Materials & Design
Natural stone and artificial stone materials are challenging the world of architecture and interior design.
The 31st “Marble and Stones in the World” report of 2021 highlights a growth in the stone sector for which a new record was recorded: 155 million tons of production.
The sector is characterized by important international exchanges, giving rise to import-export flows with a turnover of over $19 billion. The growth trend of artificial stone is evident, whose global export, compared to natural stone, increased from 21.5% in 2010 to 35% in 2019. In fact, designers and consumers prefer composite materials, above all for their particular characteristics of versatility and economic value.
This new type of stone stands out for its different matrix: ceramic or quartz. Physically different, the two materials are completely homogeneous to the eye and are very similar to natural stone to the point of making it difficult to distinguish one from the other.