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Marmomacc 2014 : Revving Up High-Powered Engines

Marmomacc 2014More than 1,400 confirmed exhibitors from 56 countries – with new entries from Malta, Mexico, Thailand, Ukraine and Zimbabwe – will take part in this year’s Marmomacc.Strange as it may seem, the entire exhibition centre is already fully booked, with 75,000 sq. m. net of business spaces and areas reserved for special shows.Marmomacc 2014 – the 49th edition of the international fair – is already revving up its high-powered engines. The event scheduled at Veronafiere next 24-27th September is poised to become for four days the world meeting point for all operators in the global natural stone industry.

The stone industry in Italy alone boasted 3,340 companies, 33,700 employees and a turnover of €3.9 billion in 2013.It is represented at Marmomacc in perhaps the most complete way: from unhewn blocks to processed materials, machinery and equipment for marble and granite through to training courses and teaching tools for architects. This year, the show is scheduled for the first time together with AbitareIl Tempo – the exhibition devoted to the contract, interior decoration and furnishing/furniture sector that complements and extends Marmomacc’s own offering.

There is a very strong focus on international demand as a crucial aspect for promoting processed marble and the “Made in Italy” technology that in 2013 exported 71.5 per cent of production with a positive balance of trade of €billion. The top ten markets of interest highlighted by Italian exhibitors at Marmomacc confirm the United States in the first place, followed by Russia, China, Italy, Brazil, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India and Turkey. This is why Veronafierehas worked to attract qualified and selected stone industry and contract buyers to Marmomacc with the aim of involving them in training programmes, B2B appointments with exhibitors and meetings with international groups.

A Peek atMarmomacc&Abitareil Tempo

In collaboration with Abitareil Tempo, this year’s Marmomacc will welcome an area dedicated entirely to ‘Made in Italy’ with cultural exhibitions, events and conferences.This venue, strategically located in Hall 1, will serve as a bridge between Palaexpo– where Abitareil Tempo is hosted – and the rest of the exhibition centre reserved for companies exhibiting at Marmomacc. This new exhibition concept will ensure better integration of visitors to the two shows and allow all exhibitors to play an active role in the programme of events through company workshops, B2B meetings and experimental exhibitions.

Inside Marmomacc&Abitareil Tempo will host design, architecture, research and experimentation exhibitions in collaboration with Italian companies in the sector and a number of well-known international designers.

Hall 1 will also host the Marble Forum, where for four days, lectiomagistralis, round tables, conferences, seminars and lectures will alternate for a full-immersion natural stone occasion for architects and designers, sector professionals, students and professors, technicians and engineers.

Other exhibitions and events involving national and international companies and institutions will be set up in various parts of the exhibition centre.

“Made In Italy” Production in the Forefront of Two Exhibition Areas Dedicated to Contract

The major supplies sector will be among the protagonists of the exhibition dedicated to interior design and furnishing solutions scheduled at Veronafiere 24-27 September 2014 in conjunction with Marmomacc. The aim is to highlight the features and potential of a globally expanding market.

While the US contract sector is the most important in the world and contractors (as well as American architecture firms) are increasingly involved in international projects, a common denominator in these projects is the use of quality décor – and it is in this context that Italy can become a leader be grasping the chance to export its products into the four corners of the world. Over the past three years, in fact, 58 per cent of American contract companies have worked on projects in the Middle East, 47 per cent in Central America and Latin America and 82 per cent in Asia. Excellence of materials and products is essential not only from an aesthetic point of view but also as regards the overall result of projects. For this reason, Abitareil Tempo has decided to focus on the contract sector by setting up a business exhibition area dedicated to this segment as well as organising shows, meetings and occasions for debate.

The Italy Contract section – curated by Antonio Larosa, an architect and designer who has worked in the American market for more than twenty years – brings together a selection of the best Italian products in fields related to furniture, lighting, furnishing fabrics and carpets. The event aims to highlight Made in Italy excellence and will also preview the larger Hall dedicated to the contract sector at Abitareil Tempo in 2015.

What do the exhibitions include?

The exhibitions forming the core include:

1. LIVING STONE: The excellence of “Made in Italy” and the great Iberian architects curated by Raffaello Galiotto, Vincenzo Pavan and Damiano Steccanella

Living Stone is an exhibition of experimentation and creativity organised by Veronafiere to promote and enhance the creative capacity of Italian companies in the natural stone sector as well as to improve awareness of the use of stone materials among architects and designers.It includes a theme-based exhibition of installations or micro-architecture projects designed by architects belonging to the prestigious Iberian “school” for leading Italian companies, which in will arrange displays in Hall 1 – entirely dedicated to the cultural events hosted by Marmomacc.

