CINZEL STONEWORKS, new Portuguese design in stone

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CINZEL has just launched their maiden line of designed stone products in this year’s edition of MAISON&OBJET. In their own words, CINZEL is natural stone worked with passion into a young and bold design – A new brand intended for fun and beauty in furniture and decorative items.

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CINZEL – Calçada product line

CINZEL’s first collection is inspired in the Portuguese ‘Calçada’ – street pavement made of irregular hand cut stone cubes, traditionally in a mix of black and white (cobblestone). It will be focused on interiors furniture and decorative objects.

The collection is inspired by ‘Calçada’ contrasts, namely:

  • Fragmentation vs. Continuity
  • Unity vs. Duality
  • Regular vs. Irregular

The color selection is also aligned with the Portuguese ‘Calçada’. Three Portuguese marble types were selected:

  • Ruivina (black),
  • Estremoz Branco (White) and
  • Pele de Tigre (white with grey veining).

CECILE MESTELANJOANA CONCEIÇÃO, MARIANA ESTEVES SERRA are the designers behind this collection and INÊS MARTINS of Mármores Central Porto de Mós, the project’s soul, four women in the forefront of Portuguese stone.

 

Vitória Stone Fair – NEW DATES

Novas datas para a Feira de Vitória – 6 a 9 de Junho 2017

News release just received:

Vitoria Stone Fair | Marmo+mac Latin America 2017 will take place from 6 – 9 June 2017, in Espirito Santo – Brazil. The event is considered the largest stone exhibition in Latin America and the most objective, economical and efficient way to develop business in Brazil, Latin America and the global stone sector.
The fair brings together an exuberant showcase, with several types of materials with colors and unique textures. Also, novelties in machinery, equipment and stone accessories for the industry. The event attracts buyers from all continents, from importers to exporters, looking for machinery, accessories and services.

Vitória Stone Fair website

 

Feira de Vitória cancelada; Vitoria Stone Fair cancelled

A feira de Vitória, uma das mais importantes feiras de pedra natural no mundo, certamente a mais importante no continente sul-americano, tem sua edição deste ano cancelada devido à situação de insegurança vivida no Estado do Espírito Santo, Brasil.

The Vitoria Stone Fair, one of the key natural stone fairs in the international calendar has been cancelled due to the current insecurity situation in Espirito Santo (Brazil). This situation arose due to a police force strike.

The Portuguese Natural Stone industry

A short updated summary

Portugal is an old and important natural stone producer and exporter – 380 M USD in 2015 (roughly over 70% of it as finished products) being, on a per capita basis, the largest world exporter. The country’s stone exports have a high added value, its average price being one of (if not) the largest in the world.

The Portuguese natural stone production is diversified, ranging from marble and limestone quarried in the South and Centre of the country to granites in the Centre and North of Portugal. The country also has an important stone manufacturing base, with factories located near Lisbon (Pero Pinheiro) and in the main quarrying centres. The country is also a manufacturer of specialized equipment and machinery for the stone industry.

The natural stone industry is fragmented, being composed mostly of family owned businesses.

All these factors (abundant, diversified sources, widespread know-how, relatively low capital intensive) contributed along millennia to a stone culture in the country – Portugal has the largest concentration of pre-historic stone monuments in Europe and natural stone is used in virtually every single house in Portugal.

The country is well placed to be a trade platform between Europe, Africa and the Americas (with all of which Portugal has important historical, cultural and economic ties), with good transport infrastructure (notably the Sines deep water harbour and an excellent road network) and competitive specialized manpower.

You may download this in pdf format (and tables) from here The Portuguese Natural Stone industry – a short summary. You may also read more herehere and elsewhere in this blog (just use the search tool, here). For more detailed information drop me a line at luischambel@sinese.pt.

 

Guanambi (Bahia, BRAZIL): granite and cacti land

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Thirteen years ago I travelled into Bahia’s (Brazil) hinterland to evaluate ornamental granite deposits. It was a very short stay (36 hours counting the flights to and from Lisbon).
In following years, I travelled by land to the region (either en route to Chapada Diamantina or as a final destination) but the first impressions of granite massifs and cacti are still vivid (photos here).
It’s a poor region with a beautiful arid nature and warm people. Visit if you can; if not, you may read Jorge Amado’s works (my favourite Brazilian author). Doing both is even better.

