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Beltrami and Brachot joining forces

Harelbeke/Deinze (Belgium). Effective 10 November 2017, the shares of the Beltrami Group, an international natural stone wholesaler with sites in Belgium (Harelbeke and Bruges), the UK and France, have been transferred to the Brachot-Hermant Group. The transfer promises to produce a stronger market position and an in-crease in scale both for Beltrami and Stoneasy.com and for Brachot. This attests to the continuity and on-going consolidation taking place in the natural stone and construction sector.

Trendalert! Let's talk Terrazzo

BTL White Carrara Pebble
BTL Ceppo
BTL Massa White
BTL Nero Ebano
BTL Pebble Black
Beltrami inspires, innovates and fascinates. In reaction to the latest interior trends, Beltrami is now bringing back the vintage terrazzo look and feel with panache.

Discover high-quality, sustainable marble mosaic slabs made of marble chips and cement binding agent in the new Beltrami Terrazzo Line (or BTL for short).

The BTL slab line is available in five varieties, with a thickness of 2-3 cm, dimensions of 305 x 125 cm and a honed or brossato finish.

So what is it that really makes the new Beltrami Terrazzo Line stand out? Its unbridled creativity: with all its different shapes and colours, it offers endless aesthetic possibilities for decoration, wall claddings or interior floors.

5 references
BTL White Carrara Pebble
BTL Ceppo
BTL Massa White
BTL Nero Ebano
BTL Pebble Black

Honed or brossato

305 x 125 cm
2 - 3 cm thickness

Beltrami and ethical trade

A recent study on labour practices in South Indian quarries resulted in a critical report called 'The Dark Sites of Granite' and published on Wednesday 23 August. Beltrami UK is mentioned with reports of risk of bonded labour and lack of health provisions for casual workers in two particular quarries. However, no child labour was found as well as wages and overtime were recorded to be correctly paid.

Despite our many years of active commitment to make profound improvements in our Indian supply chain, we obviously regret but also acknowledges that we still have a long road to go. As a response to the report, we will push for more transparency deeper down in our supply chain and continue to work together with TFT towards improved working conditions. Read more about the TFT Transparancy hub. 

Nonetheless, we would like to highlight that a lot of good work has been done already. Together with India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) and London Stone Ltd, we are working step by step to eliminate child labour in the production of sandstone cobbles. Over the past two years, we managed to take 600 children out of work and into school.

Read our blog on the website http://nochildleftbehind.co.uk/ to find out more about this project.


Polygone Rivièra: village in the city (creation)

70,000 m2, 4 different districts, 10 cinema screens, 26 restaurants and 150 shops: those are the impressive figures of the newest commercial centre on the French south coast. Polygone Riviera is the first lifestyle mall in France. It is an experience centre rather than a traditional shopping centre, a total concept along the long Avenue des Alpes in the coastal town of Cagnes-sur-Mer. The first stone was laid 2 years ago. One thousand maple and plane trees were planted and now the newest flagship of the Riviera is ready to welcome up to 10 million visitors annually.

The building's architecture is contemporary with simple shapes and Provencal colours. An innovative concept means innovative architecture. Of course this includes sustainability. The pet subject of architects Philippe Caron and José Ignacio Galan Martinez was the Breaam certificate, which rewards buildings for their reduced impact on the environment and society. It is hardly surprising that natural stone was chosen for this project. The Beltrami Sud team in Fréjus was responsible for the timely and flexible delivery.

More than 10,000 m2 natural stone:
Pepperino Dark flamed, Twilight flamed basalt, Galaxy Grey flamed.
Different dimensions: 20 x 20 x 4 cm, 40 x 40 x 4 cm, 60 x 40 x 4 cm, 60 x 60 x 4 cm, 60 x 30 x 4 cm, 60 x 50 x 4 cm

Delivery: Beltrami Sud, Fréjus (South of France)
Placement: Marbrerie Azuréenne from Saint-Laurent-du-Var

Beltrami and Sustainable Natural Stone

Beltrami generally describes Sustainable Natural Stone as stone that is mined, produced and traded in an honourable way with respect for people and the environment. Sometimes the term is also described as ‘ethical' or ‘responsible stone'. Beltrami is fully committed to ensure its products meet the standards of Sustainable Natural Stone.

MEGA TILES: Size matters

Big, bigger, biggest... The trend of exceptional XXL sizes is definitely here to stay. The success of this interior design trend is based on the idea that large tiles create an optical effect that makes the room appear visually larger.

Another reason why Mega Tiles are so popular is the contemporary style that they bring to your interior and exterior. These exceptional sizes suit a clean, sleek, often minimalist style of living perfectly, but can also be integrated easily into a more rural, traditional setting.

With the introduction of its Mega Tiles, Beltrami is expanding its selective quality range of natural stone within the existing series Pepperino Dark and Twilight. Even newcomerNero Santiago already includes tiles in the XXL format.