Italian Marble: Increase in exports in the first half of 2014

tue 16 SEPTEMBER 2014
German demand picks up but the USA falls back. Imports for orders and stock positive again. 

In the first half of 2014, the Italian stone industry exported 2.2 million tons of materials, including raw materials and finished products, for a value of more than 955 million Euros, showing an increase of 5.5% in quantity and 3.43% in value compared to the same period of 2013 (see Table No. 1).This was announced by the Internazionale Marmi e Macchine Carrara Spa when publishing, as usual, the data relating to the first period of the year based on ISTAT figures. The company stressed that the most important contribution to growth was made by marble blocks and slabs, of which a quantity of 763,600 tons (+9.2%) were exported on foreign markets for  a value of almost 177 million Euros (+11.4%). On the other hand, the quantity of finished marble products exported fell (442,000 tons, down 2%), albeit by a modest percentage. The value, however, rose from 423.4 million Euros in the first half of 2013 to 450 million Euros for the same period of 2014, showing a growth rate of 6.35%. The reduction in exports of granite blocks and slabs continued: -13% in quantity and -12.46% in value, for a total of 65,000 tons with a value of 17.7 million. The variation in finished granite products exports was less significant, although still negative. These stood at 272,700 tons for 254 million (-3.5% in quantity and -5.7% in value).