The installations, developed thanks to collaboration projects between architects and companies, will be inspired by the theme “homes with patios”, i.e., a reflection on Mediterranean and Atlantic stone houses as a typology having roots in local cultures in various areas.

The general layout of the project comprises four “batches” of 60 sq.m. flanked by a patio area of about 30 sq.m., arranged around a central garden area.

These homes-patios will be designed to reveal new qualities and potential for stone materials and highlight the processing skills of the companies taking part as well as serving as a hospitality point welcoming visitors and clients.

The invited architects and companies taking part include:

• Manuel Aires Mateus with GrassiPietre

• JosepMiàs with TravertinoSant’Andrea

• Eduardo Souto De Moura with PibaMarmi

• Benedetta Tagliabue with Decormarmi

The exhibition is the heart of the event’s cultural focus and seeks to integrate architecture and design experiences through the work of internationally renowned figures capable of interpreting stone in a creative way as well as to encourage experiments taking this material towards new frontiers.The involvement of well-known European designers also meets the intention of combining the extraordinary professional skills and know-how of Italian companies with the mostimportantcontemporary trends in European architecture and design, wherein the Iberian area is one of the most advanced representatives.

2. DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY curated by Raffaello Galiotto

2As the heir to an ancient marble working tradition, Italy still ranks as a major home to extraordinary potential capable of merging design, technology and processing skills.New computer-controlled engineering systems and digital design today define a new frontier for thisancient material, thereby opening up new ways for designing and working natural stone. Knowledge and awareness of the material and production processes, informed use and efforts to reduce waste and energy consumption are some of the essential aspects of future stone design projects seen in terms of a creative process promoting stone through a modern image.

The event will tackle several specific technical and processing aspects (5-axis bridge saws with tool, diamond disc, lathe, robot, water jet, etc.) through a preview display of 8 macro and 6 micro experimental works specifically developed by designer and curator RaffaelloGaliotto for leading Italian companies in the sector.

These works will be developed thanks to cooperation between companies involving various specialisations: machinery builders, marble processing and raw material supply; this will consequently embrace the entire production chain in the stone industry.

Processed items typifying the endless creative variations that stone can offer and the sophisticated capabilities of today’s machines will be displayed over a route highlighting the execution process and the complexity of each work in Hall 1.

3. AT HOME, Marmomacc & Abitareil Tempo for Contract curated by Giuseppe Viganò

3At Home, Marmomacc&Abitareil Tempo for Contract is an effective demonstration of the potential of marble in relation to furniture and interior decoration – an exhibition designed to help the natural stone industry establish itself within the international interior design panorama where marble will be the protagonist, be it on its own or in combination with other materials.

Not a self-celebratory installation, then, but input helping to overcome the concept of marble as a largely sculptural material in favour of everyday functionality expressed through usable, useful and genuinely feasible furnishing solutions.

The area dedicated to the “At Home” exhibition develops around the concept of marble and lightness, an entirely white, open and free setting divided only by ethereal, fluctuating awnings. Projected images and sounds ideally fluctuate the products in the living, night and wellness areas. Each collection interprets a particular style and the end result will have the added value of explaining these differences in a single space celebrating marble and its potential. The prototypes presented are complete collections embracing “home life” as a whole.

The Living Collection by Giovanni Barbieri includes book-shelves, tables, consoles with mirrors and tiles narrating the history of ancient Roman architecture, which is interpreted through an evolution of the mosaic: slabs of marble with “Barbiere” surface processing with water-jet cuts and Murano glass inserts applied on metal plates.

The Night Collection by LavagnoliMarmi focuses on a four-poster bed made from turned column items with a bas-relief engraving as a source of light.The Wellness Area by Marini Marmi investigates the ambitious architectural theme of a spa entirely in stone, like a ribbon unwinding in space with structured, well-defined functions designed to be installed in indoor and outdoor areas alike.

Companies taking part in the initiative have chosen items that best represent their production capacity and craftsmanship in full respect of the specific targets and various aesthetic and cultural intentions.

4. DEGREE THESIS AWARD”Landscape, Architecture and Stone Design” 3rd Edition

5. RENZO PIANO AND MALTA: A new stone facade for the New Parliament curated by Angelo Bertolazzi, Vincenzo Pavan

5In 2008, Studio Renzo Piano Building Workshop began work on the “Valletta City Gate” project which redesigned access to the historic centre of Malta’s capital. The complex of buildings comprises the new Malta Parliament, the Opera House rebuilt from ruins and the new Valletta City Gate.

