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STONE INDUSTRY-2017

The International exhibition for natural stone extraction, processing and application STONE INDUSTRY-2017 successfully took place on 27 — 30 June in Moscow, at VDNKH, Hall 75.

The exhibition was organized by EXPODESIGN MA LTD with the participation of the Association CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCINE (Italy) and HUMMEL GMBH (Germany) under support of the Chamber of Industry & Commerce of Russia, Russian Union of Builders, Association of Builders of Russia, Russian Society of Construction Engineers, Russian Union of Architects, Union of Moscow Architects, Moscow Union of Designers.

Since longtime the international exhibition STONE INDUSTRY (former title EXPOSTONE) has been the significant event at the natural stone market in Russia and worldwide. For the 18-th time the Exhibitiongathered professionals in stone and related tools, machinery and services, decision makers of construction companies, architects, interior, exterior and landscape designers, restorers and other specialistsfrom Russia, CIS and abroad.

STONE INDUSTRY-2017 was opened on the 27-th of June by the official representatives of State organizations, associations and unions — sponsors:Vladimir Bykov, Chief of Administration of the Chamber of Industry & Commerce of the Russian Federation,Alexey Levin, First Vice-President ofRussian Society of Construction Engineers, Presidentof Soyuz Metrospezstroy company,Sunil Arora, Vice-President of the World Association of Natural Stone (WONASA), Raymondo Lovati, Director ofthe Confindustria Marmomacchine Association (Italy) and others.

The main goals of STONE INDUSTRY-2017 were to highlight the possibilities of natural stone application in city building, architecture, design and other fields, to display up-to-date machinery, equipment, tools, techniques and technologies for the natural stone processing and upon the whole to create the most favourable conditions for communication of professionals involved in the naturalstone extraction, processing and application.

The exhibition spanned the following subjects:

  • Equipment and technology for geological surveying of natural stone deposits.
  • Technology for deposits excavation. Equipment for uncovering works, blocks extraction and waste removal.
  • Technology and equipment for development of sand-gravels and loose stone deposits. Production of decorative chip stones, decorative sand and microcalcite.
  • Drilling-and-blasting works: techniques and equipment, accident prevention.
  • Stone processing machinery, equipment and technology.
  • Tools for stone processing — diamond, abrasive, carbide.
  • Dimensional stone, blocks and slabs.
  • Natural stone in architecture, landscape design, interior design and town-planning.
  • Technology and equipment for production of facing stone. Facing products out of natural stone and its wastes. Technologies and tools for facing works. Modern means for facing materials quality control.
  • Artworks, souvenirs, statuary art.
  • Grave monuments.
  • Maintenance, conservation & restoration of natural stone.
  • Chemicals for care & preservation of natural stone.
  • Architectural projects with application of natural stone.
  • Transportation of natural stone. Logistics.
  • Environment protection, reclamation.

Structure of STONE-INDUSTRY-2017 exhibitor activity:


282 companies from 18 countriesArmenia, Belarus, China, Czechia,Egypt,Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, San-Marino, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan exhibited at the area of 7 000 m2.

This year much more Russian companies presented their products which undoubtedly testifies of their overcoming of the economic crisis. Companies from different regions of the country — Ural, North-West, Central and South region -were present.

The majority of Russian leading stone companies exhibit every year since the Exhibition started in 1999 — these are BIRYUZA PLC, DELK RESEARCH AND PRODUCTION CENTER,COMPANY ALMIR OOO, EXPERIMENTALNY ZAVOD NPO OOO (REZH), KAMI, MACHINE TRADE ASSOCIATION, KOELGAMRAMOR ZAO, KORAL OOO, MANAGEMENT COMPANY VOZROZHDENIJE TRADE HOUSE LLC, MINERALOVODSKY STONE WORKING PLANT OAO, MIRAL ООО, SAUNO OOO, STONE-SERVICE-NEVA OOO, STROYLASER ООО, TECHNO-ULMA OOO, TRANSMAISTER OOO, VSYO DLYA KAMNYA OOO, YTA LLC and others.

