5/10/10 – Marmomacc gathers momentum
5 October 2010
Marmomacc is an exhibition that strongly focuses on the Italian stone industry. The International marble, natural stone, design and technologies exhibition highlights a field that in Italy alone ensures employment for about 60 thousand people in 11 thousand industrial and craftsman companies generating an overall volume of business of 3 billion euros.
The exhibition this year welcomes more 1,500 exhibitors (798 international from 56 countries, +9% compared to 2009) with new attendance by the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Rumania and the Ukraine over a net occupied show area in excess of 76 thousand square metres (172,500 gross). These are the countries of origin of exhibiting companies: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, South Korea, Croatia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Great Britain, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mexico, Montenegro, Norway, Holland, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Portugal, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Rumania, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, United States, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.
In terms of trade sectors, the exhibition centrehad areas for machines and technologies; tools, abrasives and chemical products; marbles, granites and design. Close collaboration continues between Marmomacc and StonExpo in Las Vegas, the most important event in North America, as well as with companies and associations to identify other interesting markets for Italian stones and machinery.
In keeping with tradition, Marmomacc focused major attention on appointments of a cultural character that allow designers and architects all over the world to discover applications of excellence using stones and marbles. In this context, mention can be made not only of traditional appointments such as “Marmomacc meets Design”, that this year will have theme "Irregular Exceptional" and the Best Communicator Award, but also the Degree Thesis Award "Landscape, architecture and stone design” conceived and organised by VeronaFiere in collaboration with the Verona Order of Architects. Mention can be made, lastly, of the meeting in which US architect of Italian origin Loretta Fulvio, Vice-President and senior interior designer at Hks Studio,talked abouthow marble, to a large extent Italian, has become the protagonist in the construction of the legendary Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.
Training courses with international institutions. Marmomacc, over the last 4 years, has intensified its role and training provider by implementing collaborations and partnerships with several Italian Universities and a number of international institutions.
In the first half-year 2010, overall Italian exports of marbles and granites (blocks and semi-finished goods) came to almost 771 million Euro compared to 724 million Euro in the first half of 2009 (+6.0%); while total imports settled at 378 million Euro against 333 millions in the same period 2009 (+14.0%). In detail, exports of unhewn materials grew from 157 million euro in the first six months of 2009 to 199 millions in the same period 2010 (+27.0%); imports of unfinished material also improved, to 309 million Euro against 272 millions euro in the same period last year (+14.0%). As regards processed materials (finished goods), exports in the first half-year 2010 came to 572 million euro compared to 567 million euro (+1.0%); imports of finished products posted 69 million euro compared to 61 million euro last year (+13.0%).
The results in the half-year statistical confirm a significant recovery in 2010 for Italian exports of quarrying and stone processing technologies. In the first half of this year, statistics processed by the Confindustria-Marmomamacchine Study Centre show that Italian exports in the sector came to 402.9 million Euro, up by 28.9% compared to 312.5 millions for the same period in the previous year. This important recovery was especially driven by demand from China and countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Analysis of the ranking of the top buyers of Italian stone technologies, the most significant result is the confirmation of the colossal Asian player as the leading market for Italian exports in the sector, with orders coming to 36.5 million Euro (+79.4% compared to the first six months of 2009).