The project is located in an important area of the capital of Malta close by its famous and impregnable XV century walls; while already protected as a World Heritage Site, there was nevertheless a great need for an architectural and urban re-organisation project. The Studio RPBW project managed to establish dialogue involving the old and new buildings and the gateway to the city. In this dialogue between history and innovation, the choice of local stone for walls and historic buildings played a fundamental role. In the new buildings, stone helped ensure integration with the overall context while equally emphasising them through absolutely innovative applications.

This initiative by Marmomacc seeks to enhance and promote the technical and design aspects of this work by highlighting the innovative use of stone and demonstrating the new technological qualities that can be obtained with this ancient material.

Consequently, Hall 1 will host an exhibition illustrating the history of the project with photos and drawings detailing the facade design process, following the route taken by natural stone from the quarry to the installation site. The exhibition will be flanked by stone elements used in the Malta project in 1: 1 scale to outline the engineering process involved in the details and stone processing.

This fundamental experience in the application of stone materials in a major work of architecture will also be highlighted during Marmomacc by a Round Table with input and testimony by people who worked on the design and development of Valletta City Gate. The intention is to emphasise once again how a project can be a driving force behind innovation and how success was the outcome of dialogue between clients, designers and companies.

6. STONE DESIGN IN UNIVERSITIES: Collection of the best projects developed at the “Designing with stone” courses in the academic year 2013/2014 in the Italian and international universities adhering to the Stone Academy.

6Stone Academy is the association bringing together universities, professions and institutions involved in training, research and academic-professional promotion activities in architecture based on the use of stone.

During the 2014 edition of the Venice Architecture Biennial directed by Rem Koolhaas, the Stone Academy was recognised as an accredited structure for the “Biennial Session”.

The theme chosen by the curator of the Venice Biennial – “Fundamentals” – indicates the need to investigate a present-day architecture project by starting from its origins: theme converging distinctly with the topics proposed by the Stone Academy in order to promote project research through the use of the stone as a “founding” material in architecture.

History of Marmomacc Stone Academy

Founded in 2005 with the planning of the world’s first course in contemporary design with stone, promoted by Marmomacc and implemented by Milan Polytechnic University/Mantua Centre, the event has acquired year after year an increasing number of universities that have decided to activate new courses and research projects.

Today, more than 20 universities and professional organisations have joined or take part in training programmes with CFU or CFP recognition – new openings with national and international universities, such as the Schools of Architecture in Florida and Ljubljana, presenting a significant range of specialisations.

By 2011, the need for an overall name was increasingly evident and “Stone Academy” thereby took the definition of “education and training” to create and fully represent the broad network of Universities, professors, researchers, scholars and stakeholders in the field of stone architecture.

The goal of expanding and retaining this wealth of courses, research and relationships culminated in December 2012 with the formal establishment of Stone Academy.

Objectives and purposes of Marmomacc Stone Academy

The objectives and purposes of the Association are very varied and range from the intention to connect universities, professionals and institutions, promote and internationalise research and innovation in the use of stone and provide direct support to organisations requesting collaboration in regulatory processes related to stone materials, in a context of re-qualifying stone so that it is once again perceived as the prince of materials in architecture.

Commitment of Marmomacc in Education and Training

Marmomacc Stone Academy in recent years has played an active and vital role in the promotion and dissemination of what universities are achieving in terms of teaching, research and experiments involving stone architecture, with a constantly expanding presence on the national and international scene.

During Marmomacc 2014, university representatives will attend the annual general meeting with the aim of defining the guidelines for 2015 in this field of teaching in architecture today enjoying broader interest and topicality.

The activities that will be presented at Marmomacc 2014 include:

• Joint seminar with the universities belonging to the Stone Academy

• Stone Academy Workshop 2014 – Puglia, Stone Territories (Hall 1)

• Products developed during courses at universities taking part in the Stone Academyprogramme(between Halls 11-12)

7. WORKSHOP STONE ACADEMY

8. STEREOTOMIC DESIGN curated by Giuseppe Fallacara – DICAR Bari Polytechnic University

8Talking about Stereotomic Design means embracing a theoretical/practical paradigm as a point of reference for architectural projects designed in accordance with the use of vaulted architectonic systems and/or elements having resistant forms comprising separate and dry-jointed units. This paradigm can be attributed to traditional building techniques, specifically in stone and wood, where the concept of bonding the parts making up a building is the distinctive feature of its character and architectural expressiveness. Stereotomy today is unfortunately absent from both building practice and education, appearing merely in as the object of partial and isolated research into the history of building. This event asks fundamental questions about the possibility of resuming this topic interrupted by research into construction using dimension stone following the broken links in stereotomic culture in order to regain its in-born creative thrust for contemporary architectural design. The topics discussed demonstrate the absolute vitality of the stereotomic lesson projected, hopefully, into a new future.

