The CEO of Extenda-Trade Promotion Agency of Andalusia, Vanessa Bernad, accompanied by the territorial delegate Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment, Adriana Valverde, Cuellar visited Marble Architecture, S. L., for internationalization projects of this enterprise in Cantoria (Almería) specializing in comprehensive projects in natural stone ornamentation.

Vanessa Bernad has known the company facilities and met with the CEO of the company, Diego Martinez Cano, well as director of Business Development, Jesus Posadas, and its Director of Business in America, Diego Martínez Cruz, those who have explained the evolution of the internationalization process and the various ways of working in each country using, well let you know some of the most important projects being developed in countries like Russia and Ukraine.

For his part, the CEO of Extenda has offered the services of the Trade Promotion Agency of Andalusia to facilitate consolidation in the markets where it is already present Cuellar and their implementation in new destinations, such as Southeast Asia. In this sense, will extend remembered that offers both finance and information services and training on business opportunities in Other Countries, and technical advice and assistance to organize trade missions, promotions and, above all, organizing agendas with potential buyers or collaborators in the countries of destination.

Vanessa Bernad Extenda has announced that "continue to support the internationalization of the sector of natural stone and this year as in previous editions celebrate the V International Conference on Natural Stone Macael to take place in November and to invite agents markets like Poland, Russia, Brazil, Mexico or the United States that were already present last year”.

Cuellar Architecture Marble S. The. is a company with more than 50 years of experience in the development of integrated projects in natural stone, combined with other products such as bronze, Corten steel, forging, etc.. Its main strength is the ability to perform projects turnkey ', ranging from design and transformation, to installation and maintenance advice stone. The firm has a factory 9.000 square meters built on a surface of 25.000 Cantoria square meters and sales offices in Marbella, Castellón, Bilbao and Murcia.

The company is present in the international market, mainly in Latin with a subsidiary in Houston (Texas, EE. UU.), UK (London), Switzerland (Basel), France (Paris), UAE (Qatar), some countries of Eastern Europe and North Africa. In 2003 was awarded the Prize awarded Alas Extenda companies who excel in their internationalization process, and has received numerous awards for its work. Also, has participated in 78 actions with Extenda-Trade Promotion Agency of Andalusia from 1998.

The company invests heavily in R & D to develop new materials, products and production processes. It has 50 direct employees and also generates other 40 indirect jobs in the area. The firm has been supported by the IDEA Agency in recent years with incentives worth 84.500 euros to boost its modernization and its R D i, as well as through regional economic incentives, with a grant of more than 96.000 euros.

Extenda with natural stone

Extenda supports the promotion of the sector since its inception as a company, and has made important actions as the activity called 'Ambassadors Marble', that is being developed in the U.S. since 2009. The natural stone sector remains strategic for Extenda and is expected to follow up on the actions taken in previous years, Meeting of the International Natural Stone Macael, this year will reach its fifth edition.

He also will hold a PPV Natural Stone in the U.S.. And of course the natural stone companies have at their disposal other generalist activities grouped sector supplies (Feria Fimma Maderalia, Feria Cevisama, Fair Project Qatar,-Fair SIB Morocco, -II Meeting Andalusia Middle East Construction Materials or Andalusia America Meeting Construction Materials) sector and other habitats.

Exports in Almería

According to data from Extenda, foreign sales market Almería manufacturing cement and natural stone accounted 210,2 million in 2013, a 8,3% rather than 2012. With a coverage rate 6.533% and positive trade balance of 206,9 million, Andalusia is the first national ranking in 39% sales and 6,5 points above Valencia (32,6% and 178,5 million). These data place as a leader in Andalucía Almería in the export of these products, assuming 98,1% of foreign sales of such products throughout the Autonomous Community (214,3 million) in 2013.

United States last year was the largest purchaser of articles of cement and natural stone Almeria, with 87,2 million and the 40,7% the total and an increase of 19,8%; UK follows, with 18,7 million, a 88% the total and a decrease of 6,2%; and Germany, with 11,7 million, the 5,5% the total and also a decrease of 1%.

The number of exporting Andalusian companies of this chapter in 2013 era 70, a 18,6% rather than 2012, and 14 I did them regularly (a 16,6% rather than 2012).