The 56th Marmomac fair in Verona has closed its doors, and the first report from the organisers shows that the Veronofiere event was characterised by internationality, entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainability.
Marmomac relaunched the natural stone supply chain while recording the presence of forty-seven thousand professionals during its four days.
“This result brings the event almost back to pre-pandemic numbers in 2019, after the special online event in 2020 and the relaunch in 2021,” comments Federico Bricolo, president of Veronafiere. “The stone sector is making a powerful comeback at Marmomac: 1,207 exhibitors in the ten halls and four outdoor areas, with 60.5% arriving from abroad, from forty-seven nations. Veronafiere is thus returning to a machine running at full speed, supporting the international development of an industrial chain and generating economic returns for the city and its region.”
The exhibition presented more than 1,200 types of stone materials, including raw marble blocks, slabs, and processed products. The most innovative technology for quarrying, cutting, processing and transportation was present, with seven hundred machines, plants, and equipment and more than eight hundred products, including tools, abrasives, and chemicals. The exhibition became a unique trade show offering for buyers, importers, contractors, architects, and designers.
“At this Marmomac, we have witnessed the significant quantitative and qualitative return of operators from target countries such as the United States, Brazil, India and Turkey,” explains Maurizio Danese, CEO of Veronafiere, “with numbers that have practically recovered those of the pre-Coronavian era. The number of foreign participants is even more significant if we consider the reduced presence of China, Russia, and Ukraine due to the well-known health and geopolitical problems. The investment in the arrival of foreign delegations of leading buyers, in collaboration with the ICE Agency, MAECI and Confindustria Marmomacchine helped the internationalisation of this exhibition”.
Marmomac 2022 also marked the start of the new green path for the Made in Italy marble production chain, with the presentation of the 10-point Manifesto for the sustainability of authentic natural stone, which aims to create an environmental statement for the stone product. More specifically, it concerns the commitment of companies in the sector to adopt a certified and circular production system with the increasingly limited environmental impact on air, water, and total CO2 emissions.
After the end of the physical exhibition, the activities of exhibitors and visitors are capitalised and enhanced thanks to the Marmomac Plus virtual portal, the most advanced digital tool developed to support the evolution of the stone industry, 365 days a year, given the next Marmomac, scheduled for 26-29 September 2023.