The exhibition consists of three parts:

1. Lithic design_Visions
(G. Fallacara, V. Minenna)
(Company: PI.MAR s.r.l.)

The set-up envisages the creation of a stone cube in Lecce Stone comprising very large blocks with a series of negatively sculptured human faces invite observers to look inside the stone in order to discover its specific application features. Inside the cube, through the holes drilled like eyes in the sculptures, observes will see a sequence of 3-D Anaglyph images and videos. These images represent complex vaulted spaces made with stereotomic equipment using parametric modellers and CNC machine tools. These images will scroll to a sound track coming from inside the cube.

2. Structural Stone design
(G. Fallacara, Marco Stigliano)
(Company: Atelier de la Pierre d’Angle Picardie)

The set-up envisages the creation of graphic plates and scale models (rapid prototype development) for experimental structures in dimension stone developed during a number of university “stages”. Prototypes are tools for study and morphological-structural analysis designed to obtain more in-depth knowledge of stone material in relation to new construction languages. These prototypes are the result of a collaborative research project between the DICAR Department of Bari Polytechnic University and L’Atelier de la Pierre d’AngleBrignoles e Picardie.

3. Robostereotomic design
(G. Fallacara, Brandon Clifford, JelleFeringa)
(Company: MGI Sicilmarmi, T&D Robotics)

This set-up envisages the creation of a structure in Carrara white marble taking the shape of an overhead sail in accordance with hyperbolic paraboloid geometry. Parabolithic is a demo installation focusing on the formal potential of natural stone and machine tools which will be located in the Cultural Hall at Marmomacc 2014. Footprint: 4 x 6 m, h max 2.80 m. The sculpture is the result of a collaboration and research project between the DICAR Department at Bari Polytechnic University and two leaders in the stone industry: MGI Sicilmarmi and T&D Robotics.

 

FIRST QUARTER 2014

Italian marble: export champion with €574 million (+5.3%)

The Italian marble sector continues to win abroad. With exports worth €574.5 million of processed and unhewn products, the Italian natural stone sector closed the first quarter of the year with +5.3% in value compared to the same period in 2013. Total imports of marble and granite also grew by 6.7% worth €127 million. These figures based on Istat data emerged after analysis by the Marmomacc Observatory, the most important international trade fair of the sector.

Going into more detail, exports of processed materials are still the spearhead of natural stone “Made in Italy” with €449.5 million (+3.2%) between January and April.

As regards outlet markets, growth in Europe picked up (€191.4 million; +6.6) led by Germany, which imported Italian marble worth €42.2 million (+2.8%) and the United Kingdom with €20.8 million (+45.1%).

Moving eastwards, countries in Eastern Europe posted trade worth €46 million (+10.3), despite the slight decrease in direct exports to Russia (-4%). The internal crisis is not stopping Ukraine. However, that against all odds imported stone products from Italy worth €4.5 million, against 2.4 million in the first four months of 2013.

Good results were also achieved overseas in the United States, worth €105.3 million (+3.9%), while Asia saw a downturn (-3%) due to lower imports by India and China.

In the Middle East, Italian companies in the field continue to enjoy good business, especially in the UAE and Qatar, with orders worth €65.3 million (+3.2%). There are also good prospects even in the Mediterranean area, where exports in the four-month period came to €18.2 million (+19.7%) thanks to orders from Libya and Morocco.

On the other hand, negative trends for Italian imports of finished and semi-finished products continue, settling at €30.5 million (-10.3%).

As regards blocks of dimension and ornamental stone, the first quarter of 2014 saw an increase of more than 13% in exports (€125 million in total) as well as imports (84.9 millions) into Italy.

Target countries for exports see China in the lead with €33.6 million (+10.5%) and India with 22.4 million (+5.6%).

Imports of raw materials also increased: in four months, India supplied Italy with unhewn stones worth €13.8 million (+21.1%), while Brazil posted sales of €20 million (+7.7%). Quarries in Zimbabwe supplied Italy with materials worth €4.8 million (+26.5%), while South Africa totalled just over €7 million (+14.6%).

 

9. STONE VERTICALITY curated by Claudio Alessandri, Raffaello Galiotto, Vincenzo Pavan University of Ferrara – CDL Industrial Product Design

This exhibition brings together a series of “architectural design” prototypes in stone selected from projects developed by students studying for a degree in Industrial Product Design at the University of Ferrara.

