Subtops: What's Under That Porcelain?


Still doing touch-up after that final pass with the CNC? Maybe you need to tell your machine about the state of your tooling..

Fabricator Focus


A conversation with Ron Horn at Colorado Custom Stone in Denver, and the challenges of working the commercial market.

Shipping: The After-Effects of COVID-19

U.S. Hard-Surface Imports, First Quarter 2021


Fabricators enjoy a steady flow of customers, but finding hard surfaces for them -- and at reasonable costs -- may be the new struggle.


The details on a billion-dollar (in customs value) start to the year with imported natural stone, quartz surface and porcelain..

Vol. 4, No. 5

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Think that tariffs are pushing China out of the U.S. hard-surfaces market? Not with natural stone.

News Highlights


Polycor announces its 2025 goal to be carbon.neutral. Also, there's a new plant for Quantra production; Silestone® gets a revamped logo; and Turkish stone and tile may face a new tariff..

The Safe Shop


Everyone in the backshop needs to keep safety in sight when it comes to visual protection.

SFA: What's the Answer?


Can the Stone Fabricators Alliance pinpointe precision settings for a Polish polishing machine?.



The zero sag of Surface Bonder Zero from Integra Adhesives means that only exactly what's need for clamping is used -- resulting in less waste and less clean-up.

Product Talk


Our regular guide to goods and services for the hard-surfaces industry.


Stone Update Magazine offers audio versions of selected articles on one easy-to-access page.

The Directory

Find the solution you need for your business.


The when and where of events and education for the industry.

Advertising Index

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On the cover: Kitchen countertop of PentalQuartz Arctic at a Denver real-estate firm. Photo courtesy Colorado Custom Stone.