The Marble Institute of America (MIA) and the Asociación de Empresarios del Mármol de Andalucía (AEMA) will collaborate to create a Spanish translation of MIA’s Dimension Stone Design Manual, Version 8. The translated manual will then be made available in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries.

"This partnership will help AEMA regulate and control the quality of products from our member companies, as well as position the Macael brand in the U.S.," said Antonio Martinez, AEMA' president.

The Dimension Stone Design Manual features stone industry standards and technical specifications, as well as general information on stone installation, uses and maintenance. It showcases the standards and specifications necessary for international companies to better understand the U.S. market. The joint copyright for the Spanish version will be owned by AEMA and MIA.

"Translating the Dimension Stone Design Manual into Spanish will make it available to a much wider audience and help MIA broaden its international scope," said Dan Rea, MIA board president.

This is the second time that MIA and AEMA have collaborated. In the fall of 2014, AEMA recognized MIA with the Institution Award in the 28th annual Macael Awards for its work on industry safety.

According to Martinez, the Spanish version of the Dimension Stone Design Manual is expected to be completed and available to the public by January.

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