“Airbus” Tariff Could Hit EU Stone and Quartz

WASHINGTON -- New tariffs could effectively double the base price of quartz surfaces and a large amount of natural-stone shipments from European Union (EU) members later this year.

The proposed imports duties on granite, travertine and unclassified “other” stone, along with quartz surfaces, stem from an October 2004 complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) by the United States concerning subsidies of European aircraft manufacturer Airbus Industrie.

Marble and other calcareous stone are not included in the long list of “countermeasure” products subject to a possible tariff of up to 100%. The tariffs would hit hardest on Spain and Italian stone/quartz exports.

LPI Celebrates 25th Anniversary

ROMEOVILLE, Ill.– In 2019, LPI marks 25 years in innovative digital-measuring solutions for companies in stone and various other industries.

Founded by Dan Louis in 1994, LPI was created on the premise of helping people by making their jobs easier, understanding how cumbersome it was to measure countertops, cabinets and rooms in general.

He also wanted to provide job opportunities for American workers and their families.

Led by its popular Laser Templator laser-measuring system, LPI has sold more than 6,000 systems throughout the world that have helped thousands of companies increase their productivity.