If you ever travel there, don’t miss Salvador life and cultural heritage and Bahia’s beaches. Carpe diem.

The Portuguese mineral industry – update

Portugal has a long tradition in the mining industry (in our European heartland and, during our long and rich History, in other territories in South America, Africa, Asia). Romans mined (gold and other metals, natural stone) in what is now the Portuguese territory and before them the Celts and Phoenicians.

The  Portuguese mining industry is now built around three main pillars:

  1. The natural stone sector (with hundreds of active marble, granite and limestone quarries and high quality manufacturing centers – we are the largest per capita natural stone exporter: market research here).
  2. The metals (especially Au and W – in the country’s north and center – and Cu-Zn in VMS Iberian Pyrite Belt – in the south).
  3. Industrial rocks and minerals (kaolinite, felspar, aggregates, etc.).

There are several active exploration – evaluation projects (base metals, gold, tungsten) in the country and high potential for lithium and other mineral commodities. To know more about our mineral industry, just read Mineral Resources of Portugal, the latest official statistical information or, better still, contact us at luischambel@sinese.pt.

Portuguese infrastructure is first-class and where else do you find warmer people and weather and better food and wine?

Going to PDAC – meet and talk

A last minute decision – I am traveling to Toronto to attend PDAC 2016.

It’s the perfect place to meet and talk: Angola, Mozambique, Brazil and Portugal, diamond and other gems, Nb-Ta and other pegmatite minerals, tungsten, gold, ferrous and base metal deposits, industrial minerals, natural stone. Challenges and opportunities.

Where and when can we meet? luischambel@sinese.pt

 

 

Exploração de calcário em zonas cársticas

Guia de boas práticas em discussão pública

Guia_conultaA Sociedade Brasileira de Espeleologia disponibilizou a versão preliminar do Guia de Boas Práticas de Mineração de Calcário em Áreas Cársticas e convida todos a participar enviando críticas, comentários e sugestões.

(a Terra é de todos; neste caso, este Guia está à disposição de todos os falantes da língua de Camões, Pessoa e Vinícius – que todos contribuamos para a versão final com as nossas ideias, comentários e sugestões)

Este Guia é uma importante iniciativa da Cooperação Técnica entre a Votorantim Cimentos, a Sociedade Brasileira de Espeleologia e a Reserva da Biosfera da Mata Atlântica que reafirma o seu compromisso de propor soluções inovadoras para o desenvolvimento económico com responsabilidade social e ambiental.

Elaborado por uma equipa de especialistas de diversas áreas do conhecimento, os seus principais objetivos são a proposta de práticas mais sustentáveis e menos danosas para a atuação das mineradoras em áreas cársticas e permitir a avaliação cíclica do processo de mineração em áreas de karst.

Neste momento, a Sociedade Brasileira de Espeleologia convida todos a partilhar das suas opiniões, sugestões e visões sobre o documento. Para tanto, sugere que usemos a ficha de consulta disponível neste link e encaminhemos a nossa contribuição para o e-mail cooperacaotecnica@cavernas.org.br até dia 03 de janeiro de 2016.

Pedra Natural 2015 – Competitividade das empresas portuguesas: Inquérito

Continuando a iniciativa desenvolvida em 2013 e 2014, a Sínese em associação com a ASSIMAGRA e, a partir deste ano, com o CEVALOR, lança agora a versão de 2015 do estudo da competitividade das empresas portuguesas do sector da Pedra Natural.

  • Quais os principais problemas que a sua empresa enfrenta?
  • A atividade da sua empresa cresceu, manteve-se ou diminuiu em 2014?
  • Quais são as expectativas para 2015?

Responda ao inquérito clicando AQUI. O tempo médio de resposta à totalidade do inquérito é de 10 minutos.

São convidadas a participar neste estudo as mais importantes empresas portuguesas de rochas ornamentais. O estudo pretende conhecer a perspectiva e experiência das empresas portuguesas nos mercados externos e a situação relativa à atividade e aos custos internos das empresas. O inquérito demora cerca de dez minutos a preencher.
A sua participação neste inquérito é completamente voluntária. É muito importante para nós conhecer a sua opinião. As suas respostas são estritamente confidenciais.

Inquérito Competitividade 2015

Os principais resultados de 2013 e 2014 estão publicados neste blog: Resultados anteriores.