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Marble, a limestone rock of great beauty and variety, is widely used worldwide for decorative purposes, in sculpture and interior design. Its distinctive aesthetics and durability make it a material of choice for many architectural and artistic applications. The main types of marble, including Marmo Botticino, Travertino, Perlato di Sicilia, Bianco di Carrara, and others, offer a wide spectrum of colors and veining, ranging from crystal white to dark red and deep green.

In 2022, the value of the world marble market was estimated at $64.67 billion, with growth projections taking the market to a value of $92.67 billion by 2030, thanks to a compound annual growth rate of 4.6 percent. This growth is supported by continued demand in the construction and design sectors, as well as growing interest in natural and sustainable materials. The United States is confirmed as the largest importer of marble, while Turkey dominates exports.

This study offers an in-depth analysis of the marble market in Italy, examining consumption trends, competitive dynamics, and growth prospects for the sector, thus outlining a detailed overview of one of the most prestigious segments in the field of construction and decoration materials.

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1 Market Overview

1.1 Definition and presentation

Marble is a limestone rock in the form of calcite, the surface of which is laminated with fissures that are made of natural minerals and various colors. The basic color of calcite is white, but there is a wide variety of colored marbles because of the different sedimentary structures they may have. Usually, marble is used as a decorative rock, in sculpture or for interior design. The marble market can be segmented according to color, application, and geographical area. The main types of marble traded are:

  • Botticino marble: type ofcompact (pure) beige micritic limestone, quarried from the quarries of Botticino, Nuvolento, Nuvolera, Rezzato and Serle, in the province of Brescia
  • Travertine marble:elegantstonewhose color depends on the oxides in the material and can range from milky white to hazelnut to shades of yellow and red.
  • Sicilian pearl: consideredelegant and precious, it is resistant to impact and extreme temperatures.
  • White Carrara marble: and world renowned and has been used for over two thousand years in architecture and sculpture
  • Sicilian red marble:dark redcolorwith white veins.
  • Alpi green marble:its color varies between dark green and ochre, it is used for interior and exterior applications and is ideal for floors and walls and for sculpture
  • Statuary marble: composedof white crystalline limestone with gray veins, it is very famous all over the world.
  • Calacatta marble: isquarried in the mountains of the Carrara region, as well as in Versilia and Garfagnana. it is white in color with shaded veins ranging from light yellow to gray and green.

In 2022 the world marble market is estimated at 64.67 billion dollars. Modest growth in the global market is expected in the near future. For the 2023-2030 a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.6 percent, under which the global marble market could reach a total value of 92.67 billion dollars.The United States is the world's largest importer of marble. In 2022, the country imported marble with a total value of $1.55 billion.On the export side, Turkey is the world's leading exporter of marble. In 2022, the total value of this country's marble exports reached $1.96 billion.

This study focuses on the marble market in Italy by analyzing consumption trends, competitive dynamics and growth prospects for the industry. For information on related markets, such as mineral extraction in general, see the specific studies available in the Businesscoot catalog.

1.2 World market growth

In **** the world marble market is estimated at $**.** billion. Modest growth in the global market is expected in the near future. A compound annual growth rate (***) of *.* percent is projected for ****-****, under which the world marble market could reach a total value of $**.** billion by the end of the ...

1.3 The Italian market

Italy is at the center of the world marble market, falling among both the top exporters and top importers. However, between **** and ****, the value of production sold of marble and travertine appears to be declining. During the period analyzed, the value of extractions decreased from ***.* million euros to ***.* million euros, marking ...

1.4 Import - Export

For the analysis of trade flows out of and into Italy, the aggregate figure for HS Codes ****, ****** and ****** is considered.

Between **** and **** there is a gradual decline in the export coverage index, determined by the ratio of exports to imports multiplied by ***. Over the period analyzed, the index decreased from ****% in ...

1.5 The consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict

The outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in February **** has led to a general increase in prices, among other things. As for the mining of minerals from quarries and mines, between January **** and December ****, there is an increase in the producer price index by ** points, equivalent to a ** percent increase in mining ...

2 Demand analysis

2.1 Demand in Italy

For the analysis of marble demand in Italy, the amount of marble sold after extraction, the amount of marble extracted, and the share occupied by marble in the total minerals extracted are taken into consideration.

