Dimension Stone, as also described in the new draft PERC Standard, is a technical/commercial term that includes all natural stones that can be quarried in blocks of different dimensions, are processed by cutting or splitting, and that possess specific technical and aesthetic properties that drive their demand in the building and construction industries.
Dimension stones are distinct, in both mining methods and their end uses from all other materials derived from natural rock, such as aggregates and granulate, cement materials, crushed stone, or industrial minerals. While aggregates, cement raw materials and crushed stones are almost exclusively used in load-bearing, filling and structural functions in building and construction, and industrial minerals are utilized for multiple purposes in many industries (ceramics, glass, pharmaceuticals, paper, etc.), Dimension Stone materials offer special qualitative features which mean they can perform both structural and decorative architectural functions in building and construction as well as in internal decoration and landscaping projects.
Commercially, dimension stones are generally divided into three categories for business transactions: marbles, granites and stones.
Building stones are stone products generally sourced from raw stone materials that can be extracted in artisanal or semi artisanal ways and utilized for building and other construction purposes (walls, housing, cladding, gardening, etc.). They can also be produced by processing the stone waste of other production lines.
Stone+tec is the meeting place for the stone industry. The trade fair focuses on the extraction, processing and use of natural stone and comparable materials. Stone+tec presents the various possibilities for the processing and use of natural stone in combination with other materials, as well as biochemistry. At Stone+tec, a comprehensive overview is provided of all the machines and tools that are necessary for handling and processing the materials.
Stone+tec is predominantly a craft trade fair which focuses on the German market and the bordering countries.
You are interested in the latest developments from the world of natural stone, stone processing technology and gravestone and would like to establish new contacts? Then you are in the right place at Stone+tec! And there are even more reasons for coming to Nuremberg from 17 – 20 June 2020.
51 % of the visitors at Stone+tec 2018 wanted information about new products. You too should use Stone+tec as sector platform and show your new products to a qualified and interested professional audience. 91 % of the exhibitors at Stone+tec 2018 reached their most important target group. Here you get talking to your target audience and find out at firsthand what products and services are in demand and what issues your customers are concerned about. Present your products and services in an environment geared exclusively to your target group.
Stone+tec offers you excellent opportunities for making new contacts. Be there and show your presence! New ideas and valuable impetus are created in dialogue – and, of course, new business contacts too.
The figures from 2018 show the importance of Stone+tec as a meeting place for the natural stone and natural stone processing industry. 33 % of the visitors cultivated their contacts at Stone+tec and 32 % of the visitors used Stone+tec specifically for exchanging views and sharing knowledge. The exhibition and supporting program offers you as exhibitor the perfect platform for personal dialogue with associations, customers and other representatives from the sector. Here you can work together on shaping the future!
All the relevant suppliers from the natural stone and gravestone segment all over the world present their products here. Discover the range of innovative products and update on current processing technologies and tomorrow’s trends.
Stone+tec is the meeting place for all experts from the segments of natural stone, natural stone technology, and gravestones and accessories from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the neighboring countries. The variety of opportunities for dialogue and the creative atmosphere give you valuable impetus for your future work. The product segment “Additional Materials” offers new perspectives. Learn how new materials can be used and what solutions there are for your specific questions.
Seminars and forums in the supporting program offer you extra specialist information. Shows on special topics showcase the diversity of the industry. The German Natural Stone Award is also presented at Stone+tec.
Stone+tec in cooperation with professional partners shows you new ways of increasing the attractiveness and the market share of natural stone. The event is supported by associations such as the Bundesinnungsverband des Deutschen Steinmetz- und Steinbildhauerhandwerks (Federal Guild of German Stonemasons and Stone Sculptors) and the Deutscher Naturwerkstein Verband e.V. (German Natural Stone Association).
The Franconian metropolis also has a lot to offer aside from the exhibition. Culinary treats, art, culture and a programme of events for every taste provide entertainment and relaxation after a long day at the exhibition, and more than 25,000 hotel beds in all categories ensure a relaxing sleep.
“Stone+tec is exactly the kind of trade fair that we need in the sector at the moment. Practical and contemporary product ranges are complemented by topics that really matter to stonemasons and stone processors, including sustainability, regional focus and the latest technology.”
-Joachim Grüter, President of the German Natural Stone Association (DNV).
“We are delighted about the positive mood at this year’s Stone+tec and note that the new features in the trade fair concept have been popular. The supporting programme in the forum was very well attended, which shows that we are covering the right kinds of issues. Through the opportunities to acquire knowledge, clarify problems and get talking, the new Stone+tec is living up to its role as the gathering place for the industry and is on the right track for the time ahead. With an eye to the future I am particularly delighted about the results of the young talent competition.”
-Gustav Treulieb, Federal Guild Chairman in the BIV.
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