Italy to reopen factories in staged end to coronavirus lockdown

Italy will allow factories and building sites to reopen from May 4 and permit limited family visits as it prepares a staged end to Europe’s longest coronavirus lockdown, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Sunday. More than two months after the first case of COVID-19 appeared in a small town outside Milan and following weeks […]

DP World launches digital platform to move global trade online

Dubai-based global port operator DP World has launched a digital platform to facilitate trade freight forwarders and any business to book shipments of cargo from and to anywhere in the world, by any combination of sea, land and air, reported official news agency WAM. The unveiling of this platform follows DP World’s acquisition of, […]

US finished marble and granite imports and exports value from/ to Canada and Mexico between 2015-2019

The US Trade Representative recently announced that the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) will enter into force on July 1, 2020, after the US completed its domestic procedures to implement the agreement. Trump’s administration thinks it as a great step to recover crisis after the COVID-19 pandemic The entry of the USMCA into force starts a […]

China-Europe rail freight bucks Covid-19 trend

China State Railway Group Company (China Rail) said that container rail freight to Europe grew in the first quarter of 2020 as Chinese manufacturers resumed operations after the Covid-19 outbreak. Demand for medical protection equipment, much of which is manufactured in China, resulted in higher container volumes being railed to Europe. According to China Rail […]

World first geologic map of the moon released

The United States Geology Survey has provided a comprehensive and uniformly classified geologic map of the lunar surface for the first time.  The extensive geologic map of the moon will be used to develop further understanding of the outer space rocky surface and help orchestrate future human missions.   Completion of what is being referred to as the “Unified Geologic Map of […]

Greece’s Marble Products Exports Growth: February 2020

The coronavirus pandemic first appeared in Greece in the end of February 2020. But the effects of its outbreak and spread globally were obvious still since January. Trade was the sector mostly hit all over the world in many of its divisions. This article will show how Greece’s marble export trade was affected in February. […]

Dubai Expo confirms new dates: Oct 1, 2021 until Mar 31, 2022

The General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has approved the request of the UAE government and its Executive Committee to postpone Dubai Expo 2020 to next year. With a BIE General Assembly impossible to stage due to Covid-19 restrictions, Member States voted remotely on the BIE Executive Committee’s recommendation for a delay […]

Special “OPEN FOR BUSINESS” badge for Marmomacchine members

In expectation of the generalized re-opening of work for the Italian stone/techno-stone industry as of this May 4, CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE, through its graphics offices, has prepared a special “OPEN FOR BUSINESS badge for all member companies, available also combined with corporate logos, especially through digital and social channels in their notifications about the re-launch of work. The association believes that […]

EU’s marble and granite products export value to Mexico 2015-2019

The European Union and Mexico recently concluded the last outstanding element of the negotiation of their new trade agreement. Under this new EU-Mexico agreement, practically all trade in goods between the EU and Mexico will be duty-free. The agreement also now includes progressive rules on sustainable development, such as a commitment to effectively implementing the […]

US Census Bureau reports impacts on construction spending

Construction spending showed declines in many sectors in March, when the Covid-19 pandemic delivered its first blows on the world’s economies, but a small bright spot can be found in the increase in communications related construction, likely in response to a greater demand for at-home connectivity, according to reports. The first impacts of the pandemic on US construction spending […]