ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA MARMOMACCHINE
CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE (The Italian MARMOMACCHINE Association), founded in 1984 as an association of makers and users of machinery and equipment to work natural stone, is the Confindustria association in the stone sector representing the entire Italian techno-stone production chain.
MEMBER COMPANIES More than 300 companies and organizations/territorial consortiums belong to CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE. It can be joined by all Italian companies in the techno-stone sector, taken to include allied sectors of makers of machinery, technology and tools for extracting and processing ornamental stones as well as producers and workers of marble, granite and authentically natural stones in general. Each of the two macrosegments comprising the association is dealt with thematically by the Stone and Technology Executive Committees, which together with the Board of Directors and Advisory Board make up the association’s governing bodies.
INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS Belonging to all of Italy’s major production sectors, the companies and territorial organizations that are members of CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE delegate it their representation in all official contexts, ensuring the association itself a broad representativeness nationally and internationally that over the years has enabled it to be accredited with Italian ministries, the Italian Foreign Trade Commission, universities and public and private organizations as the reference employers’ association for the whole Italian techno-stone sector.
REPRESENTATION CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE is a part of Confindustria (the General Confederation of Italian Industry) as an active member representing both the “stone” sector and the allied “stone-working machinery and technology” sector. Its participation in the Confindustria system is completed by its membership in FEDERMACCHINE (the Italian Association of Instrumental Goods Makers) and in EUROROC, the European Federation of Marble Industries.
UNION ACTIVITIES CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE represents and safeguards the Italian techno-stone industry as sole employers’ association involved in nationwide collective labor bargaining in the stone and extraction sector and in all the activities connected to relations with sector unions.
STANDARDIZATION WORK Where standards are concerned, CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE is heavily involved both with stone materials and with the machinery and technology to extract and work them, participating in the work being done by the CEN TC 246 and in particular by WG3, charged with drafting standards for stone products. For the natural stone-working machinery and equipment sector, Confindustria Marmomacchine holds the presidency (Convenorship) of WG11/CEN TC 151.
ASSOCIATIVE TRADEMARKS All the companies belonging to CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE acquire the right to use the “Member of CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE” trademark. The association also promotes the PIETRA AUTENTICA (the Italian version of Genuine Stone) trademark reserved to companies producing, processing and marketing products in authentically natural stone, as well as the MARMO MACCHINE MARK licensed to Italian makers of stoneworking machinery strictly made in Italy and complying with special rules for concession and inspection.
SECTORIAL TRAINING CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE has long been busily engaged in job training and technical-managerial updating in Italy and foreign countries, having in its Quarry Schools and Workshop Schools organized in various parts of the world the projects with greatest international resonance. Nationally, it oversees FONDIMPRESA training contracts.
TRADESHOW/PROMOTIONAL WORK CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE’s international promotion endeavors have key moments in international tradeshow participation. At foreign shows CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE is both organizer of groups displays for Italian companies and provider of a Meeting Point Italia open to all its members. CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE actively participates in more than 15 international techno-stone shows a year, to each one bringing a full roster of member companies.
SECTOR PUBLICATIONS CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE promotes its member companies and the Italian techno-stone sector through its own publications: its house organ, MARMOMACCHINE INTERNATIONAL and its annual DIRECTORY. These are specialized publications used as reference texts by sector operators and opinion leaders as well as by organizations, universities, fair boards and research institutes.
ASSISTANCE TO MEMBERS A priority for CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE is safeguarding its members, for whom it provides a series of services and facilitations including: • International distribution of member company references through the association’s Directory and house organ in interactive digital formats, both on the web and as apps; • Information and education regarding safety, quality and certifications for stone materials and green building; • Confindustria-context and its own agreements concerning daily business dealings; • Agreements with specialized travel agencies for members’ business trips; • Experts always available for every kind of stone sector consultancy. • Through its own Studies Center, CONFINDUSTRIA MARMOMACCHINE is able to furnish official statistics on the Italian and worldwide stone sectors, expertly processed through years of experience and the on-site monitoring of all the world’s major stone markets.
Published on Mar 20, 2017