Several Russian quarries and stone processing factories exhibited for the first time: KRASNOVISHERSKY STONE PROCESSING FACTORY LLC, SHUISKY STONE PROCESSING FACTORY, STONE PROCESSING ENTERPRISE LAZURIT-SAYANMRAMOR etc.

The list of exhibitors always includes those from CIS countries: KARASTGH OOO, ORIENT STONE OOO (Armenia), GONCHARIK PE, SANKY.BY (Belarus), DOBRYN LLC, GEO-INVEST LLC, LITVIN CHP – KRAVCHENKO CHP, VD COMPANY (Ukraine) display their products every year. Among «first-timers» are TRAVERTIN LUX LTD (Moldova), KAZAKH MINING COMPANY (Kazakhstan). Much more companies from Central Asia came to the fair — ASSOCIATION «KYRGYZ STONE", KYRGYZ MARBLE PLANT LLC, ТM «NEDRA AZII» (Kyrgyzstan), GAZALKENT GRANIT INVEST (Uzbekistan).

The same as before the Exhibition included the National Pavilions of Italy (organized by the Association CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE), India and China.

Approximately half of participants displayed unworked stone, blocks and slabs as well as finished stone products (plates for floors and facades, stone products for interior and exterior design, pavement stones etc.). Among them were the well-known Russian market leaders: BIRYUZA OOO, KOELGAMRAMOR ZAO, LLC, MANAGEMENT COMPANY VOZROZHDENIJE TRADE HOUSE LLC, MINERALOVODSKY STONE WORKING PLANT OAO, PETROMRAMOR LLC, RUSSIAN GRANITE, LLC etc.

STONE PROCESSING ENTERPRISE LAZURIT-SAYANMRAMOR brought pink-banded marble of exceptional beauty from Khakass Autonomous Region; UGRAN LLC showed granite Rosso Santiago from Kapustinskiy deposit (Ukraine) — a real hallmark of Moscow architectural and landscaping style — which is being widely used in facades of residential and administrative buildings, construction of bridges and quays and of Metro of Moscow; JINYUAN STONE (China) displayed white and beige marble from its quarries in Greece and Turkey; SHEYKS COMPANY (Iran) — marvelous semi-transparent onyx of green and yellow colour with unique ornaments. All visitors stopped at the stand of ART GRANIT LLC which was decorated by Olympus White granite from Brazil — this stone of grey coulor streaked with black with almost transparent inclusions (and highlighted in the most skillful way) was leaving an ever-lasting impression.

USSA-GRAN, LLC demonstrated facades and decorative items (arches, columns, stairs etc) out of limestone, KRASNOVISHERSKY STONE PROCESSING FACTORY LLC presented crushed stone from its own quarry and crushed marble-based tiles and bricks.

The actual fashion for travertine in architectural design has been reflected in expositions of TRAVERTIN LUX LTD from Moldova, Turkish (CEKICLER MARBLE INC, TROIKA INSAAT) and Armenian (KARASTGH OOO, ORIENT STONE OOO) companies and Kyrgyz firms.

This year visitors could see much bigger variety of stone from Kyrgyzstan, inparticular, different types of natural travertine from Sary-Tash deposit — this stone of brownish-yellow, yellow-white color, light pale-yellow colours with unique ornaments reminding nut-tree texture, is widely applied in façade decoration.

Many international stone companies presented their products, among them: ROYAL IMPORTS & EXPORTS (Egypt), JBB ENTERPRISES, SDP GRANITES, SKYZ STONES, SRI VIGNESHWARA GRANITES, STONE WORLD EXCLUSIVE (India), SINA STONE KAVIR, SHEYKS COMPANY (Iran), MÁRMOLES SERRAT (Spain), XIAMEN ICE STONE IMP. & EXP. CO., LTD., BEST CHEER (XIAMEN) STONE WORKS CO., XIAMEN CASAVERDE BUSINESS CO., LTD, XIAMEN STONE WORLD IMP. & EXP. CO., LTD (China), CEKICLER MARBLE, TROIKA (Turkey) etc.

