STONE INDUSTRY- the international exhibition for quarrying, processing and application of natural stone — successfully took place in Moscow, the 57th hall of VDNH Fairgrounds from June 29 to July 2, 2021.
The Exhibition was organized by the EXPODESIGN MA Exhibition Company with the participation of CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE ASSOCIATION (Italy), STONE CENTER Association of the Russian Stone Industry Enterprises, ANTE-ANLAGEN TECHNIK GMBH Company (Germany), under support of the RUSSIAN CHAMBER OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE, ASSOCIATION OF BUILDERS OF RUSSIA, RUSSIAN SOCIETY OF CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERS, CENTRE OF EXPORT PROMOTION OF KARELIA, ASSOCIATION OF KARELIA MINERS, ASSOCIATION OF STONE PROCESSORS OF KARELIA, RUSSIAN UNION OF ARCHITECTS, MOSCOW UNION OF ARCHITECTS, UNION OF DESIGNERS OF MOSCOW.
After the Exhibition was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic (the only time when the exhibition was rescheduled since its establishment), under the threat of the second wave of the virus and therefore of a new lockdown, the bare fact that the Exhibition came true is the real success. Strictly observing all the necessary sanitary measures, participants and visitors met to exchange experience and establish new partnerships and contracts — thus indicates that STONE INDUSTRY exhibition has a great important for the national stone industry and that no online events are able to replace live professional communication.
According to Nikolay Karachentsev, co-founder of COMPANY ALMIR LLC, which has been the biggest exhibitor of STONE INDUSTRY for many years, «We need this exhibition. In spite all technological innovations in the field of online communications, all of us are looking for live meetings and direct contacts. The fact that almost at the peak of the pandemic more than 3 000 people decided to come together testifies that the communication is one of the basic human needs… STONE INDUSTRY exhibition is the place where the business activity and positive emotions are concentrated. „
STONE INDUSTRY-2021 gathered companies from Russia, CIS and other countries that work in the field of natural stone and their clients — professionals in stone, tools, accessories, chemical products, machinery and services for the stone industry, decision makers of construction companies, architects, designers, restorers, etc. Unfortunately, the epidemiological situation in many “stone» countries and closed borders did not allow many potential exhibitors to come to Moscow.
The main objectives of the STONE INDUSTRY-2021 were to showcase the great variety of natural stone as well as latest equipment, tools, and technologies for quarrying and stone processing industries, to demonstrate the possibilities of application of natural stone in modern urban planning, architecture, art, interior design, to favour the interaction of manufacturers and consumers and the development of inter-regional and international cooperation.
Structure of STONE-INDUSTRY-2021 exhibitor activity:
164 companies from Russia, Belarus, Germany, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine took part.
In comparison with 2019 the number of Russian participants considerably grew and accounted for approximately 80% of the total number of exhibitors – thus being quite natural for closed borders times. Companies from different regions of the country — Ural, North-West, Central and South region — presented their products.
The majority of national leaders of the stone industry exhibit every year since the Exhibition's start in 2000 — these are BIRYUZA, COMPANY ALMIR, EUROSTONE TECHNOLOGY, KAMI MACHINE TRADE ASSOCIATION, KOELGAMRAMOR, MIRAL GROUP, MIRTELS, NPO EXPERIMENTALNY ZAVOD (city of REZH), SAUNO, SERVICE KAMNYA, SOFTELECTRONICS, TECHNO-ULMA, VOZROZHDENIJE TRADE HOUSE MANAGEMENT COMPANY, VOZROZHDENIE MINE MANAGEMENT COMPANY, VSYO DLYA KAMNYA, YTA COMPANY etc.
Some Russian companies displayed their products for the first time – among them AZIA PLUS, IMPERIAL, IMPOS TRADE, INDUSTRIAL STONE-PROCESSING MACHINES, IREMEL (MAGNITOGORSK STONE-PROCESSING PLANT), PREMIER INTERIER, PROGRESS INVEST, ROSE OF SORROW, SANARSKY GRANITE, SDM-CHEMIE, SMK PRIME, SPETSKAMENSIBIRI, UFALEYGRANITSERVICE, FENIX etc.
