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From 21 to 24 May, natural stone, technologies and services, exhibitions and innovation, conventions and conferences in the event that places the Made in Italy brand at the centre of world attention. Marble varieties and technologies from the Chinese region of Yunfu to be present officially for an international comparison across the board.
The 32nd year of CarraraMarmotec, which will take place from 21 to 24 May, will once again be a great event for the promotion of marble and granite, technologies and services. It will also be the point of reference for Italian companies and districts that quarry or process natural stone and help to make the industry an important player in the national economy.
In 2013, Italy exported 4,271,962 tons of stone materials for a total value of 1,932,320,029 Euros, an increase in quantity of 2.24% and a growth of 6.73% in value. It thereby generated a trade surplus of over 1.5 billion Euros, an increase of 10% on 2012, confirming a positive trend that has developed over some years now. All this helps to create a favourable scenario, even if the domestic market shows no signs of a turnaround. Marmotec (www.carraramarmotec.com), with its exhibitors, high number and quality of visitors and important conferences and debates, will be an important opportunity to understand current market trends and use of materials.
The participation of large natural stone and technology companies is attracting the attention of the many confirmed visitors from all over the world. The Innovation Corner in particular is arousing great interest. CarraraFiere set this up to promote what is new in the field of innovation for machinery and stone quarrying and processing. Innovation will also feature in the full calendar of side events, which will involve all aspects of the stone industry nationally and internationally.
"This is all very comforting to hear because it reflects the ability of companies to carry out research and innovation, a fundamental strategic choice since it leads to constant product improvement that is necessary to compete on the markets. What we can expect from the exhibition – said the CarraraFiere Chairman, Fabio Felici – is top quality in terms of exhibitors and much attention from Italian and foreign operators. All is in place for an important exhibition this year, when a recovery of the most important industries is expected, starting from the building industry. Over recent years, which have proven difficult, companies have worked hard and invested: their participation in CarraraMarmotec with the best materials and technologies is a sign of confidence that must be understood and supported accordingly."
Only on the last few days before Marmotec will we have the exact number of exhibitors. However, they will include an official group from the Indian state of Guyarat as well as a group of Chinese companies from the province of Yunfu with materials and technologies. There will be the official participation of districts such as Verbania, Valdossola and the consortium that promotes Etna lava stone and a group of companies from Massa Carrara coordinated and supported by the Chamber of Commerce too.
The main features of the exhibition will be marble, granite, stone, travertine from all over the world with many new materials and other already well-known ones from countries such as France, Iran, Egypt, China, Greece, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, just to mention some of the most significant.
Therefore, a true showroom of raw materials and finished products, technologies and services, but also a great event for business, research, design: in short, the culture and excellence of natural stone that point to the district of Tuscany. With its 130 active white marble quarries and 1000 companies that specialise in stone processing and the production of technologies, Tuscany has always been the international reference for natural stone.
It is a real system that integrates with the technology and marble companies that have proven excellence in the field and catalyse the attention of operators around the world.
Thanks to the work on behalf of the ICE, Toscana Promozione, the Chambers of Commerce of Lucca and Massa Carrara and Unicredit, several foreign delegations have been organised. In total, over 200 carefully selected operators will be at the trade fair in official delegations, as part of programmes and meetings tailored to meet individual needs in order to optimise time and maximise the economic impact of visits aimed at the creation of new business.
“It is the result of our work involving the participation in trade fairs around the world to keep up the visibility of our event - says Paris Mazzanti, CarraraFiere’s General Manager - but also to identify new partners in both trade associations and institutions and in the companies that see the Tuscan marble district as a partner of reference. In recent months, we have seen an even stronger interest than in the past from operators in the Mediterranean area, which traditionally see Carrara as a consolidated reference. It is also very important to highlight, though, the presence of companies in the technology sector, a sign of confidence in the recovery of investment and thus a further step forward in the sector from the point of view of competitiveness too."
CarraraMarmotec will once again present an official programme of events and activities that offer all categories of visitors the opportunity to explore the most topical issues regarding the technical, scientific and commercial aspects of the industry.
The official programme (online http://www.carraramarmotec.com/uk/visiting/programma-eventi-2014.asp) includes numerous important technical and scientific events.
Wednesday, 21 May, after the official opening at 11.00 am, in the Services Centre, at 3 p.m. is the meeting on the value of stone districts for the national economy, organised by Internazionale Marmi e Macchine and Confindustria Marmomacchine with CNR, GEI (Group of Corporate economists). On Thursday, 22 May at 10.30 a.m. in the Marble Library, the technical conference entitled Safety from the project to the management of the natural stone quarries by ANIM (the Italian Association of Mining Engineers) will be held. At 10 a.m. in the Michelangelo hall is the event "Giving value to our work" - Presentation of the European CPNL (the national Joint Committee on natural stone) by ANEPLA, Confindustria Marmomacchine, FENEAL UIL, FILCA, CISL and FILLEA CGIL to develop strategies that give greater visibility to the work carried out in the natural stone industry. At 2.30 p.m., there will be a private meeting of the trade Associations of the Mediterranean countries organised by IMM and Confindustria Marmomacchine for a comparison of common policies and strategies.
On Friday, May 23 at 9.30 a.m. (Head Offices room), the presentation of the results of the project "RECYSLURRY" for the promotion and recycling of waste products during the processing of natural stones by IMM Carrara will be held. The best practices in use in the different European stone districts will be illustrated along with the innovative aspects of the pilot treatment plant developed during the project. The issues of sustainability of natural stone and its competitiveness as a building material will also be addressed.
Among the most awaited events is the presentation of the "Stone Sector 2014", a publication providing statistics and reflections on the trends in the world trade of stone edited by IMM in collaboration with the ICE (Agency for the promotion abroad and the internationalisation of Italian firms) in the Marble Library beginning at 10.30 am.
At 2.30 p.m. in the Head Offices main hall, “Mediterranean Stone" – the 1st stone convention of the stone associations in the Mediterranean by IMM and Confindustria Marmomacchine will take place, a public meeting to present a "position paper" with the results of round-tables on various issues. The aim is to draft an industrial strategy that reflects the needs of the major producing countries in the stone industry in the Mediterranean on aspects and issues relating to the major producing and processing countries and the possibility to define common policies in support of Mediterranean Stone aimed at protecting the value of the raw material.
At 2.30 p.m., as always in the Marble Library, there will be the prize-giving ceremony for the winners of the Marble Architectural Awards - MAA 2014, the international competition for architects, planners and designers who have used Italian stone materials or stone processed in Italy in their works. This will be followed by the presentation of the winning works and a visit to the exhibition showing their works.
To conclude the events, there will be the conference on Stone materials of Versilia Medicea (2.30 p.m., Service Centre room) prepared by the Regional Park of the Apuan Alps and (from 3.30 p.m. in the Board meeting room) the Annual Meeting of the Association of Women in Marble who will be meeting as usual at CarraraMarmotec.