More than 60% of buyers travelling from abroad. The event confirms its status as the global hub for promotion and trade in the natural stone value chain
More business, contacts, internationality, product culture and training. Marmomac consigns the four-day event at Veronafiere to history with a yet another edition of growth on all fronts, once again confirming its status as the world-leading event for the entire natural stone value chain, from unhewn and finished materials to technology, processing accessories and experimentation in fields such as design and architecture.
«Facts and figures for the 52nd Marmomac confirm its role of leadership for global trade in this sector," said Maurizio Danese, President of Veronafiere. We're talking about 1,650 companies (64% international from 56 countries attended the trade fair) attracting 68,000 operators from 147 countries. This edition also achieved the objective of expanding business for natural stone companies that concluded important contracts and signed orders for materials and technologies alike».
Marmomac, as a b2b promotion platform, especially plays a strategic role for Italian stone industry products, which achieves almost 75% of turnover abroad. In 2015, the Government included the exhibition in its Special Made in Italy Promotion Plan and, on the opening day this year, heard the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economic Development, Ivan Scalfarotto, renew the commitment to extend the funding made available also in 2018.
Internationality was also one of the main guidelines of Marmomac 2017, as Giovanni Mantovani, CEO & Director General of Veronafiere explained: "Once again, attendance by international operators came to than 60% of total, thereby reflecting the evolution of international markets and confirming Marmomac as a global platform for trade and promotion of the entire natural stone value chain. In particular, there was growing interest among African countries, as well as even more buyers from North and South America and consolidated attendance from Europe. At the same time, growth was seen for Asia with China and India, followed by Russia, where the market is recovering at last, Turkey and Iran posting significant improvements. There was also good attendance from the domestic market, especially from central-southern Italy [...]"