For the first time the Exhibition included the Pavilion of the Republic of Karelia, thus testifies of the growing success of this region in extraction and processing of natural stone. The Pavilion organized with the assistance of the CENTRE OF EXPORT PROMOTION OF KARELIA included stands of 22 companies which presented gabbro-diabase, pomegranate amphibolite, green pyroxenite, various types of granite etc., as well as products out of these types of stone. Among exhibitors was the SOUTH INDUSTRIAL ZONE TECHNOLOGY PARK — the unique platform in Russia where a full cycle of natural stone processing for further application in construction, architecture, design and monuments production has been organized. Representatives of Karelian companies, as well as directors of the ASSOCIATION OF KARELIA MINERS and ASSOCIATION OF STONE PROCESSORS OF KARELIA took part in the opening ceremony and the business events. Acting Minister of Natural Resources of the Republic of Karelia Alexey Pavlov sent a welcoming letter to the Exhibition organizers, participants and visitors.
STONE INDUSTRY-2021 showcased all the variety and beauty of natural stone. One could admire granite, pegmatite, gabbro, basalt, marble, limestone, travertine, tuff, shell rock and other kinds of stones of all possible colours and patterns. The exposition included almost all traditional kinds of stone, visitors shall only choose the stone up to their needs and requirements for quality and price.
The same as in previous years, visitors could see the unique white marble of Koelga deposit (KOELGAMRAMOR), beige marble from Dagestan (BIRYUZA), gray and blue marble of Ufaley deposit (URALMRAMOR), etc.
The Karelian companies (GABBRO, KARELIAN GABBRO-DIABAZ, FINKARELGRANIT, TRADE COMPANY HORIZON, TRADE HOUSE TRADE GROUP etc.) showcased gabbro-diabase from Drugoretsky deposit, granite from various deposits of Karelia, Finland and Norway as well as rare types of natural stone extracted in the region.
ARTICHOCK (brand name PIETRABLANCA) brought to the Exhibition big blocks and slabs of Italian marble of various colors and textures.
BESKUDUK TAS — a new exhibitor from Kazakhstan — displayed a unique coral travertine from its own deposit Beskuduk Tas in the Saryagash Region of Turkestan, Kazakhstan. Coral travertine has a number of original features: under different lighting and humidity it can change its color, thanks to the porous surface the stone «breathes», it is highly resistant to temperature changes and is absolutely non-radioactive so it is environmentally friendly and can be used in rooms with special sanitary requirements.
For the first time PROGRESS-INVEST company demonstrated the unique greenstone from Krasnoyarsk Region (Kantegirskoye deposit in Shushensky region and Kurtushibinskoye deposit in Ermakovsky region). Greenstone which was considered sacred in ancient China, features a wonderful orchestration of deep dark green color and slightly transparent structure.
IKT, representative of SHAHRIAR CHARM In Russia, presented onyx, marble, travertine and granite from Iran of all colors and tones. Among them was an amazing light blue onyx with gold-color and orange impregnations and cracks.
A well-know leader in production of granite blocks VOZROZHDENIE MINE MANAGEMENT COMPANY offered granite from its own four quarries in the Leningrad Region and Karelia.
The company from Palestine AL MASDAR FOR TAFFOUH STONE CO. (representative in Russia — SALMA LLC) exhibited for the first time. They started to import Jerusalem stone to the Russian market. Jerusalem stone is actually a dolomite limestone which is being quarried in Jerusalem and its environs. More than two millennia ago the ancient city of Jerusalem was built of this kind stone, and now it is used for construction and decoration of luxury houses.
SANARSKY GRANITE LLC from Chelyabinsk showed granite of SANAR trademark — a highest-quality facing material of original «Dalmatian» color – black impregnations with sparks of isinglass stone on a light gray or bluish background.
SPETSKAMENSIBIRI LLC demonstrated black dolerite of TULUNBLACK trademark.
Many participants showcased products made of natural stone.
Tiles for facades, stone for pavement, architectural and design items (bordures, fountains, sills, tabletops etc.) were exhibited by IMPERIAL, MEGASTONE GROUP, MKK – MOSCOW STONE-WORKING PLANT, NIRSTROY, STROYKAMEN PDT, URALSLKIE KAMNI, UFALEYGRANITESERVICE etc. Karelian companies (AVRIOS, KRKK STONE-WORK FACTORY OF KARELIA, NORTH STONE etc.) offered these products made from granite of the region.
Many participants demonstrated magnificent objects for interior design and decoration and beautiful artworks.
No one can pass by the stand of KAMDEN-RUS LLC. The amazing variety of products for interior design made of gray granite and black marble (tables, cabinets, elements of chairs, mirror frames, candlesticks, glasses, chess, etc.) were the cynosure of all eyes.
