The global market for stone, sand, and clay has been experiencing significant shifts since 2020. The value of the global mineral sands market is projected to grow from $44.90 billion in 2022 to $53.74 billion by 2029, with a CAGR of 2.6%. The silica sands market, important for various industrial applications, was valued at $11.29 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to reach $18.98 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 7.7%. Meanwhile, the global stone market witnessed a growth from $12.51 billion in 2022 to $13.6 billion in 2023, with a projected CAGR of 9.6% leading up to $23.5 billion in 2029. The industrial clay market was valued at US$5.12 billion in 2022 and is expected to expand to US$7.5 billion by 2029, experiencing a CAGR of 5.64%. However, the sector has faced challenges due to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, which has led to increased costs, particularly energy prices, impacting businesses including those in the extraction sector with a 6.3 percent increase in extraction costs noted between January 2022 and September 2023..**Trends and Dynamics in the Italian Stone, Sand, and Clay Market** The Italian market for stone, sand, and clay has exhibited several key trends and dynamics that shape the industry. The turnover for enterprises engaged in the extraction of these materials showed a robust growth, climbing from around 2 billion euros to approximately 2.3 billion euros between 2017 and 2021, an increase of about 13%. Despite a dip in 2020 likely due to the pandemic, the sector recovered swiftly with a 17.3% growth in turnover in the subsequent year. A similar pattern is observed in the value of production sold, although there was a slight reduction of 7.8% in 2020. However, over the five-year span from 2017 to 2021, there was an increase of 16.6% in value, reflecting a sturdy market with ascending demand. In terms of foreign trade, Italy has seen fluctuations in the import and export values of natural sands and stone works. While the import value of natural sands decreased by 26.2% from 2018 to 2021, exports in this category dipped initially but showed a noteworthy surge of 39.8% in 2021, before decreasing again in 2022. In parallel, the value of stone works imports declined significantly by 39.3% from 2018 to 2020, followed by a recovery in 2021. However, exports in this category remained consistently lower than imports, indicating a potential trade deficit in this market segment. The Russian-Ukrainian conflict has had a substantial impact on the Italian stone, sand, and clay mining sector. The rise in energy, agricultural, and metal prices due to the hostilities has led to increased costs for businesses. This is confirmed by the uplift in producer prices for extraction, which soared by 6.3% over 21 months, reflecting the strain on production costs within the sector. With a vantage point on demand, there was a remarkable reduction of 73.8% in the quantity of building stones sold between 2021 and 2022, while marble and travertine saw a slight upswing of around 18.8% in the same time frame. The sale of silica sands and other non-silica sands also experienced gains of 21.8% and 49.8%, respectively, from 2021 to 2022. Nonetheless, the production sold of refractory clays contracted significantly by 53.6.### Prominent Figures in Italy's Stone, Sand, and Clay Mining Market Italy's stone, sand, and clay mining industry is a mosaic of seasoned companies, each playing a pivotal role in shaping the sector's landscape. Ranging from historical family-owned enterprises to modern, internationally-oriented ventures, these companies contribute to the strong reputation of Italian natural materials on the global stage. **Leonepietra**: With its roots stretching back over six decades, Leonepietra is synonymous with the extraction and processing of extra-hard Arenite natural stone from Gorgoglione. Its tenure in the industry is marked by a commitment to tradition and quality, supplying stone for numerous prestigious works across Italy. **Ranieri Pietra Lavica**: Specializing in volcanic stone, Ranieri Pietra Lavica is a torchbearer for Italian design, creating large monolithic blocks for high-end architectural projects. Their commitment to aesthetic excellence has made them a stalwart in the realm of interior design. **Mura Antonio Lussorio Ignazio**: Holding a reputation that resonates beyond Italian borders, this company establishes itself in the extraction and processing of natural stone, commanding respect in the international stone industry. **Menegoni srl**: An enterprise with a rich history dating back to 1934, Menegoni has distinguished itself as a producer of some of the world's most cherished green marble, catering to a diverse range of client requests. **Grassi 1880 quarries srl**: From the heart of Nanto comes Grassi 1880, a business whose 130-year saga of family craftsmanship has been dedicated to new architectural trends, focusing on innovation in stone design and techniques. **O.M.G. Ossola marbles and granites srl**: With a contemporary approach to the stone industry, O.M.G. specializes in the extraction, processing, and trade of valued stones such as rosewood marble, serizzo, and beola from the Ossola Valley. **VielEmozione Pietra**: More than two decades of experience stand behind Viel's work with marble and natural stone. They are recognized for providing supply, processing, and installation services, emphasizing the timeless charm of these ancient materials. **Odorizzi soluzioni in pietra srl**: Globally recognized for its mastery of porphyry quarrying and processing, Odorizzi is regarded as a leader in supply and installation, possessing a vast array of chromatic varieties and serving an international clientele. **RUGGI - raw materials
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1 Synthèse du marché

1.1 Introduction

The stone, sand, and clay mining market in Italy includes the extraction activities of stone, sand, and clay materials used in various sectors, such as construction, manufacturing, and civil engineering. The market includes:

  • Building stone: Includes stone quarried for construction purposes, such as making walls, flooring and cladding. Building stone is widely used in the construction industry for its durability and strength.
  • Ornamental stone: This type of stone is quarried for decorative and artistic purposes. It is used for creating sculptures, monuments, architectural cladding and design elements within buildings.
  • Construction sand: Construction sand is a key material in the construction industry. It is used for the production of concrete, mortar and plaster. Its grain size and chemical composition are important in ensuring the quality and performance of building materials.
  • Foundry sand: Foundry sand is a specific type of sand used in the metal casting process. it is essential for creating molds and patterns for the production of metal parts in various industries, such as automotive and aerospace.
  • Ceramic clay: Ceramic clay is mined for the production of ceramic materials, such as bricks, tiles, tableware and sanitary ware. Its plasticity and ability to withstand high temperature make it ideal for processing and firing ceramic artifacts.

