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, Today the meeting ended with the presence of Vanessa Bernad, CEO of Extenda, and the territorial delegate of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment in Almería, Miguel Angel Lopez Tortosa.
After holding bilateral meetings between the invited operators and the 16 Andalusian participating companies, that took place at the EEA headquarters last day 4 November, During today and yesterday, visits to quarries and facilities of companies in the area have taken place.
Specifically, foreign agents have known the facilities of Mármoles Luis Sánchez, Crumar Project, Mena Gutierrez Marbles, AP Mármoles, Cosentino, Marbles Juan Tijeras, Marbles Perez Garcia, Arriaga Stone and Cantursa. Finally, The international delegation will end the meeting after attending the XXIX Edition of the Macael Awards given by AEMA.
In this way, importers have been able to know the entire value chain of the 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.
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%.