Who we are

Celebrating 20 years

In 2023, Stone Initiatives is celebrating 20 years of providing expert testing, analysis and guidance on the use of dimension stone. We are proud to have helped clients across Australia and around the world, whether it be to select the right stone for their project or prepare their product for market.

Natural stone is at the heart of our business and we are passionate about ensuring it is used responsibly and sustainably in new built environment projects. We are honoured to have contributed to the care and maintenance of some of the country’s most valued heritage items.

Thank you to our clients, partners and collaborators on supporting us to achieve this 20-year milestone. We look forward to continuing to work with you.

Experienced, knowledgeable, high-quality testing and evaluation

Stone Initiatives is a NATA-accredited testing and evaluation company that specialises in dimension stone and related architectural building materials. We offer testing and evaluation in the fields of surface finishes, heritage, slip resistance, and facades and cladding. We work closely with the architectural, conservation and building industries to help you minimise risk, meet project requirements and make informed choices for the success of your product.

Our services include:

  • determination of the physical properties of dimension stone and related products
  • selection and sourcing of stone
  • durability and weathering assessment of stone and related product
  • detailed investigation into stone and construction material failures
  • performance and development of quality assurance programs and specifications

Our reports are different

Once testing is complete, our reports are more than just numbers: We provide scientifically backed insights and useful results that are easy to understand. Our reporting and evaluation is tailored to your needs. We evaluate testing data to reveal the full potential of your product; the report can include recommendations for possible uses and a market comparison, allowing you to focus your marketing for maximum results. This essential knowledge will allow you to market, specify and use your product with added confidence.

Our experience, specialised knowledge, high-quality services and useful results mean we are recognised as one of the predominant materials testing facilities in the Australasian region.

I can’t stress how important practical advice and detailed descriptions of results are. Many organisations complete the test, hand over your results and leave you to it … they are practically impossible to interpret. This is where Jim and his team excel. I’m never been left scratching my head or feeling stupid for asking even the most elementary question.

James McCarthy, Co-founder, Gather Co.

Our commitment to you

Stone Initiatives recognises that a client wants:

  • high quality service at a competitive price,
  • their needs to be dealt with efficiently, competently and confidentially,
  • to be kept informed about the progress of their work,
  • their samples to be handled safely and securely,
  • to converse with someone knowledgeable and interested in their requirements, and
  • to deal with someone who is committed to quality and dedicated to fulfilling their needs.

We aim to fulfil the needs of our clients and we pride ourselves in being a leader in our field.

Our mission

Stone Initiatives will at all times actively respond to the changing needs of our clients in a confidential and professional manner. Our mission is to assist our clients in the production and specification of quality procedures and products for use in the built environment by providing a comprehensive and innovative materials testing and consulting service.