AStA Brochure

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ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION A.St.A. WORLD-WIDE A.St.A. WORLD-WIDE’s vision is for an industry whose operations and products meet society’s environmental and social performance expectations. Any companies that share this goal are welcome to join A.St.A. WORLD-WIDE. A.St.A. WORLD-WIDE and its members have adopted the following principles of business ethics and made them a guide for themselves in their operations, manners and behaviours: • They have respect for human honour, human rights, constitutional and social values and are against any and all kinds of discrimination. • They are apt to improve democracy and to bring into being any democratic rights with the sense of responsibility in accordance with modern legal principles in the business life. • They are conscious of joint responsibility in order to protect the equilibrium in the nature and to ensure the sustainability thereof and observe the environmental impact in their operations. • They consider goodwill and business ethics as an indispensable principle accompanying their operations in their business relationships and deem it their duty to fight any bribery and irregularity. • They consider having responsibility towards the society to be a virtue and a value which enriches their operations. 2
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ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION A.St.A. WORLD-WIDE ACTIVITY • Promoting increasing solidarity and collaboration between the Members, with the purpose of guaranteeing common interests in every field; • Developing relationship with national and international institutions and all the legislative bodies in order to protect the interests of the Members and the whole sector; • Safeguarding the sector’s interests regarding material, energy, financial and human resources; • Promoting technological innovation of the process with reference to safety, workplace and its healthiness. Promoting researches aimed at re-using by-products and industrial waste matters, as well as searching and managing dumps for disposal of manufacture waste matters; • Promoting the development and the evolution of products and services, taking specific care of technical and legislative aspects, as well as of the approval and quality standards certification. Organizing promotional campaigns and participation into national and international trade shows; • Developing external relations through relationships with communications media, studies, debates, conferences and conventions, promoting also the publication of magazines, monographs, booklets and technical manuals, and so on; • Collaborating with Associations and bodies interested in the development of the construction industry throughout the study and solving of technical and economical problems related to the use and diffusion of products manufactured by the Members. Promoting and/or joining national sector’s Federations; • Promoting and taking care of relationships with foreign Associations and industries working in the industrial sector represented, eventually joining international Associations or promoting their establishment; • Within the limits of the Statute, designating representatives in all bodies and commissions in which the delegation is requested or however is useful. 3
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ABOUT THE PRODUCT THE PRODUCT The agglomerated stones (also called “engineered stones”) are industrial products manufactured from a mixture of aggregates, mainly coming from marble, quartz, granite and other natural stones, in large amount (up to 95%); chemical additives functional to the process, pigments and a binder, generally polyester resin, added in the minimum quantity just to assure the complete bonding between filler and particles. The production consists of a mixing phase followed by molding under vacuum by compression and simultaneous vibration of the mixture. A subsequent hardening phase, conduced at room temperature or at medium temperature in suitable kilns, allows to the mixture to reach the final stone consistency. The products are realized in forms of blocks or slabs, which are transformed in finished slabs for counter tops, tiles for floorings and wall coverings and other architectural elements. 8
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ABOUT THE PRODUCT AGGLOMERATED STONES AGGLOMERATED STONES are for all intents and purposes COMPOSITE MATERIALS made up of Granulated material: which forms the structure; Powder: which fills the interstitial spaces; Binding agents: which cement the product; Additives and pigments: which confer the desired technical and aesthetic traits. AGGLOMERATED STONES can be manufactured in the following sizes: • Slabs up to almost 4.5 m2 of surface area (thickness from 12 to 30 mm); •  Blocks of more than 3 m3 in volume. The advantages of the AGGLOMERATED STONES are: •  The range of colours is practically infinite; • The product is reproducible, thanks to industrial production, which has overcome the limit of a specific locality of origin of the raw materials; •  Particularly high technical characteristics. 9
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IN COLLABORATION WITH Eura Abrasivos Spain, S.L. Tel. +34 93 862 79 30 - Fax +34 93 862 79 31 - Pina Abrasive India Pvt Ltd Ph. +91 08576 366834 - Fax +91 08576 306831
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Via del Marmo, 919 - 37020 Volargne - Verona (ITALY) ph. +39.045.6888474 - mob. +39.335.8080799 e-mail: -
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