Markets: Selling Stone

In its PR, the ceramics industry is increasingly pointing out how waste is avoided or recycled in its products

The Fiandre company from Italy relates even its formats to the theme of sustainability

Citizen solidarity in response to Covid-19: eight sculptures of applauding hands made of Macael Marble were installed in Andalusia

The works of art are a reminder of the applause that people gave professionals in hospitals, among others, in the fight against the pandemic

In the course of the current trend to upgrade homes, there are also many opportunities for natural stone in the outdoor sector

Fields of action are kitchen, barbecue, patio and porch or mashrabiyas for natural temperature regulation

The international sculpture symposium in Sprimont in Belgium 2021 will last only 5 days (August 25 – 29) and will allow only tools with muscle power

“Les Éphémères de la Pierre“ (perhaps: “Stone, only for a short time“) is the title under which 13 artists from Belgium will work in the natural stone center not far from Liège

The global shortage of building commodities such as lumber or steel is unlikely to have an impact on the natural stone sector

However, it is interesting to ask whether stone companies can perhaps come up with substitute materials for such situations

A geological carpet in Belgium shows the layers of stone from 540 million years of the earth’s history

“Geological Wall“ (Mur géologique) is the title of the new attraction, which is almost finished near the village of Comblain-au-Pont about 30 km from Liège

Spain’s natural stone sector comes through the pandemic year 2020 with almost no decline in exports

Around two-thirds of deliveries are semi-finished or processed material / Most important target country is France, followed by the UK, the USA and Germany

Portugal’s stone exports also declined by double digits in 2020, but there was a significant improvement in yields per ton (+5.47%)

Of particular interest is that there were significant increases in shipments of processed products to both China and Italy

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