Italy is famous for the variety and quality of its stone materials. Among the best known are Carrara marble, Ligurianslate, and Latium travertine. In addition to these, there are numerous other types of local stones that have become more widespread over time. For example, serpentine, quarried in Valmalenco, is a durable rock used for cladding and flooring. Barge stone and quartzite are used for road work in Piedmont, while Luserna stone is widely used for interior cladding.[Infobuild]

The study focuses on the stone, sand and clay mining market in Italy. For information on related markets, such as mineral extraction, see the specific studies available in the Businesscoot catalog.

1.2 The global market

The market for sand, stone and clay is a crucial sector in the world economy, playing a key role in multiple industries. Demand for these materials is growing steadily, fueled by their use inconstruction, building, glass and ceramic production, and numerous other applications. These natural components form the essential basis in ...

1.3 The local market

The value of turnover of enterprises engaged in stone, sand, and clay extraction between **** and **** is considered below. During the time frame under analysis, there is an overall growth in turnover from * billion euros in **** to *.* billion euros in ****. This increase translates into +**.*%. The growth appears to be constant throughout the ...

1.4 Foreign market analysis

The analysis of trade flows related to imports and exports of the analyzed sector is broken down by product type. In particular, natural sands(***) are considered.

Regarding the value of the foreign market for natural sands, there is an oscillating flow in the value of both imports and exports. There is ...

1.5 Impact of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine

The Russian-Ukrainian conflict has had a significant impact on the global economy, including Italy's, also affecting thestone, sand and clay mining sector. The tensions and uncertainties generated by the military crisis have grafted onto a picture already made difficult by the continuing pandemic and upward pressure on the prices of various ...

2 Analyse de la demande

2.1 Demand characteristics

By analyzing the production sold in tons, it is possible to obtain a quantitative measure of the demand for a product, allowing one to assess its popularity and level of demand in the market. Specifically below is the production sold of stone, sand and clay during the last few years available ...

2.2 Demand drivers

To carry out a drier analysis of the demand for stone, sand and clay extraction, the evolution of the number of construction companies (***) thanks mainly to the introduction of tax bonuses for renovation andmodernization of buildings starting in ****.

Construction companies Italy, ****-****, in thousands Istat

2.3 Geographical distribution of demand

To analyze the value of the geographical distribution of demand, enterprises active in the construction sector are taken into consideration. Specifically, the Northwest collects the largest share of enterprises, accounting for **.* percent of the total; followed by the Northeast with **.* percent and the Center with **.* percent. In the South , the share ...

3 Structure du marché

3.1 Market structure and dynamics

Enterprises involved in the extraction of stone, sand and clay in Italy play a key role in the national economy. These materials are used in various sectors, such asconstruction,manufacturing, and the infrastructure sector. Mining contributes to the production of construction materials essential for the construction of buildings, roads and infrastructure. ...

3.2 Value Chain

The value chain in the stone, sand and clay mining market involves several stages. Initially, extraction takes place in quarries, followed by processing and transformation of materials. Then, companies distribute the finished products to builders, building material manufacturers and other related industries. Success depends on the quality of the extracted materials, ...

3.3 Geographical distribution of mining sites (quarries and mines)

In order to know the geographical distribution of active mining sites, a map is proposed with the share of quarries and mines present in each macro-region in relation to the national total. The Northeast and Northwest concentrate the highest percentage of the mining sites present in Italy, **.* percent and **.* percent, respectively; ...

3.4 Main actors

The following is a list of the main players involved in stone, sand and clay mining in Italy:

Stone quarrying:

Cava Leonepietra - extraction from natural stone quarry in Gorgoglione: a company operating in the extraction and processing of extra-hard Arenite nautral stone from Gorgoglione for over ** years. Founded in **** as ...

4 Analyse de l'offre

4.1 Type of Offering

The cultivation of quarry material deposits is subject to the issuance of a permit for quarry activity; the latter is subject to the provisions of R.L. March **, ****, No. ** - "Rules for the regulation of quarry activity." The types of extractable materials are classified by Article * of the said law as ...

4.2 Prices

To analyze the prices forstone, sand, and clay extraction, we consider the producer price indexes over the time period from **** to ****. When analyzing the producer price index for stone, sand, and clay extraction, a significant increase can be seen between January **** and October ****. During this period, the producer price index increased ...

5 Règlementation

5.1 Rules and regulations

Italian and European regulations governing sand, clay and stone mining vary depending on the material being mined.

In Italy, sand mining activities are regulated by specific regulations that focus on the safety and health of workers in this sector. Relevant general regulations include Legislative Decree No. ***/**** and Legislative Decree No. **/****. These ...

6 Positionnement des acteurs

6.1 Segmentation

Italian enterprises

Foreign enterprises

  • Ranieri Pietra Lavica srl
  • Menegoni srl
  • O.M.G. Ossola marmi e graniti srl
  • Odorizzi soluzioni in pietra srl
  • RUGGI - materie prime per industria e ceramica
  • Castiglia Inerti
  • Sibelco Italia spa

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Companies quoted in this study

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Ranieri Pietra Lavica srl
Menegoni srl
O.M.G. Ossola marmi e graniti srl
Odorizzi soluzioni in pietra srl
RUGGI - materie prime per industria e ceramica
Castiglia Inerti
Sibelco Italia spa

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