(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Nine Omani marble and stone manufactures returned from the 48th annual International Trade Fair for Stone Design and Technology (Marmomacc) held in Verona, Italy having secured over 100 export orders each worth between US8,000 to US10,000.
Omani marble will now be used in leading banks, hotels and offices in Austria, Italy, Algeria, Ireland, Libya and Egypt,a press release said.
The Omani delegation was led by the Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (Paiped) and included representatives from Al Turki Enterprises, Hamood Al Rashidi & Bros Trading Co, Gulf Mining Materials Co, Gulf Stone Co, Services & Trade Marble and Mining LLC, Al Shanfari Marble Co, Al Rawas Marble & Granite LLC, Al-Zerabi Trading Establishment and Noor al Sharq for Artificial Stone LLC.
Nasima al Balushi, Paiped's director general of export development, said, ''Its marvellous to see the positive response received for our pavilion. Indeed, the orders won clearly demonstrate the quality and pricing of Omani marble. We brought more exhibitors to this year's show and given the success of our participation I fully expect to see a bigger Omani pavilion at Marmomacc 2014.''
Held from September 25-28, the sultanate's Marmomacc pavilion showcased Omani marble and stone products to more than 800 visitors, presenting samples that are unique to the country such as Salalah Rose,' Ibra Fancy' and Desert Bronze marble.'
Less than a month after the exhibition, 22 per cent of firms that exhibited under the Omani pavilion have secured contracts with Italian distributors.
As part of exhibition, the Italian Trade Commission conducted courses on advanced marble quarrying and processing technology for delegates from over 20 countries. Paiped also organised a specialised workshop on how to recycle marble waste and making operations more cost-efficient.
In 2012, Omani marble and stone valued at over US24mn were exported to major markets in Asia and Europe, the release a