Agents Europe, America, Africa and Asia visit Macael quarries and firms


A total of eleven players from Germany, Brazil, Chile, UAE, France, Morocco, Mexico, U.S., Peru and Poland visited the main quarries and companies Macael (Almería) `within the framework of the VI International Stone Natural', It has organized the Ministry of Economy and Knowledge, through Extend-Promotion Agency of Andalusia Exterior.

Also, hoy ha finalizado el encuentro con la presencia de Vanessa Bernad, consejera delegada de Extenda, and the territorial delegate of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment in Almería, Miguel Angel Lopez Tortosa.

Tras la celebración de reuniones bilaterales entre los operadores invitados y las 16 empresas andaluzas participantes, que tuvo lugar en la sede de AEMA el pasado día 4 November, durante el día de hoy y la jornada de ayer han tenido lugar las visitas a canteras e instalaciones de empresas de la zona.

Specifically, los agentes extranjeros han conocido las instalaciones de Mármoles Luis Sánchez, Crumar Project, Mena Gutierrez Marbles, AP Mármoles, Cosentino, Marbles Juan Tijeras, Marbles Perez Garcia, Arriaga Stone y Cantursa. Finally, la delegación internacional finalizará el encuentro tras asistir a la XXIX Edición de los Premios Macael que entrega AEMA.

De este modo los importadores han podido conocer toda la cadena de valor del sector, from the quarries to final projects, through processors, Craft, or the auxiliary industry. They have also expressed their satisfaction with the high capacity that companies have Almería marble and the quality of the work performed.

Almeria companies

Almería has the largest representation in the meeting with fifteen of the sixteen participants (Cosentino, Gutierrez Mena, Marbles camera, Marbles Sotomar, Marbles Luis Sánchez, Marble Business Association of Andalusia, Cuellar Architecture, García Ramos, Artisans Garcimar, Marbles Juan Tijeras, Marbles Perez Garcia, Frames Macael, Crumar Project, AP Marble and Cantursa) and Malaga (Luxury Stone Tino). This action is financed on a 80% with funding from the European Union, under the ERDF Operational Programme Andalusia 2007-2013.

According to data from Extenda, Andalusian exports of natural stone (marble, travertine, alabaster, granites, Cement manufacturing, concrete, ceramics and carved stone and artificial stone) They grew 40,4% in the first eight months 2015, until 213 million, growth which is more than double that experienced by Spain in the same period (20%).

With this data, Andalusia community remains the leader in domestic sales of these products abroad, an 46,6% of total, above 18,9 points above the second, Valencia.

The `VI International Meeting of the Natural' Stone takes place entirely in the province of Almeria and the municipality of Macael and their companies account for nearly 98,4% of total exports of natural stone and glassware in Andalusia in 2015 They amounted to 209,6 million, and they grew 41%.