Marble is a rock derived from the transformation of limestones or dolomites, traditionally used as ornamental rock because of its aesthetic polish.
According to INSEE statistics, the stone cutting and shaping market in France generated a turnover of 623 million euros in 2012. According to UNICEM, the marble and limestone market in France represented a turnover of 198 million euros in 2013.
The marble market in France is particularly fragmented: according to INSEE, in 2012, 78% of companies in the stone cutting and shaping sector had less than 10 employees, and only 1.5% of them had more than 50 employees.
To resist international competition, the marble market is trying to organize itself through actions such as the environmental assessment of products, the traceability of the origin of stones ("identity card") or the implementation of a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).
The marble market is facing increasing international competition, particularly from India and China.
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