Stone World

Basic/Mines Compendium of World Dimension Stone Data available from MIA

December 2, 2010


The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has announced the release of a new report that provides a handy reference to world stone production statistics by country for a variety of natural stones such as granite and marble. This report, prepared by Basics/Mines, can be downloaded from the association’s online bookstore.

Authored by Harold A. Taylor, president of Basics/Mines, this report showcases production and demand by type of stone, import and export statistics, and includes a variety of graphs.

“Stone production data is available from a variety of sources, but obtaining the information can be a time consuming project,” said Taylor. “We have made it easy with this new compendium available from the MIA bookstore.”

MIA members can download the full report for just $24.90. The table of contents can also be accessed online for review purposes. This report focuses on several key stone production areas, including the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Turkey, China and India.

According to the report, Italy and Spain dominated the production of dimension stone prior to 1990-95. Since then, peers of those producers have expanded their operations and markets. Additionally, the residential use of dimension stone has greatly expanded in North America, Japan, Korea and China. However, the U.S. continues to be a driving force in a growing stone market.