Slate quarrying is up there along with coal mining and sheep farming as one of the most important industries for Wales.
There is the legacy of the quarrying communities themselves, Bethesda, Llanberis, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Dyffryn Nantlle, have their own special character and the towns have developed almost literally in the shadow of the slate industry and have bred a certain outlook of its inhabitants.
But is the quarrying industry really poised for a comeback?
PMV visited GENAVCO's Dubai office to learn more about the current landscape of the quarrying industry, and to ask what it will take to rejuvenate this flagging sector.
It's a winding little residential road, and the implications of access by lorries of the size used in quarrying
operations are just too appalling to contemplate.
This excess of supply in the pipeline makes a nonsense of government efforts to protect communities and the countryside from unnecessary quarrying.
Mineral planning authorities are powerless to alter the rate of quarrying at active sites without paying substantial compensation to quarry operators.
If these guidelines are stuck to, it would destroy the quarrying industry and put a lot of people out of work.
The DETR must drop its proposals and start acting rationally so that the quarrying industry can continue to supply our essential products to the best practicable environmental standards.
The Romans were probably the first to quarry hard stone in the area but the greatest impact of quarrying came centuries later.
There's some doubt whether quarrying continued after this, but the Premier Stone Company nearby surely used stone quarried in the Moorwood area as aggregate for their concrete lintels, paving slabs, kerbstones.
He is regarded as a leading expert in stone quarrying
, production technology and design.