An international exhibition that focuses on the stone industry while also emphasising the role of interior design, furnishing solutions and the contracting sector.
In conjunction with Abitare il Tempo, the 49th annual Marmomacc event was recently held in Verona, Italy.
According to Carlo Calenda, Italy’s Deputy Minister for Economic Development, the stone industry, with 3 300 companies and revenues of four billion euros, is growing thanks to exports responding to the needs of the international market. “Our forecasts suggest an annual increase of at least 5% in the near future, with excellent prospects in largely Canadian and US markets,” he said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Veronafiere fairgrounds.
This landmark international event is aimed at the marble and granite industry, with the Abitare il Tempo exhibition dedicated to interior design, furnishing solutions and the contracting sector.
“Marmomacc welcomes operators from more than 140 countries, 45 trade delegations and exhibitors from 58 countries,” continues Carlo. “It is a vital event in terms of maintaining the strength and competitiveness of the sector. This is why the specially formulated project, Made in Italy, will see an investment of two million euros in Marmomacc next year.”
He goes on to explain that this decision was made after identifying Marmomacc as being one of the top 15 shows in Italy. The primary goal is to increase the number of incoming buyers and promotional activities abroad and, in turn, further expand this exhibition’s already high international profile and status as a strategic tool for the country.
During the inauguration, Giorgio Squinzi, President of Confindustria, noted that Marmomacc is a fundamental show for the natural stone industry since it takes place in Italy – a country that enjoys world leadership, ranking fifth in terms of production quantity but first for quality, innovation and technology.
“I have attended this event for 25 years and regard it as an exhibition where the entire value chain can express itself,” says Giorgio. “In addition, as from this year, Abitare il Tempo focuses on applications in design and decoration, two other sectors that form part of the Made in Italy project.”
“Today we find further confirmation that exhibitions are an industrial policy tool for the development of Italy, while sharing projects with associations and institutions, beginning with those in and around Verona itself,” says Ettore Riello, President of Veronafiere. “It can offer only benefits to companies operating in two Italian manufacturing sectors, namely natural stone and wooden furniture. These sectors are ideally represented and promoted by Marmomacc and Abitare il Tempo as complementary events in terms of the value chain and international promotion, especially in the contracting world.”
For more information visit www.marmomacc.com and www.abitareiltempo.it