2021 was a crucial year for Marmomac, the first among the international reviews dedicated to the stone sector which has been attended in presence after the lockdown imposed by the pandemic.
The figures of the exhibition, according to the President of Veronafiere Maurizio Danese, “have proven that major international exhibitions can be organized and attended in person in total safety, thereby ensuring important opportunities for business and relationships”: more than 30,000 were the qualified operators who visited the exhibition – 48% international from 120 countries.
During the event, importers, contractors, architects and designers from all over the world met 756 exhibiting companies, of which 329 international from 39 countries. In all, 9 exhibition halls were occupied for a total of 60,000 net square metres, including the outdoor areas with blocks, slabs and large processing machinery.
“A result that goes far beyond our expectations,” explained Giovanni Mantovani, CEO of Veronafiere. “Thirty thousand qualified visitors from 120 countries is an astonishing important figure in this historical context, with confirmation from strategic markets for natural stone such as North America, Russia, Brazil, Northern Europe and the United Kingdom, North African countries and the Middle East. The halls breathed an atmosphere of emotion and optimism. All the operators and companies we spoke to expressed their appreciation of the return of Marmomac as an in-person event and this new format that combines business with even more design, architecture, events and promotion of natural stone with a precise identity on an international scale in business and cultural terms.”
The importance of the international character of Marmomac was confirmed by the investments made to select and host foreign delegations of top buyers in Verona, including architects and importers of blocks, slabs and technologies. This thanks to the Incoming programme that saw Veronafiere, ICE Trade and Investment Agency and Confindustria Marmomacchine work closely together.
The next edition of Marmomac is scheduled 27-30 September 2022, with a new mid-week schedule that moves the event from Tuesday to Friday.