Marmomacc: cultural excellence on offer
Italy, in accordance with ISTAT data processed by the Marmomacc Observatory, is still the leader in processing and sales of stone material products. There has been a progressive recovery in imports-exports of raw materials, as well as processed and semi-finished materials. The international calibre of exhibitors and professional visitors, highly qualified attendance by international buyers, agreements and partnerships with architects’ associations and international exhibitions, conventions, events and shows of international standing: the 46th edition of Marmomacc (International Natural Stone, Design and Technology Exhibition), scheduled at VeronaFiere Wednesday 21 September-Saturday 24 September 2011 (www.marmomacc.com), confirms its status as the most important world exhibition in the sector. The objective is to promote the development of Italian products and technologies abroad and to be a cultural workshop focusing on trends in the increasingly specialised worlds of constructions and design. The 46th edition already boasts an impressive cultural offering: shows, conventions, presentations and awards confirm Marmomacc (Forum area, Hall 7/B) as the increasingly qualified cultural workshop focusing on trends in the world of building and design. Wednesday 21 September will welcome the presentation of the Stone Design Master course at Milan Polytechnic University. Special emphasis will be given to the presentation ceremony of the "Women of Marble 2011 Award" organised by the the Women of Marble Association; as well as the "Best Communicator Award 2011". Thursday 22 will see the "Lecture" coordinated by Giuseppe Fallacara, Professore of the Faculty of Architecture, Bari University, and Christian Pongratz, Professor at Texas Tech University; the Shinobu and Setsu Ito "Lecture" coordinated by the ITO Design Studio. The same day also see the meeting between Universities, companies and institutions titled "Strategies in stone design"; the book presentation - "Stones of Trapani". Friday 23 September will see the convention titled "L’Aquila - The Stones of Reconstruction" with speakers Paolo Marconi, Roberto Collovà, Maurizio D’Antonio, Claudio Varagnoli and Vincenzo Latina; the presentation of the book by Manuel Aires Mateus "A Temple for the Gods of Stone" (Libria Editrice) and the Lecture by Kjetil Thorsen (Snohetta), Oslo. Castelvecchio Museum in Verona will welcome in the morning of Saturday 24 September the convention focusing on the International Stone Architecture Award, followed by the award ceremony for the XII edition. The Forum area at Marmomacc (Hall 7/B) is home to important shows such as the one highlighting the works involved in the International Stone Architecture Award; the exhibition titled “Marble between classic and contemporary ages” by Paolo Ulian for Le Fablier, the “Light and Matter” exhibition by Raffaello Galiotto for Solubema, the “Caldia Cube” project for Italian marbles and granites, the exhibition detailing "The Stones of Reconstruction" in L’Aquila and the exhibition exploring "Stone Design in Education and Training". The complete programme is available at www.marmomacc.com . As the 46th edition of Marmomacc draws closer, there is a background of renewed trust among operators in Italy in the light of a number of significant events. Operator enrolments for Marmomacc are in line with those for the 2010 edition, which attracted 1530 exhibitors from 56 countries, of which 828 international (54.12%) and 702 Italian (45.88%); the show was visited by 56 thousand professional operators and visitors of which 25,368 (48.5%) from 132 countries (with an increase in international attendance over 2009 of 12.5%) and 26,894 Italians (-2.15% compared to 2009) over a net area of 77,782 square metres. Secondly, the field in Italy seems to have weathered the very difficult two-year period 2008/2009, with confirmed growth also in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 in accordance with ISTAT data processed by the Marmomacc Observatory, in a field significantly influenced by constructions and major projects, as well as interior design and the contract sector.