The 2022 Xiamen Stone Fair has opened today, with the previous fair traditionally being held every year from March 6 to 9. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the timing of stone exhibitions has often been adjusted in recent years. This year, the fair will run from July 30 to August 2, 2022, for a total of four days.
As a result of the ongoing pandemic, the number of exhibitors this year is expected to be significantly lower than in previous years. Since most visitors from overseas are unlikely to come to China at present, we expect to see mainly Chinese visitors and few, if any, foreigners in attendance.
During our visit to the fair, my coworker and I took the opportunity to tour the booths of several companies involved in the artificial stone sector. We have some images from our tours that we would like to share with you.
The Porcelain Slabs industry has experienced significant growth in recent years, with this trend expected to continue this year. The majority of exhibitors at the trade show are manufacturers from large ceramic companies like Marco Polo, New Pearl, Shunhui, and Nobel Ceramics, all of which produce porcelain slabs.
Porcelain slabs are highly versatile and suitable for use both indoors and outdoors, making them an excellent choice for walls, floors, and counters due to their exceptional hardness and scratch resistance. The preferred thickness for most applications is 12 mm, but some factories can produce slabs up to 20 mm thick.
When it comes to manufacturing porcelain slabs, some factories use Italian-made "System" brand plants, while others use Chinese-made machinery. The quality and pricing of the slabs may vary depending on the manufacturing equipment used.
We typically recommend that our clients import porcelain slabs from factories that use Italian machinery, positioning themselves at the high end of the market. However, some markets may prefer more affordable materials, and there is no judgment on the quality of materials based on their pricing. Our goal is to help clients find the right materials that fit within their budget.
Quartz surfaces have emerged as a leader in the artificial stone industry in recent years. They are an excellent option for kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops, and many quartz slab producers exhibited their products at the Xiamen stone show.
What was different this year was that, in addition to the majority of quartz exhibitors being mainland Chinese manufacturers, we also saw some manufacturers from the Philippines, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Vietnam exhibiting their products.
These Southeast Asian quartz manufacturers primarily target US importers, as the US government has imposed anti-dumping duties on Chinese quartz. This policy has forced US customers to turn to other countries outside mainland China for their quartz sourcing, and has also motivated many Chinese entrepreneurs to invest and set up factories outside mainland China.
Although the US anti-dumping policy may seem like a bad thing for US importers and mainland Chinese exporters, it has forced Chinese entrepreneurs to set up factories and hire workers in other countries, which has helped them grow and gain experience. So, it may also be a good thing for them.
Artificial quartz stone is typically manufactured in thicknesses of 20 and 30 millimeters, and the majority of Chinese-made quartz products are exported to markets outside of the United States.
The advantages of artificial quartz stone include its high hardness, good toughness, resistance to cracking, uniform color, lack of pores, oil and stain resistance, and low maintenance requirements.
Similar to the tile industry, the quartz stone industry introduces new designs each year to attract consumers. Constant innovation and the development of new colors are crucial for factories to survive in this competitive industry.
Many people ask me if there are any advantages to comparing Chinese quartz factories to those of the world's most famous quartz brands.
My response is that Chinese quartz factories have lower costs for developing new colors compared to many other countries' factories, and the speed is faster.
This is because most Chinese quartz factories use manual platforms, making the development of new colors more flexible. On the other hand, factories that utilize fully automated quartz production lines require significant investment and are slower in developing new colors.
Terrazzo is a versatile material that is commonly used for flooring, wall coverings, and interior and exterior design.
Thanks to its excellent compressive strength, terrazzo can support the weight of heavy machinery and withstand the constant strain of foot traffic.
Terrazzo can be produced on-site or in prefabricated form, but most manufacturers supply prefabricated terrazzo which can be mass-produced and supplied to wholesalers and large retailers.
At this exhibition, most of the participating terrazzo manufacturers are from Fujian and Guangdong provinces.
One of the benefits of terrazzo is its ability to be customized to meet the specific needs and preferences of customers, allowing for the development of unique designs tailored to their individual tastes.
You are welcome to get in touch with me if you require any further information.