Stone artworks (presented for example by KAMDAN LLC (Belarus) — mantelpieces, candlesticks, vases and other souvenirs, including the unique granite chess; GRANIA (Russia) — decorative columns, flooring, mosaics out of natural stone, XIAMEN YANGCHENG IMP. & EXP. CO., LTD (China) — mosaics, mantelpieces, sculptures) beautified the Exhibition. STONE INDUSTRY-2017 included the interesting exposition of sculptures created by Marina Alekseeva, member of the Moscow Union of Artists which were presented by the Union of Designers of Moscow.

The Exhibition showcased a great variety of grave-stones produced mostly by Russian and Chinese companies. Among the Russian ones — one of the local market leaders' GLOBAL STONE as well as several firms from Karelia where gabbro-diabase is traditionally being extracted: GABBRO-COMFORT LLC, ONEZHSKY GABBRO LLC, REAL-RK LLC. The grave memorials of Chinese producers (HAVSUN STONE,XIAMEN TENGMAI IMPORT & EXPORT CO. LTD, FUJIAN TENGHUI STONE CO. LTD etc.) made out of black gabbroid and Shangxi Blackgranite attracted a particular attention of buyers.

Mining equipment was showcased by leading international producers including MARINI QUARRIES GROUP (Italy) (drilling machines, diamond and rope installations) and PELLEGRINI MECCANICA SPA (Italy) (diamond saw cutting machinery, row drilling machinery, bar cutters, hydraulic jacks) ad also by Chinese firms — CHANGSHA BAICHUAN SUPERHARD MATERIAL TOOLS CO., LTD (stone-sawing strands), SHANGHAI ZHONGZHU INDUSTRIAL CO.LTD (chain cutters for marble) etc. In Russia this kind of equipment is produced by EXPERIMENTALNY ZAVOD NPO LLC (REZH city) — the permanent participant of the Exhibition.

LIFTSTYLE SRL (Italy) exhibited the lifting equipment for quarries and stone processing factories. Hoisting appliances by ABACO-AUSAVINA (Vietnam), in particular, NGL clamps for slab transportation etc. shown by COMPANY ALMIR ООО sparked an interest of visitors.

As always the exposition featured all novelties in the field of stone processing machines.

INTERMAC — DONATONI (Italy) and their Russian dealer YTA LLC presented innovative stone processing machines: multipurpose processing center Master 33.5, CNC bridge saw Donatoni Spin 625 CNC and the processing manually-operated center Ghines Systar XL.

EMMEDUE (San Marino) and their representative LIDTECH (Russia) showed the compact the horizontal rectilinear edge dressing machine Marmo Meccanica LCH which is the most easy-to-operate, install and service and the CNC bridge saw from the Emmedue Discovery 5 Axis CNC- a leap-ahead solution for stone cutting.

Actually all the leading Italian manufacturers of stone processing machinery were present at the Exhibition at their own stands (in addition to the above – BV SRL, BRETON SPA, BV-TECH SRL, MEC SRL, MONTRESOR & C SRL, OMAG, PEDRINI SPA AD UNICO SOCIO, PRUSSIANI ENGINEERING etc), or at stands of their local dealers – COMPANY ALMIR OOO, KAMI MACHINE TRADE ASSOCIATION, KPD-TECHNO LLC, SERVICE-STONE-NEVA, TECHNO-ULMA LLC. VSYO DLYA KAMNYA LLC.

The producer from Czech Republic GESTRA CZ displayed its own splitting machinery, HUMMEL GMBH ANTE ANLAGEN TECHNIK — machinery for stone extraction and processing made in Germany.

The Exhibition testified that the Chinese producers of stone processing machines boost their representat ion at the Russian market. This year the unprecedented number of machinery producers from China exhibited at STONE INDUSTRY-2017 — among them FUJIAN PROVINCE KAIDA STONE MACHINERY CO. LTD, FUJIAN XIANDA MACHINERY CO. LTD, NAN'AN GREAT BASE CO. LTD, XIAMEN AGA IMP. & EXP. CO. LTD, HENGLONG STONE MACHINERY CO. LTD, QUANZHOU HENGLI MACHINERY CO. LTD etc. JS-JET LLC (Russia) presented the stone processing machine of the leading Chinese manufacturer YONGDA.