KOELGAMRAMOR, one of the key producers of marble in Russia, makes an emphasis on unusual design. Among their exhibits was an original carved bench made of Koelga marble and a coffee table with marble hippopotamus as its base.
STONE TIME ART STUDIO offers exclusive interior products made manually from semi-precious stone in keeping with the best traditions of the Russian stone-cutting school.
PREMIER INTERIOR LLC presented exquisite elements for interior and exterior decoration (furniture, sculptures, panels, fountains, architectural items, etc.) made of natural stone.
URAL STONE CUTTER — FOLK CRAFTS LLC demonstrated original souvenirs made of various types of natural stone.
The Exhibition showcased a great variety of grave-stones produced by companies of the Central Russia (GLOBAL STONE PRODUCTION AND TRADE GROUP OF COMPANIES, FENIX, PAMYATNIKI TTK, ROSE OF SORROW etc.) and a lot of firms from Karelia where these products have been traditionally manufactured: GABBRO, STONE WORKSHIPS OF KARELIA, KARELIAN GRANITE COMPANY, KAREL STONE, PRIRODNY KAMEN, TRADE HOUSE KRONOS etc.
Quarrying machinery and stone processing machinery & equipment composed a big section of the exposition. Nowadays in Russia the machinery made by Italian producers is mostly used. This year as the border with Italy was closed, only a few Italian companies were able to come to the Exhibition. Among them are BRUNEXPORT which offers equipment and complex lines for extraction and processing of natural stone made by MARINI QUARRIES GROUP, TERZAGO, CMG, WIRES ENGEENERING, OMAG, TECHNOSPLIT; PEDRINI that has developed multi-rope machines (32 and 64 ropes) for cutting marble blocks into slabs, polishing machines for marble and granite slabs with width capacity 2.2 meters, systems for hardening brittle and fractured natural stones; PELLEGRINI MECCANICA that offered machinery for extraction of dimensional blocks, diamond wire processing plants for stone cutting, slab surface finishing lines and lifting equipment.
Italian machines and equipment were showcased also at their dealers' stands.
INTERMAC — DONATONI and their Russian dealer YTA LLC presented DONATONI JET 625 — CNC bridge saw with five interpolated axis and vacuum cap grippers which is able to make cuts up to 200 mm and so can be used to make oblique, circular and elliptical cuts. The machine is equipped with a Tools system, controlled by an inventer, that allows using drills and finger cutters. The innovative system of vacuum cap grippers serves to move stone pieces and so helps to simplify operations and increase productivity.
KAMI MACHINE TRADE ASSOCIATION demonstrated the DENVER TECNIKA ELITE machine in a new design as well as the machinery by OMAG. TECHNO-ULMA LLC presented Extra 400 CN2 by GMM — a fully assembled CNC five-axle machine in the complete set with vacuum cap gripper and automatic change of tools by magnet, KPDT-TECHNO LLC exhibited a CNC bridge saw by CMS BREMBANA.
Over the past few decades several factories for production of quarrying and stone processing machinery have been founded in China. Today Chinese manufacturers offer many types of modern stone-processing machines, including diamond multi-wire saws. Such a machine was presented by STONE BEAVER LLC. Machinery and equipment from China were also offered by IMPOS STONE, VEK, SIBIMPEX LK, INDUSTRIAL STONE PROCESSING MACHINES, VSYO DLYA KAMNYA and by the representative office of the Chinese company FUJIAN JULUN MACHINERY. It is very encouraging that Chinese manufacturers work on increasing the quality and lifetime of their products.
NPO EXPERIMENTAL PLANT (city of Rezh) produces quarrying and stone-processing equipment which is in not inferior to Italian analogues in many technical aspects, but has much lower price. Many Russian quarries, as well as those in Turkey, China, India and Africa are equipped with these machines.
Laser and milling engraving machines were one or the core sectors of the Exhibition.
SOFTELECTRONICS LLC displayed three-coordinate machines for engraving patterns on polished granite, gabbro, marble and other materials, SAUNO LLC showcased percussion, milling and laser percussion machines, including the latest automatic machine GRAPHIK-3KM, GRAVER 5 IP exhibited engraving machines equipped with the unit controlling the load on the mill.
BUKLANOV IP (Belarus) demonstrated its own novelty – an air-sand blower ARTYOMKA, which is designed to engrave texts and ornaments as well as to clean the stone.
