Through the first 10 months of 2013, exports of natural stone from Brazil grew by 23.27% over the same period a year earlier — reaching a total of $1.1 billion, according to data released by the Brazilian Center Exporters of Dimensional Stones (Centrorochas).

Brazilian stone exports
Exports of natural stone from Brazil grew by 23.27% during the first 10 months of 2013 compared to the previous year.
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The state of Espírito Santo, which represents Brazil’s primary stone for stone production and export, saw growth of 28.65% for the first 10 months of 2013, reaching a total of $860.2 million. The state was also responsible for exporting 1.63 million of the 2.3 tons of stone exported by Brazil as a while.

According to Centrorochas, Brazil has a total of 1,250 gangsaws in operation, of which 142 feature the latest multi-wire technology. This demonstrates the country’s willingness to invest in state-of-the-art equipment. The main export targets for Brazilian suppliers are the U.S., which consumes 78% of polished slabs exported, and China, which consumes 56% of blocks exported.