Many exhibitors (88) presented diamond tools. Among them are Russian companies namely DI-STAR CENTRE LLC, NIBORIT RESEARCH AND PRODUCTION COMPANY LLC and certainly the oldest diamond tools producer in Russia — ALMAZINSTRUMENT LTD. which started its activity over 50 years ago.

As to those from abroad, the biggest number are located in China (over 200), many of them exhibited at STONE INDUSTRY-2017 (FUJIAN QUANZHOU HUAZUAN DIAMOND TOOLS CO. LTD,HUADA SUPERABRASIVE TOOL TECHNOLOGY CO., NANAN EIN DIAMOND TOOLS CO. LTD,HUBEI EXIN DIAMOND TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD, QUANZHOU JDK DIAMOND TOOLS CO. LTD, QUANZHOU SANG DIAMOND TOOLS CO. LTD etc).

In Europe diamond tools are being produced by «old» firms from Italy well reputed with clients — NICOLAI DIAMANT SRL, SUPER SELVA SRLetc.

The exposition also included other types of the tools and devices. COMPANY ALMIR OOO demonstrated in operation the Russian made tool TURBO 430 mm for regular polishing of stone floors — the tool represents a kit of synthetic pads covered by polymer congested with diamonds which was specially designed for high-quality and fast polishing of floors made out of marble, granite and other solid materials.

Chemicals for stone maintenance and protection were shown mainly by Russian dealers of international companies.

ALMIR COMPANY LLC displayed a made in Russia innovative two-component epoxy glue OPTIMUS EPOXY LIQUID for strengthening color and improvement ofnatural stone look, forming decorative and protective environment resisting coatings, and also new agents for protection and uncovering of texture of natural stone by BELLINZONI (Italy).

TECHNO-ULMA LLC showed a line of professional chemicals by ROBERLO (Spain), LLC EKIM — by ELKAY (Turkey).

ARDEX RUSSIA demonstrated professional solutions for stone cleaning, protecting and maintaining of the German premium class brand name LITHOFIN. STONE-SERVIS-NEVA — the official representative of TENAX in Russia — showed glues, mastics, resins, abrasives, surface treatments of this most famous Italian producer, EKIM LLC exhibited chemicals for stone maintenance and protection by ELKAY (Turkey), COMPANY ALMIR OOO — chemicals by BELLINZONI (Italy) and AKEMI (Germany). ALPHA TECHNOLOGIES LLC presented rubber mixes produced according to their own original compounding.

Many interesting eventstook place withinSTONE INDUSTRY-2017 Business Program.

«MODERN TECHNOLOGIES OF NATURAL STONE PROCESSING» Conference organized Mining institute within Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys National Research Technological University (NITU MISiS) took place on the first day.

On the second day the WORLD ASSOCIATION OF STONE MANNUFACTURERS (WONASA) hold the seminar «THE CHANGING WORLD OF NATURAL STONE» on the current state and prospects of the world natural stone industry as well as on problems of the stone application in realization of architectural projects while the director of the WORLD-WIDE AGGLOMERATED STONE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION made a keynote on application of engineered stone in sustainable construction.

On the third day of the Exhibition master classes of architects and designers on application of natural stone in interior and exterior design were held. The seminars «MODERN TRENDS OF NATURAL STONE APPLICATION IN ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN» (organizers — KASHUBA DESIGN International interior and architectural bureau and «PRO Interior. Design & Decor» magazine), «DIFFERENT TYPES OF NATURAL STONE THAT PROFESSIONAL DESIGNERS APPLY FOR THE INTERIOR DESIGN» and «NATURAL STONE IN INTERIOR DESIGN. RULES OF STONE SELECTION AND DESIGN DEVELOPMENT. TYPICAL MISTAKES» organized by ARCHDIALOGUE Communication and PR agency aroused a great interest of visitors.

The Intellectual game for young architects «YOUNG TALENTED PROFESSIONALS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY» organized by Construction.RU Russian Internet magazine with the support of Union of Architects of Russia andNational Union of Investigators and Design Engineers was help in the Exhibition scope.