offers a wide range of customised garden furniture, planters, statues, pavers, wall cladding, granite and polished marble tiles, slabs and worktops.
Xiamen also specialises in memorial monuments.
PHOENIX INDUSTRIAL FLOORING
Phoenix Industrial Flooring will be displaying its low-maintenance resinbound marble, natural stone and coloured quartz flooring systems. The natural aggregate flooring is widely used in commercial applications, such as the Ford Experience showroom in London's Edgware Road (shown).
Santafiora produces some 25,000m 2 of stone, both slabs and finished work, a month.
The natural Santafiora, Grigio Perla, Lavrosa, Lavagrigia and Peperino Grigio stones are sourced from Santafi ora's own quarries in central Italy.
MID WALES STONE SUPPLIES
Mid Wales Stone Supplies designs stone sculptures and water features for gardens and public displays. Monoliths come in slate and granite from 40kg to 3 tonnes and are available singly, or in matched sets.
One of the biggest natural stone producers in Germany, Gundelsheimer Marmowerk specialises in the processing of Jura limestone and Solnhofen stone for cladding and fl ooring projects.