The prototypes, the outcome of constant collaboration between the Department of Architecture of the University of Ferrara and many Italian stone industry companies, were developed during the 2013-2014 academic year and will be exhibited during the 49th Marmomacc Exhibition.

This year’s course is dedicated to technical and formal study and design of stone elements that can be specifically assembled to become an integral part of the architectural design project with the aim of creating new forms for items such as structural and partition walls or as cladding for buildings and architectural spaces.

The “architectural objects” displayed during the exhibition saw students interpret the potential of different stone materials in the design and construction of modular products responding to the structural or decorative needs of architectural elements of various complexity.

Companies taking part in this educational project interacted with students in the design stage by guiding the choice of materials as well as in the prototyping stage through the exchange of information involving 3-D design systems by connecting them to sophisticated stone modelling programmes installed in modern stone processing machines.

10. WINE & RELAX concept room curated by Nicola Giardina Papa

11. LUXURY & RELAX LIVIN Gcurated by Massimiliano Caviasca

Abitareil Tempo 2014 will host in Hall 1 the Luxury & Relax Living project designed by MassimilianoCaviasca with the aim of showing how stone can be integrated into certain spheres dedicated to personal well-being and relaxation. Bathrooms at home, consequently, become places where research combining excellent design with the rediscovery of bodily well-being can be set in motion.

Design for Relaxation exploits materials such as wood, brass, glass and stone that, when combined, can express a sense of Luxury in such an indispensable setting for our daily lives. Three suggested settings highlight three possible areas for three life styles, while materials emphasise shapes and spatial relations through a variety of characteristics.

The travertine environmentrecalls more traditional elegance where closed-pore slabs highlight the linearity of the shapes and the exceptional character of the whirlpool with three chaise longues, again in travertine, just below the surface of the water. There are two large contrasting support shelves: one resembles a block of travertine, the other double sink seemingly carved in stone.

The lava stoneclearly represents a more modern lifestyle and is intended for people who appreciate minimalism based on opaque and translucent surfaces. Slabs of backlit orange onyx ensure a striking contrast with the glass wall revealing a ‘emotional’ shower – a modern invention for our relaxation. Timed lights in various colours alternate with jets of water creating fog or cascade effects. A few pearls of orange onyx are inlaid in the two rows of polished black tiles, thereby emphasising the possibilities for personalising this setting.

The environment characterised by veined white marble, on the other hand, recalls the need felt by some us to feel immersed in a kind of ‘calidarium’ re-interpreting Roman thermal baths. Carefully arranged linear cladding in the composition contrasts with brass profiles. This contrasts even further with the barrel vault finished with mosaics seem to embrace the setting with warm water. The large bathtub is set between a wall and a long, shaped marble shelf in turn supporting a massive sink.

Abitareil Tempo in September will present a preview of certain items of furniture to highlight the integration between wood and stone, designed to accentuate these three life styles.

12. ART DESIGN curated by Giuseppe Viganò

13. SPAZIO FORUM_ARENA_ SANTAMARGHERIT Acurated by Giorgio Canale

SpazioForum_Arena_SantamargheritaTM is a project, designed by architect Giorgio Canale.It exploits temporary architecture to express the needs outlined by Marmomacc and Abitareil Tempo to communicate the level of experimentation, research and innovation achieved in recent years by these two international trade fairs, as well as to create a stage for hosting the busy calendar of appointments and events.

SpazioForum_Arena_SantamargheritaTM takes its name from Santamargherita, specialised in the production of agglomerates based on marble and/or quartz. Thanks to the vital input of this Verona-based company, the idea took shape of giving a new look to the settings for cultural events atMarmomacc and Abitareil Tempo, transforming the traditional Convention Hall into a creative and futuristic example of exhibit design.

The heart of Area_Santamargherita will bear the signature of Paolo Bestetti, CEO of Baxter. A marvelous contribution and illustrious interpretation of the project by architect Canale that will come to life in an informal seminar room, a lounge where body and mind can be regenerated.

Concept

Flexible, embracing and modular architecture – this is the idea underlying a project that is not only theatrical but is also capable of responding to multiple uses and precise, practical needs (such as fast set-up times and the possibility of being used again in other places and other configurations).

SpazioForum_Arena_SantamargheritaTM at Marmomacc and Abitareil Tempo will emerge as an ideal Arena stage setting destined to become the “arena-forum” for meetings and events dealing with topic of stone design, architecture and culture.

14. THE STONE HOUSE

The Stone House is a story through images in a space enclosing and compressing time through memory and imagination taking the iconic shape of a house; a set-up that develops along a ribbon finished with mosaic tiles that define the living space. In the middle, blocks being processed, homes/steel anvils capable of generating artistic mosaics; an empty space narrating a path leading up to a “departure”.

