• Market summary Demand analysis Market structure Analysis of the offer Rules and regulations Positioning of the actors
  • Services
  • Analysts
  • Process
  • Opinions

the slate market

Update 30/09/2019



Slate is a rock from a clay  which is part of the family of shales . It has properties that allow it to split due to its cleavage in the direction of sedimentation. Traditionally used as a roofing material for outdoor buildings (roofing and roof tiles in particular), slate is a material that can also be used in interiors, bathrooms and kitchens (worktops). As a result, the solutions of slate building are considered to be very sustainable and are widely used worldwide as a building material, both inside and outside the building.

The world's largest slate market, France imports more than 95% of its needs from Spain, all its deposits being exhausted (the last major slate mining operation in France closed in March 2014). According to the Echoes France alone consumes almost half of the tonnes of slate produced in the world and the particular segment of natural slate (representing the largest part of the market) in France is growing, despite a decline in the overall market for slate in France.

The slate market is dominated by certain important players, such as the group Cupa which leaves little room for new entrants. To survive an unfavourable economic situation, the players in the slate market are seeking to reach the specifiers (architects and the general public), and no longer only the roofers . The largest consumers of slate, behind France, are Australia, the Netherlands, Ireland and Poland. New markets are emerging in Finland, Kosovo, Japan, Kuwait and Qatar.

The slate sector is gradually freeing itself from technological challenges, to offer increasingly innovative systems Pre-assembled set of façade cladding panels for contemporary architecture, or invisible thermal solar panel systems, made of 100% slate, which uses its ability to heat easily with solar radiation, even in the absence of sunlight. Slate is a product with unbeatable technical properties which adapts to all projects and provides them with considerable added value. Natural slate gives any type of roof or facade an inimitable and timeless appearance that will last forever.

To keep reading, buy the full research

Availability: 5 business days

Our offers

Updated Market research

Add to cart

129€ HT

  • Market research updated
  • Data from more than 30 databases
  • Market study in pdf format
  • A question: (+33) 9 70 46 55 00
  • Download an example


Consultant BCG

Aurélien Russo

Aurélien Russo logo 1 Aurélien Russo logo 2
 En cours de contrôle et mise à jour

En cours de contrôle et mise à jour

En cours de contrôle et mise à jour

Nos études de marché sont  contrôlées et mise à jour par des analystes séniors. Cette étape est indispensable et nécessite un délai entre votre achat et la réception de votre étude.


 En cours de certification

En cours de certification

En cours de certification

Nos études de marché sont relues par des profils indépendants: experts du secteur ou spécialistes des études. Ce contrôle est indispensable et nécessite un délai entre votre commande et la réception de l’étude.


Analysts & Methods



Expert advice

Opinions (0)