Italian exports of natural stone brake in the first nine months of 2014

wed 17 DECEMBER 2014
While the growth of exports of raw and processed marble continues, the granite crisis undermines the general trend of finished products. The specialisation for marble with high added value clearly emerges.
Carrara, 16 December 2014 
The steady growth of exports of Italian marble and granite that has characterised the last five years seems to have come to a screeching halt in the first nine months of 2014.According to statistics processed by the Internazionale Marmi e Macchine Carrara Research Department, in the period between January and September 2014, Italy exported 3,199,205 tons of stone materials for a total value of 1,426,547,343 Euros, showing a decline, albeit modest ( -0.48%) in quantities exported over the same period in 2013, but a small increase in values (+0.85). (Table 1).In the national picture, the only item that continues to record a good export growth rate, in quantities and values, is marble blocks and slabs, representing one third of national exports. In fact, in the first nine months of 2014, Italy exported 1,071,244 tons of marble blocks and slabs worth 252,560,256 Euros, thus recording an increase in quantity of +2.3% and +5.5% in value. The total value of exported finished marble products increased by 4.5% compared to 2013 (677.6 million Euros during the first 9 months 2014) but recorded a decline in quantities of -4% (a total of 647.5 thousand tons). All items for granite (blocks, slabs and finished products) and finished products in other stones, however, have declining exports in both quantity and value.