Stone Age

After a period of uncertainty in the stone industry, reports suggest the future looks brighter. CID presents a brief report on the state of the market and a guide to choosing the best stone for your interior project.

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By  Charlotte Butterfield Published  October 16, 2006

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The main event in the stone industry’s calendar is the annual CarraraMarmotec in Italy and the 2006 expo in June boasted over 20,000 operators from 99 countries. There was a substantial increase in the number of visitors from historically important partners such as the United States, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Denmark as well as from new producers and partners such as Iran, the Czech Republic, Lebanon and Qatar.

Giancarlo Tonini, president of CarraraFiere, stated that this year’s exhibition was evidence of a recovering stone industry: “[The fair] was a satisfactory result, especially because it seems to confirm, at least partly, those positive signs that have come up over the last few months and that have given confidence back to the companies, especially the Italian companies… The first ones to feel such winds of change have been the companies that are based in the historical marble-quarrying and processing regions that took part in the fair.” The Mayor of Carrara, Giulio Conti described this 27th CarraraMarmotec as “the fair of revival,” after a long stagnation in the number of exports.

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