Consumption of natural stone in Germany up 11% from 2014

One of the biggest projects in Berlin is the ensuing Humboldt-Forum, a replica in size and material of the former palace in the city center. The building is clad in Warthauer sandstone from what is today Poland. The stone was supplied and worked by Hofmann Naturstein Company of Germany.

Germany’s natural stone branch has profited considerably from the sustained building boom: last year saw the inland consumption of stone finished products up some 11.7% to 2,202,626 t by volume, or 5.8% to 627,548 million € by value. In comparison 2013 figures were 1,971,671 t = 592,869 million € (see chart below).

Without a doubt, consumers in Europe’s currently strongest economic player value granite, marble, etc. as was recently stated in a press-release on the occasion of this year’s Stone+tec (May 13 – 16, 2015).
A rise in local production by +6.7% was overlapped by an increase in imports by +18.1%.
Perhaps these figures reflect a new phenomenon: i.e., the fact that architects are aspiring to obtain LEED-Certification for their buildings. This would imply that stone must originate from sources no farther than 800 km from the building site.

Noteworthy in particular: the rise of consumption of local marble or travertine: +25.4% as compared to the previous year.
The total value stone supplied by local producers barely exceeded one half the total consumption.

Deutscher Naturwerkstein-Verband, DNV (German)

(21.06.2015; USA: 06.21.2015)