Stone has always fascinated mankind and civilisations, coming to be attributed with virtues, meanings and magical powers.

The House represents the sensation of personal comfort and well-being with ourselves and the outside world; it embodies safety, protection and a point of reference since remote caveman times: Caves inhabited by men who felt the need to “fill” their “homes” with signs and drawings that narrated their story. The meaning of safe haven soon also embraced the space where they could explain what was important to them, becoming expression, story-telling and mirror for affection, symbolic and community content: a reflection of their world.

The House represents our roots, our memory, stone our imaginations.The Stone House is the ancestral space, echo and container of our world: the hearth.The articles in the Stone House are traces of memory, summaries of steps in our history: facts and events of our past as a result of a mnemonics, uncritical investigation, the ‘emerging stories’ that combine stone with raw materials to trace fragments of evolutionary memories.

The project envisages a main partner that will implement the set-up and finishing of surfaces with artistic mosaics, a series of companies working together to exhibit crossways and narrative objectsmade up of stone (from Carrara White to lava stone) and other materials (silver, minerals, steel, iron, leather, skins, porcelain, stoneware, crystal and brass) and a technical partner for load-bearing steel structures.

 

MARMOMACC: International markets and product culture to develop the Italian natural stone system

Marmomacc is Veronafiere’s event with the highest rate of internationalisation and the global meeting point for all operators in the natural stone industry across the entire supply chain: from raw block to processed products, technologies and training of architects, through to the latest applications in the design field.

The 49th edition (Verona, 24-27 September 2014) takes place for the first time in conjunction with AbitareIl Tempo,an innovative exhibition format complementing Marmomacc’s own offering, thanks to new business opportunities in fields such as contract, interior design and furnishings.

Marmomacc 2013–Facts and Figures

• Exhibitors: 1,425, out of which 59% from 55 Foreign Countries

• International groups: 16

• Visitors: 56,992 (+8.8% over 2012) – 54% international from 143 countries

• Foreign trade missions: 44

• Show area: 73,889 sq.m. net

Marmomaccnel Mondo – International Network

Marmomacc’s activities on consolidated and emerging building markets are enhanced by a calendar of international events embracing Brazil, the United States, the Middle East and Africa.

The year 2014 has already seen TISE StoneExpo/Marmomacc Americas (Las Vegas, 28-30 January), Vitória Stone Fair/Marmomacc Latin America (Vitória, 18-21 February) and Qatar Stone Tech (Doha, 12-15 May). Appointments are also scheduled at the Cachoeiro Stone Fair (Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, 26-29 August), TISE EAST StoneExpo/Marmomacc Americas (Miami, 20-22 October), Saudi Stone Tech (Riyadh, 10-13 November) and the debut of MS Africa and Middle East – The Marmomacc and Samoter Event (Cairo, 11-14 December) – the new taking the world of natural stone and construction equipment to Egypt under the brand of Marmomacc and Samoter.

Veronafiere also continues its experience in Morocco with Médinit Expo (Casablanca, 28-31 October), a showcase for Italian companies active in the construction industry.

 

An Exceptional Jury for the Best Communicator Award 2014

A prestigious jury has been appointed for the 8th Best Communicator Award for exhibitors attending Marmomacc and Abitareil Tempo who enhance the importance of their exhibition space and exhibits as a means of communication.

The jury, which includes prominent figures in architecture, interior design and journalism, comprises: Giorgio Tartaro (journalist and TV presenter, Chairman), Luca Molinari (architect), LiviaPeraldoMatton (Editor of Elle Decor and Home), PatriziaPozzi (landscape architect) and Marco Romanelli (architect).

A major innovation will also make its debut at the 2014 edition: given the simultaneous scheduling of Marmomacc and Abitareil Tempo – the show dedicated to furnishing and interior design – one award will be specifically made to one of the exhibitors at this event. Today, success when attending trade fairs is increasingly linked with the representational effectiveness of a stand as a tool conveying company values and sensations to visitors, even before actually presenting products.

The jury will visit exhibition spaces on the opening day (Wednesday 24th September) with the task of deciding which companies have best interpreted product quality through the exhibition space in the most original and incisive way.

A ‘First Prize’ and a ‘Special Mention’ will be awarded in each of the following categories:

• Best Communicator Award – Design

• Best Communicator Award – Innovation

• Best Communicator Award in the World

• Best Communicator Award – Abitareil Tempo

The winners of the Best Communicator Award 2014 will be announced during the awards ceremony to be held on Wednesday 24th September at 18.00 c/o Inside Marmomacc&Abitareil Tempo (Hall 1). This will also be the occasion for the proclamation of the “Masters of Stone 2014″ – another prestigious award for personalities whose work has ensured renown for the field within the scope of a specific local area.