Between **** and ****, the total amount of marble and travertine sold after extraction increased by *.* percent, from ...

2.2 Demand drivers

For the analysis of the drivers of marble demand in Italy, trends in the number of companies active in artistic marble processing and the luxury real estate market (***) are analyzed.

As for enterprises active in the artistic processing of marble and related stones (***), with the number of company growing by *.*%.

Enterprises ...

2.3 Geographical distribution of demand

In order to visualize the geographical distribution of demand, a map was created with the share of luxury residential properties in each Italian macro-region.

In ****, the Northwest of the peninsula collects the highest share of luxury properties, accounting for **.*% of the national total. This is followed by the Center and the ...

2.4 New demand trends: between new uses and attention to sustainability

Consumer preferences for marble in **** show some interesting trends in the world of interior design. Marble is seen not only as a luxury material, but also as a key element in bringing elegance and modernity to living spaces. Two main trends that are shaping the demand for marble are:

Innovative use ...

3 Market structure

3.1 The market structure

To analyze the market structure Mining of ornamental and building stone, limestone, gypsum stone, chalk and slate" and **.**.* "Stone and marble sawing and processing." In particular, trends in the number of active enterprises and the number of employees in active enterprises are analyzed.

Mining

Between **** and ****, there is a gradual case ...

3.2 The value chain

The value chain for the marble market can be summarized as follows:

Extraction: The first stage of the marble value chain is the extraction of raw material from quarries. This process includes identifying marble deposits, using extraction techniques such as cutting and drilling, and transporting the raw blocks from the quarries. Transportation: ...

3.3 The main actors

The following is a proposed list of the main players active in marble extraction and processing in Italy:

Mining

Palissandro Marmi s.r.l: founded in ****, is an Italian company specializing in the processing and marketing of Palissandro marble, a particularly valuable and rare variety of marble, quarried exclusively in certain ...

3.4 The mining sites

Regarding mining sites and quarries in particular, between **** and **** there is a sharp decline in the total number in Italy. During the period analyzed, the number of quarries decreased from **** to ****, registering a decrease of **.*%. The decrease appears to be constant during the entire period and evenly distributed among the different ...

4 Supply analysis

4.1 Type of products

Below, we offer a non-exhaustive list of the main types of marble found in Italy.

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it is virtually impossible to list all the different varieties of marble, as their color shades and purity vary greatly. As early as ****, at the time of the First World Exhibition in France (***), a catalog ...

4.2 The prices

A list of market prices for the main types of marble with their extraction locations is proposed below:

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4.3 New supply trends: patented innovations

Two important innovations introduced by the approval of two separate patents concerning are proposed for the analysis of supply-side trends in the marble market in Italy:

A method for cutting and laying marble slabs. (***) cutting and laying of said slabs, variously combined. Euromarble s.r.l.'s patented method involves: Generation ...

5 Regulations

5.1 The regulation of mining activities in Italy

European Standards:

Directive **/***/EEC: concerns the implementation of measures to promote the improvement of the safety and health of workers at work. Directive **/**/EEC: concerning minimum requirements for improving the safety and health protection of workers in the mineral-extracting industries by drilling. Directive **/***/EEC: on the minimum requirements for improving the ...

6 Positioning of actors

6.1 Segmentation of actors

  • Palissandro Marmi s.r.l
  • Cooperativa Apuana Vagli Sopra Società Cooperativa
  • Italmarble Pocai s.r.l
  • Cavatori Canalgrande Società Cooperativa
  • Antolini Luigi & C. s.p.a
  • Marmi Orobici Graniti s.p.a
  • Mondial Granit s.p.a
  • Franchi Umberto Marmi s.p.a

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  • Global marble market
  • Major marble exporting countries by value
  • Major marble importing countries by value

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Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

Palissandro Marmi s.r.l
Cooperativa Apuana Vagli Sopra Società Cooperativa
Italmarble Pocai s.r.l
Cavatori Canalgrande Società Cooperativa
Antolini Luigi & C. s.p.a
Marmi Orobici Graniti s.p.a
Mondial Granit s.p.a
Franchi Umberto Marmi s.p.a

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