Latest news: International Stone Summit at Marmomacc on September 30 and October 01

Logo International Stone Summit 2015.

On September 30 and October 01, 2015, Marmomacc will hold an „International Stone Summit.“ According to the organizers it will „bring together the main international associations in the natural stone sector and an equal number of trade press journalists from the countries taking part. The intention is to develop content and encourage discussion and debate focusing on this field.“

„Representatives of the Ministry, the President of Veronafiere and delegates of Confindustria Marmomacchine will also attend in order to illustrate the central topics in the sector and the international projects developed by the Italian Government. This will be followed by meetings between the various associations to analyse specific themes and set in motion possible international cooperation projects and bilateral agreements in order to develop sector relationships.“

Venue: Puccini Room, Arena Conference Centre – Hall 6/7

Wednesday 30 September 2015


• Ines Aronadio – Italian Trade Agency ICE
• Guidalberto di Canossa – Veronafiere

15:15 – 1st SUMMIT PANEL, Participants:

• Tan Jun – Vice President, Yunfu Stone Association
• Raul Cruz Rios – General Director, Servixio Geologico Mexicano
• R.K. Gupta – Centre for Development of Stones (CDOS) India
• Stijn Reiner – Vice President, Pierres et Marbres de Wallonie (ASBL)
• Maher Hushaysh – Director, Palestine Union of Stone and Marble Industry

20:00 – Gala Dinner at Gran Guardia Palace, Piazza Brà – Verona

Thursday, 1st October 2015

9:30 – 2nd SUMMIT PANEL, Participants:

• Joachim Grüter – President, Deutscher Naturwerkestein-Verband (DNV)
• Javier Fernandez Cortes – General Secretary, Cluster Piedra, Spain
• Daniel Rebelo – Director, Assimagra
• Tobias Eckardt – President, Euroroc – Board Member, Naturstein-Verband Schweiz (NVS)
• Kristof Callebaut – President, Union des Carrieres et Scieries de Marbres de la Belgique

11.00 – 3rd SUMMIT PANEL, Participants:

• Stefano Ghirardi – President, Confindustria Marmomacchine, Italy
• Reinaldo Dantas Sampaio – President, Abirochas, Brazil
• Sri S. Sekar – President, Federation of Indian Granite & Stone Industry (FIGSI)
• David Castellucci – Board President, Marble Institute of America (MIA)
• Graeme Hadden – President, Stone Federation Great Britain

14:45 – 4th SUMMIT PANEL, Participants:

• Medyantsev Dmitry – President, Stone Industry Association of Russia (Center Stone)
• Bogumas Solima – Vice President, The Employers Association of Stone Industry, Poland
• Zoran Djajic – Kamena Kolonija Stone Studio Association, Serbia
• Hristo Stoychev – Board of Directors, Bulgarian Natural Stone Association (BNSA)
• Sorin Radu Deji – President, Asociatia Pietrarilor Din Transilvania, Romania

16:00 – Conclusions

16:15 – Press Interviews

17:00 – End of the Summit

The International Stone Summit Panels will be chaired by Dr. Prof. GENNARO SANGIULIANO, Journalist and Professor at the University of Rome, Vice-Director of TG1 RAI (The Channel 1 News of the Italian National Television)