TDK LLC presented innovative mills by GHINES (Italy).
One also could see various types of auxiliary equipment: e.g. EUROSTONE TECHNOGHY LLC demonstrated FILTERING SYSTEM — an automatic closed cycle water purification system, KONTEKH NPK LLC offered pyrotechnic cartridges-gas generators for overburden operations etc.
A lot of exhibitors presented diamond and abrasive tools. Italian diamond tools manufacturers DIAMOND SERVICE, SUPER SELVA and TECNOSINT SRL took part in the Exhibition by their representative offices in Russia. VSYO DLYA KAMNYA LLC offered tools of ABRIA IRIDE, ALMIR COMPANY LLC – tools of ITALDIAMANT.
Unfortunately, Chinese manufacturers that were always widely present at STONE INDUSTRY could not come this year. The products of some of them were demonstrated by Russian dealers, for example, VSYO DLYA KAMNYA LLC, TDK LLC, etc.
The exposition also included tools made in Russia (SHLIFINSTRUMENT, BELTSOV S.P. IP), Ukraine (VOSTOK DIAMANT, BILYK I.N. IP, DISTAR trademark at the stand of TRADE GROUP TRADE HOUSE) and South Korea (MIRAL GROUP, SANKY (Belarus), ALMI LLC).
SERVICE KAMEN LLC demonstrated diamond tools made by the best world manufacturers — DIAMUT (Italy), EHWA (South Korea), GREEN LINE (China), AKEMI (Germany), etc.
Chemicals for stone maintenance and protection were showcased mainly by Russian dealers of international companies. The leading position in this field is invariably taken by BELLINZONI (Italy) and AKEMI (Germany). A wide range of stone care products of these companies is represented by ALMIR COMPANY LLC. Mastics, adhesives, chemicals for cleaning and protecting natural stone by BELLINZONI attracted a particular attention of visitors. SERVIS KAMEN exhibited glues, impregnating and polishing liquids by ILPA (Italy). A new participant of the Exhibition – CDM-CHEMIE — presented glues, sealers, cleaners and other chemicals made by manufacturers from Germany and Austria. EKIM LLC – an official dealer for ELKAY (Turkey) — offered the wide range of chemicals for stone treatment.
Permanent participants of the exhibition — ALMIR COMPANY LLC and MIRTELS LLC — offered a big variety range of products for stone processing.
ALMIR COMPANY LLC showed at its stand — as usual the biggest at STONE INDUSTRY — saws by ACHILLI, profile cutters by OMA SYSTEM, mastic, adhesives and other chemicals by BELLINZONI, abrasive and diamond grinding segments by ABRASIVI ADRIA, ABRESSA, electric tools by FLEX GALESKI, BOSCH, diamond tools by ITALDIAMANT, stone slabs lifting and transporting fixtures by ABACO, flexible transporters by SOUND-LINE and more. The stand of MIRTELS LLC (CENTER FOR PHOTOCERAMICS TECHNOLOGY) was one of the largest. It is not entirely surprising — the company is rapidly developing and expanding its range of products. Among the novelties introduced this year are MILGRAF CNC Stone Milling Machine for deep engraving on the stone, and ABSOLUT ball-screw percussion engraving machine.
STONE INDUSTRY-2021 included a comprehensive manybusiness events targeted on the industry professionals: scientific and practical conference «Current state and trends of development of the decorative stone industry in Russia», round table «Import of stone to Russia. Customs, logistics, search for partners», seminars for architects and designers «Types of natural stone and options of interior. What and why do professional designers choose», «New technologies and materials for interior design. Alternatives of expensive materials that you did not even know about», «Myths about natural stone. Experience of promotion in the architectural community», «Stone in the interior. Three points of view: designer, supplier, builder», «Natural stone in the interior — lifestyle», «Installation of natural and artificial stone in the interior: mistakes of designers and how builders can correct them». The second day of the Exhibition was announced the Day of Karelia. Companies-participants made presentations of their products, representatives of associations spoke about current state and prospects of development of the stone industry in the region. Dmitry Medyantsev, President of the STONE CENTER ASSOCIATION OF THE RUSSIAN STONE INDUSTRY ENTERPRISES, spoke about the successful reсonstruction of unique monuments in Palmyra (Syria) by professionals from Ural.
The Exhibition got positive assessments of exhibitors and visitors.