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NewsItalian marble confirms growth in the third quarter 2011

Date: 27/01/2012 | Published: News

Italy confirms its status as the leader in processing and sales of stone products. Import-export of processed materials, semi-finished goods and raw materials consolidated following the recovery in 2010.

Italian marble confirms growth also in the third quarter 2011 compared to the same period in 2010. The balance of trade is still in the black, as highlighted by analysis of ISTAT data by the Marmomacc Observatory. A positive signal in a field with strong links with the construction industry and major projects, as well as interior design and the contract sector where international markets rather than Italy are beginning to see a recovery after the crisis.
In the first nine months of 2011, overall Italian exports of finished and semi-finished marbles and granites and unhewn stone materials (decorative and dimension stone, limestone, chalk, clay and slate) came to 1 billion 174 million euros against 1 billion 129 million euros in the same period del 2010 (+3.97%); Total imports, on the other hand, settled at 327.3 millions against 331.2 millions (-1.17%).
In more detail, exports of unhewn materials (decorative and dimension stone, limestone, chalk stone, clay and slate) came to 244 million Euros compared to 230 millions in the first nine months of 2011 (+6.2%); on the other hand, imports of unfinished material fell back to 219.5 million euros against 225 millions euros in the same period last year (-2.40%). As regards processed and semi-finished materials, exports came to 930 million euros against 899.3 millions (+3.41%); imports posted 107.7 million euros against 106.2 million euros last year (+1.44%).
Moving on to specific areas, exports to the United States stand out above all (158.1 million euros, down by 0.4% compared to the same period in 2010), while the Canadian market saw imports fall by 3.6% (to 29 millions against 30.1). In the American area, Mexico was up with 8.8 millions against 7.8 millions (+13%)
in Europe, exports to Germany grew by 1.6% to 116.3 millions. Increases in exports were also seen to markets in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Arab Emirates and Oman) worth 108.5 millions against 104 millions (+4.3%).
Exports to countries in Eastern Europe also improved. Russia, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia, Rumania, Turkey and Ukraine took exports worth 85.4 millions against 80.6 millions (+5.9%), while exports to the Mediterranean area (including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Israel) saw a sharp downturn in the wake of the political instability of the area.
We can analyse the Italian market in more detail as regards performance by individual regions, starting off with the main areas in the sector. The Veneto in the first nine months of 2011 exported finished of semi-finished stone goods worth 310.6 million euros compared to 297.5 in the same period 2010, with growth of 4.4%.
The Veronese stone district alone posted 261.6 millions, with growth of 5.1%.
Tuscany in turn exported goods worth 292.2 millions compared to 269.5 in 2010. The Massa Carrara district grew by 7.6% (191.2 millions), while Lucca posted an impressive 11% (81.6 millions).
Lombardy ranks third in terms of value but, on the other hand, saw a downturn of 3.1% in exports to 80.2 millions from 82.8 millions in 2010. Brescia turned in a disastrous -18.9%, only in part offset by Milan with +6%. Sicily also performed poorly, with -10.4%: the value of processed or semi-finished stone exports fell from 65.2 million euros in 2010 to 58.5 millions in the first nine months of 2011. This bad result was generated by Palermo, posting a loss of 48.2% in value for exports, down to just 10.2 million euros from 19.7 in 2010 and only in part offset by growth posted by Trapani (+10.4%) and Ragusa (+3.5%).
Trentino Alto Adige performed better, with exports up by 9% (from 42.5 millions in 2010 to 46.4 in 2011), joined by Friuli Venezia Giulia with +4% (27.1 millions against 25.9).
Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta and Liguria all performed very well, improving overall from 26.6 million euros to 34.5 millions. On the other hand, Emilia Romagna saw a setback of -13.2 %, Puglia posted -14.8% and Sardinia -5%.
Latium was substantially stable (+1%) with exports coming to 22.6 million euros.

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