Italian marble and the return of exports: a “new spring”

Italian marble and the return of exports: a “new spring”

A moment of recovery, further proof of the importance of the stone industry in the economy, not only on a national level but also on a global scale.

As reported by the Confindustria Marmomacchine annual meeting, the export of Italian marble has had a 25.7% increase in the first four months of 2021 compared to the same time span in 2020. Here’s an analysis of the context, where Marmomac stands out as a witness of excellence of the value, versatility, and importance of marble and natural stone.

Export of Italian Marble: Where Are We?

A “new spring” of the Italian stone industry: this is how we can define the situation of the Italian exports from January to April 2021 that, compared to the same time in 2020, have recorded an increase of 25.7 % amounting to 110,5 million euros. This was reported by Confindustria Marmomacchine in its annual meeting, which recently took place with the attendance of several business owners of the District of the Marble of Verona, and by L’Arena in its analysis, based on the ISTAT data. After 2020, a year that saw a large recession in the exports of marble and granite, 2021 brings with it a glimpse of light, a breath of fresh air for an industry that suffered enormously from the impact of COVID-19. Thus, in the first quarter of 2021, the exports of these materials and semi-finished products reached 420,3 compared to last year’s 342,3 million, with an increase in absolute terms of 77,9 million, equal to 22,8%. Another interesting aspect is that this increase is mainly due to the month of April. The exports of raw materials, as well, have recorded an increase of 37.4%, amounting to 32,5 million, again compared to 2020. An extremely positive sign, that was also confirmed by the new edition of Marmomac, which took place in presence at the Exhibition Centre of Verona after many months spent apart: a unique opportunity to celebrate the value of marble and the commitment of this huge and tenacious international community.

Further interesting data

According to the data shared by Confindustria Marmoacchine, Italian exports have recorded an overall increase of 25.7% in the first quarter of 2021. The exports of technologies the processing machinery have recorded an increase of 10.2% instead.
Among these exports, those towards European markets have increased by 33.7% (for an amount of 203,2 million compared to last year’s 152,9 million), while American markets have seen an increased exports of 20.3 % (that is 117 million compared to 97,6 million in 2020), marking an important return overseas.
Exports towards Africa and Oceania are increasing as well, while those towards Asian markets are at a loss, although moderate, (-1.5%, for an amount of 76,4 million compared to 77,4 million). Compared to 97,6 million in 2020). Compared to the single countries, instead, there has been an increase of 20.2% towards the United States of America, 26.7% towards Germany, 9.5% towards France, and 60.5% towards England.
A good result also for the exports towards Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. A great comeback, a significant recovery of exports that not only once again confirms the excellence of marble and natural stone, but it also witnesses the incredible resilience of a community that has demonstrated its perseverance and desire to push forwards the stone industry to the best of its abilities.
A choice that, as proved by these data, has surely been rewarded and will always be rewarded in the years to come.