Technologies, accessories, components, design.
The 56th edition of Marmomac, the world's leading international event for the natural stone supply chain, which opened today at the Verona Fair is all of this.
But also culture and a very strong international vocation.
1,168 exhibiting companies are present in the ten pavilions of the exhibition center that will host the exhibition until Friday 30 September, of which over 60% are foreigners from 47 countries, including Ukraine, and professional operators from around 130 are expected. nations, thanks to joint incoming activities from abroad, in collaboration with ICE-Agenzia and Confindustria Marmomacchine.
"Marmomac - said the president of Veronafiere, Federico Bricolo - is a point of reference, the first fair in the world in the marble and natural stone sector,
organized by a fantastic staff of Veronafiere, which is on the market after two difficult years ".
“In 2020 - recalled Bricolo - the closure to the public with only online events, last year with covid restrictions, this year we are finally free with many presences from all over the world.
50 thousand visits are expected and we are satisfied.
bulls from over 120 different countries ".
On display the latest innovations in the field of stone processing, together with all the varieties of stone materials, from rough blocks, to slabs to finished products.
A pavilion is dedicated to culture and professional training for architects and designers thanks to the exhibitions, projects and workshops of "The Plus Theater", where the official ribbon cutting was held,
in the presence of the top management of the fair Spa and the authorities.
"Marmomac - observed the managing director of Veronafiere, Maurizio Danese - represents a sector of excellence of Made in Italy manufacturing that counts over 3,200 companies and 34 thousand employees, with a total turnover in 2021 that exceeded 4.1 billion euro and a trade balance of 2.6 billion euro ".
According to the data released by the Confindustria Marmomacchine Study Center, after closing 2021 with exports in strong growth over the previous year (+ 19.9%), the first half of 2022 recorded a further growth of 9.4% compared to the same period of 2021, reaching 1.5 billion euros in value.
"The first half ended with a 9.4% increase compared to the corresponding period last year,
which in any case had performed very well - underlined Flavio Marabelli, honorary president of Confindustria Marmomacchine ”.
"However - he continued - we are very concerned about the second half and especially 2023, because there are a series of factors that affect you: the increase in the price of raw materials, the rise in freight rates, transport, war, markets that are still closed , energy costs and even an increase in labor costs should not discourage us, but it worries us ”.
“The results of the first half are unlikely to be confirmed in the second and it will be a complicated year not only for the stone sector, but for the entire manufacturing sector, even if we would try to compensate for the problems linked to the Italian market abroad.
But resilience is part of our DNA, concluded Marabelli.
“Be to plus” is the new claim of the 2022 edition of the event: an invitation to do one's best, which once again calls upon a global community, open to new challenges and which recognizes itself in Marmomac.
The exhibition has always combined business with product culture and training: there are over 40 appointments including talks, lectures and workshops, scheduled in “The Plus Theater”, to tell the incredible functional and aesthetic potential of stone.
On the opening day, star architect Craig Copeland attended the presentation of the Stoneland photographic exhibition.
On the final day, however, Vittorio Sgarbi, in the capacity of president of the Canova Foundation, on Friday 30 September at 10 am will present the conference dedicated to the famous sculptor Antonio Canova on the occasion of the two hundred years since his death,
together with Moira Mascotto, director of the Antonio Canova Gypsotheca Museum.
Afterwards, at 3 pm, Giordano Bruno Guerri, historian, editorial manager and president of the Il Vittoriale degli Italiani Foundation, will receive the award from the national association Le Donne del Marmo.
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