ERVIN AMASTEEL

Marmmomac Preview Co (7)Ervin Amasteel’s reputation is founded upon the consistency and class-leading performance of its products. Through its abrasives it offers a highly dependable and cost-effective service, which is the benchmark in the industry. Ervin abides by the specification requirements of SAE and ISO, supplying High Carbon Steel Shot, Grit and mixes to the Automotive, Aerospace, Rail and Shipbuilding, Foundry and Forge, Steel Construction, Oil and Gas Pipeline, Stone Cutting and a wide range of Surface Preparation Industries.

Ervin Amasteel has just commissioned a state-of-the-art steel abrasives manufacturing facility in East Germany to add to plants in the UK and USA.

The company delivers cutting edge customer service, providing a dedicated commitment to ensure the most cost-effective use of its product along with savings in energy consumption, improvements in plant efficiency and reduced maintenance.

This is the company’s third appearance at Marmomacc,
and this year it will be in Hall 2, Stand D7.

Ferrari & Cigarini

Marmmomac Preview Co (2)Compactline’s success continues to grow. The new Ferrari & Cigarini products line developed on the basis of the know-how gathered over 45 years’ experience in cutting, profiling and rectifying equipment and transferred into smaller machines.

At Marmomacc 2014 the company will present the new BIGslim system studied for large slabs full processing and the MBG, the special machine dedicated to skirting and steps in porcelain gres, marble, granite and agglomerates. BIGslim is the new system for drilling, cutting, chamfering and glueing tiles in big sizes up to 320×160 cm, both with slim (3-6 mm) and standard (10-20 mm) thickness. This new project has been designed to create kitchen and bathroom tops, bench tops and steps, obtained from tiles in big sizes, both of gres porcelain and marble, granite or agglomerates (okite, silestone, etc.).

The company has three versions of BIGslim:

1. SILVER, which is made up of:
• A special machine to profile at 45° the tile edge and stripes
• A glueing bench to glue the top and stripes together at 45°

2. GOLD, which is made up of:
• A cutter machine to cut the slabs
• A special machine to profile at 45° the tile edge and stripes, previously cut
• A glueing bench to glue the top and stripes together at 45°

3. PLATINUM, which is made up of:
• A drilling and cutting machine
• A special machine to profile at 45° the tile edge and stripes, previously cut
• A glueing bench to glue the top and stripes together at 45°

The MBG automatic machine with 6 spindles is an innovative model that allows tomake two different products on the same machine. It has been studied to produce jollies (45°) for steps assembling, and for bullnose skirting on porcelain tiles, marble, granite and agglomerates.

The machine is equipped with 6 spindles, the first 3 dedicated to 45° jollying and the other 3 to skirting tiles, half and full bullnose, plinth and flat edge.

MBG has a very important feature: the motorised belt that acts as a lateral guide, but has the advantage of ensuring the best possible material motion and stability during processing, especially while realizing 45° jolly on high thickness materials. In addition, it is very accurate and extremely easy to set for every format.

The machine is also equipped with two pressure bars that optimise the stability of larger pieces during the motorised conveyor belt movement. In the end, the MBG advantage is remarkable, because with a single machine one can perform two different processes: steps and skirting (or other profiles) in ceramic, porcelain, marble, granite and agglomerates.

Visit Ferrari & Cigarini in Hall 5, Stand F3

FILA

Marmmomac Preview Co (6)Fila will be showcasing treatments from its award-winning Green Line at Marmomacc 2014 – as well as launching new resources and its new FILACONSULTING Ceramic Division. Surface solutions on show will include rising damp protector, FILA PW10; pre-grouting protector, FILA PRW200; and stain proofing sealant, FILAMP90 ECO PLUS. The FILA APP – now available for American, German, Spanish and French markets – will also be launched, alongside a wealth of global reference materials, including the prestigious Oxford Mathematical Institute and the Tile Association (TTA) Award winning application: the Library of Birmingham.

All three spotlight products are solvent-free and form part of Fila’s Green Line; winner of TTA Best Environmental Initiative 2014. FILA PW10 is designed for the professional treatment of absorbent surfaces, including stone and terracotta and prevents salts, tannin and metals from rising through the substrate, to the tile surface. FILA PRW200 also protects porous surfaces from marking and ‘picture framing’ during fixing, whilst FILAM90 ECO PLUS protects polished and unpolished stone and polished porcelain, without altering appearance.

