Stone Technology Centre (STC) is a private organization, which was set up by Mr. K. Vikram in 1983 initially to publish books on dimension stones. Mr. K. Vikram has been involved in all facets of dimension stone industry – geology, mining, processing, domestic marketing and exports and has almost 25 years of experience in India and abroad. STONE PANORAMA is a publication of STC. The company has been working in the field of Dimension Stones for the last 25 years.
Stone Technology Centre is now involved in the following activities:-
(a) Engineering & Consultancy: Preparation of pre-feasibility report, conducting market research and market surveys, ascertaining potential of a product in a country, setting up marble/granite/slate/sandstone quarries and processing plants, manufacture of artifacts, providing information on foreign collaboration as well as fiscal incentives for setting up foreign units in India etc. STC of its own has done many projects in India and abroad. Reconnaissance surveys have also been done along with geological investigations on the deposits in India. STC has expertise to set up complete project from inception till production.
(b) Publications: 1) Stone Industry in India, 2) Directory of Dimensional Stones, 3) Pashan-A Buyer’s Guide for Dimensional Stones, 4) Export Potential of Dimension Stones, 5) Slate: The Wonder Stone, and 6) The Rajasthan Dimension Stone Industry: Opportunities Galore, “Fair Planner: International Fairs on Dimension Stones”, which is a review of all world events in the field of dimension stones, is published every year since 1996. It is an annual thoroughly researched publication. Stone Panorama is a quarterly magazine, which is the best from Asia with probably the 2nd largest distribution in the world. It would be entering into its 14th year of publication with January, 2011 issue. STC is also involved in preparing special reports/surveys for other international magazines from time to time.
(c) Research & Development Work: STC carries out special research on few topics of international interest from time to time. It gets various tests done at National Test Houses for stones. Some of these are based on availability of funding from different sources.
(d) Training: STC has conducted training programme for quarry workers earlier. It has the capability of conducting training programme on processing, domestic marketing, exports etc.
(e) Recruitment of Manpower: It also assists Indian and foreign companies in recruiting suitable technical manpower – quarry and processing operators, supervisors, managers etc.
(f) International Fairs Marketing: STC has been involved in the marketing of different International fairs, all over the world like MARBLE, Turkey, STONEX, Cairo, Egypt, Carra Marmotec, Italy, Xiamen Stone Fair, China, STONE TECH SHANGHAI, InterKamien, Poland, Expostone, Russia, and many others