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Stone+tec Nürnberg 2011

Leap Stone (January 20, 2011)

Spirit of optimism in Europe

Stone+tec Nürnberg 2011, which takes place in the Nürnberg exhibition centre from 22–25 June, comes at a good time. Despite the weakness of some individual members, the economic signs for the majority of the EU countries and the neighbouring countries indicate growth again. In Germany alone, the forecast for 2010 has been corrected upwards in December for the second time. Experts currently assume that the gross domestic product will grow by 3.6 per cent, which would be the strongest growth since German reunification. The main factor for this growth is the continuing big demand from abroad. The forecasts for the euro zone are somewhat lower, but also clearly in the positive range.

“The importance of the European economic region as a reliable pillar of the worldwide natural stone industry against the background of individual boom regions is often forgotten,” says Elke Harreiß, Project Manager of Stone+tec at NürnbergMesse. “But nowhere else has stone such a long and varied history as here and for all the short-term trends still has great overall importance and stability to show.” At Stone+tec Nürnberg 2011, many companies from all over the world again make use of the advantage of being present at the heart of this interesting market. For example, exhibitors at the exhibition again present their products in pavilions that reflect the extensive and varied range of stone from certain countries and regions.

Transalpine cooperation
Italy as one of the classic natural stone countries has a machinery construction industry with a long tradition as well as its stone deposits. “The Italian manufacturers in this sector are undoubtedly among the key players throughout the world,” says Willy Viethen, Director Exhibitions at NürnbergMesse. “We are therefore all the more pleased to have signed a cooperation agreement with the Italian association CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE for the coming Stone+tec.” Its member companies will present their products on a total of over 1,700 square metres at Stone+tec Nürnberg.

Flavio Marabelli, Honorary President of CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE, is also pleased about this cooperation: “After exhibiting at Stone+tec in Nürnberg for many years, our association expresses its great satisfaction at being chosen by NürnbergMesse as preferred contact for relationships with the Italian companies in the sector. This satisfaction is increased by the success of the initiative, as more than 30 of the Italian companies in CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE want to use the exclusive opportunity to exhibit at the next edition of this important event.” Marabelli is sure: “Our association regards Stone+tec as an exhibition of vital importance for stone specialists wanting to open up the German-speaking markets and the markets of North and Central Europe. For the Italian companies, Stone+tec is thus an essential orientation factor for the producers of material and especially for the manufacturers of machinery and other equipment.”