Show activity around FILACONSULTING will include information on the new division’s laboratory and training facilities, which will enable the surface care specialist to offer even faster technical and design assistance to manufacturers across the world.

Meet Fila at Marmomacc 2014 in Hall 7, Stands C6 and B7.

MARMO MECCANICA

Marmmomac Preview Co (5)For the last 30 years, Marmo Meccanica has been one of world’s leading manufacturers of machine for processing stones. With its subsidiary office also in the US, it offers a large variety of edge polishing machines for flat and round edges, edge cutting machine CNCs and polishing lines for slabs.

Marmo Meccanica in Verona will introduce two new edge polishing machines and a CNC bridge cutting machine with state-of-the-art technology. It is constantly developing and upgrading the line of machine and always ready to get the challenge of new developing markets such as India and the Middle East. Their plans for the future include development of new machines and new distribution network of partners to respond to the demand of local markets.

Marmo Meccanica has the long tradition of participating in Marmomacc since the fair was held for the first time. In general, the company participates in all international fairs. Marmomacc is strategically very important to the company, as it allows the company to introduce new products, meet all its agents and distributors and showcase its machines to the public and the final end users. It also enables the company to remain updated with the changes in the stone industry.

Visit Marmo Meccanica in Pavilion No. 3 at Stand No. B74-B88- B67 – B85

MARMOELETTROMECCANICA

Marmmomac Preview Co (4)Marmoelettromeccanica is known for projecting and producing diamond tools (for CNC, semi-automatic and portable machines) and portable electric machines for working marble, granite and engineered stones. The range of its products includes blades for stationary machines and blades for hand tools. It is also well known for its new technologies that give winning solutions to all operators in the stone industry. The growing diffusion of its products worldwide is a tangible mark of its care in the realisation of products that satisfy all customers’ needs. The company frequently invests in highly advanced technology researches and trainings to customers. The company considers Marmomacc as an important event, as it enables the company to develop new contacts. The company’s headquarters and administrative, commercial, planning and production departments are located North of Rome on an area of 20,000 square metres.

The company experiences an excellent sales success of its new grinding wheels marked EHS extra high speed line for CNC machines. This new line meets the needs of those fabricators who care about cost savings. A complete set consists of three copper bonded metal wheels and three highly efficient and incomparable long-life polishers for a perfect polish.

Visit Marmoelettromeccanica in Hall 7 at Stand D2.

SATI Group

Marmmomac Preview Co (3)The SATI Group is one of the most renowned names in the Indian granite industry. Having begun with humble export trading operations in 2001, the group has established itself as one of India’s largest exporters with presence in over 45 countries globally and with a client base of over 150 large customers across the globe. It now has state-of-the-art manufacturing and processing facilities and stock warehouses and ERP-enabled offices for gang saw slabs and cutter slabs at multiple locations in India.

In 2013, the Group ventured into the Gang saw Slabs Segment by setting up a state-of-the-art manufacturing operations at Hosur with complete Italian machinery line equipped with 4 Jumbo gang saws and a 20-Head Auto Line Polisher and spread over an area of over 30,000 m2, with installed capacity of over 280,000 m2 annually.

The immediate plans of SATI involve doubling the capacity at SGIPL, with installation of a 70-wire multiwire machine and a brand new Breton polish and resin line.

The group also plans to open warehouses and stocking points at multiple international locations.

The SATI Group has been regularly participating in Marmomacc since 2010. Presence at Marmomacc assists the company in reaching new customers across Europe, Middle East and Africa. The fair also gives the company an opportunity to meet its clients worldwide.

Visit Sati in Hall 10, H2

WATERJET CORPORATION

Marmmomac Preview Co (1)Waterjet Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer in Italy of complete waterjet cutting machines studied for an easy operation and built with high-quality commercial components suitable for any standard 2D–3-D ultra-high pressure water jet cutting job application. All machines are provided with standard stainless steel tank and 3 or 5 axis CNC technology with helical rack and pinion or ball screw transmissions and self-lubrication system. A wide range of options are available – like 4 axis I.T.C. (Intelligent Tapering Control) system and infinite rotation of the 3-D 5 Axis device (both are Waterjet Corporation patents®). Top quality KMT H.P. Intensifier Pumps from 3.800 Bar to 6.200 Bar are supplied standard on any Waterjet Corporation machines in order to cut smoothly any material up to 300 mm thickness.

The company is continuously developing new products for different fields of applications of the waterjet cutting technology. Stone is a strategic application for the company, and Waterjet Corporation is looking forward to introducing its up-to-date waterjet cutting technology at Marmomacc in Hall 3, Stand A3/A13.

 

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