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Realtà virtuale (dal n. 669 L'Informatore del Marmista)

Realtà virtuale (dal n. 669 L'Informatore del Marmista)

Marmo Rosso Verona per la Maternità  (dal n. 669 L'Informatore del  Marmista)

Marmo Rosso Verona per la Maternità (dal n. 669 L'Informatore del Marmista)

Al Cibart di Carrara (dal n. 667 L'Informatore del Marmista)

Al Cibart di Carrara (dal n. 667 L'Informatore del Marmista)

Macchine virtuose  (dal n. 667 L'Informatore del Marmista)

Macchine virtuose (dal n. 667 L'Informatore del Marmista)

DROP EXPORTS OF MARBLES AND GRANITES



In the first six months of 2008, the Italian stone industry exported 1 million 610 thousand tonnes, worth 849 million 890 thousand euro, posting a drop of -1.7% in quantity and -4.8% in value compared to the same period in 2007. These results were published by International Marble & Machinery Carrara, based on statistical analysis of ISTAT data focusing on materials and products of high prestige (marbles, granites and travertines, unhewn and processed) and excluding granulates, powders and slates.

...Special mention must be made of imports that, in six months, saw Italy take 1 million 500 thousand tonnes of stones (unhewn and processed) worth almost 290 million Euro, 177 of which (61%) essentially for granite in blocks and slabs. The comparison with the first half of 2007 indicates negative results at -11.7% in volume and -9.3% in value for all items; granite blocks and slabs especially suffered a significant drop, in terms of both quantity (-24.8%) and value (-22.3%), while imports of processed granite and other processed stones remained steady.
It should be pointed out that the total of 35 million Euro for processed granite imported from all countries includes about 20 from China and India, with an increase on an annual basis of +14.2% in quantity and +16.6% in value. Despite the market difficulties, granite blocks and slabs are still the main Italian import item with more than 142 million Euro and 644 thousand tonnes. The main supplier is still India, notwithstanding a drop of -27% in value, followed by Brazil, as well as South Africa, while an interesting innovation is central-southern Africa with growth for Angola and Mozambique, that have resumed exports of granites and stones after a very long pause caused by complex internal affairs. In particular, Mozambique has joined Zimbabwe in terms of value and actually overtaken it in terms of volumes, while Angola presents lower average values per tonne. As regards “marble in blocks”, the producers listed in 2007 confirmed their status in 2008, with Egypt still ranking as the main supplier to Italy, despite falling back compared to last year, closely followed Turkey achieving further growth. Other suppliers achieving positive performance were Tunisia, Iran and Macedonia. 
The overall picture is difficult, combining elements of stability with many reasons for apprehension joined by the general scenario where no one is protected since the economy model is largely defined by the capacity of the USA to drive consumption and stimulate resources. A return to an economic model similar to that in force in recent decades is unlikely, with levels of deregulation and centrality of such important countries, since globalisation, as many experts claim, involves the kind of multi-centricity that the natural stone sector has also seen. (Source: IMM Carrara)

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