September 1, 2006
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
The sixth edition of the International Natural Stone Fair, Piedra 2006, which was held from May 10 to 13 in Madrid, Spain, presented a strong international flavor and achieved some highly favorable results, organizers report. The fair, which featured the participation of 873 direct exhibitors, had a net exhibition area of over 280,000 square feet throughout the halls of the Feria De Madrid. It welcomed the largest number of visitors in its history - 29,000 in all. This figure represents a 7.4% increase compared to the last edition, and confirms the considerable interest that this event generates among professionals from the industry.

Attendees came from the U.S., the countries of the European Union, Mexico, Korea, Japan and the Gulf countries, which are all priority markets due to their status as leading importers of natural stone throughout the world. In this respect, due to the selection of buyers carried out by IFEMA in conjunction with the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and the Hudson Economic Group, this edition witnessed an almost three-fold increase in the number of professionals from the U.S.

For these visitors and for Spanish companies interested in doing business in new areas, a “Welcome Meeting” was organized on the first day of the fair, where the participants were given an opportunity to discover the new trends and characteristics of both markets through the presentations delivered by a number of renowned experts in the field, including: Manuel Regueiro, on behalf of the FDP; Gary Distelhorst, on behalf of MIA; and Lloyd Henry, on behalf of the Hudson Economic Group.

In order to mark the staging of Piedra 2006, the fair also hosted the presentation of the Piedra 2006 Architecture Awards, an initiative undertaken by IFEMA and the Spanish Natural Stone Federation, FDP, with a view to promoting the use of Spanish natural stone and promoting a greater awareness of its richness, quality and decorative qualities within the building sector.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Stone World 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

November 2013 Stone Products Gallery

Take a look at some of the latest stone industry products.


Stone World Magazine

April 2014 stone world cover

2014 April

In this month's issue of Stone World, check out an extensive preview of Coverings 2014, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in April. Also learn more about various types of limestone that were used to build private residences.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine


2014 Spring

This issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design includes our annual focus on Kitchen and Bath design

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Training Program

How formal is your training program for new employees?
View Results Poll Archive

The Stone World Store

How to Polish & Restore Marble Flooring

This video will show you step-by-step how to resurface and polish marble flooring from grinding and removing lippage and scratches to achieving a highly reflective polish.

More Products

Italian Trade Commission Coverings exhibitor preview

Italian Trade Commission logo 2

The Italian Trade Commission is presenting a large group of the most innovative and internationally renowned Italian suppliers of dimensional natural stones. We hope your busy schedule will allow you to join us for a “genuine” espresso in booth N. 4045 and explore the exciting Italian natural stone resources offered by our exhibitors. Check out Italian stone producers exhibiting at Coverings 2014 here!


Stone Industry Education

stone industry educationStone Industry Education is sponsored by Stone World Magazine and Marble Institute of America. The SIE events will help you: strengthen your skills, build your business, and  increase profit in your shop.  Check out to register for upcoming fabricator and installer seminars.


facebook logo Twitter  YouTube