João Correia Neves, Secretary of State for the Economy: "The quality of the raw material and the national historical knowledge are the foundations of the success of this industry and of its global affirmation".
The stone sector has contributed exponentially to the affirmation of the country in the world. The Secretary of State for the Economy praised the STONE fair, which will take place between June 1 and 4 at Exposalão, in Batalha, highlighting its importance for bringing together the various professionals and companies in the sector.
Portugal is considered one of the world's players in the ornamental stone transformation process. What factors do you consider to be associated with this recognition?
The quality of the raw material and the historical national knowledge are the foundations of the success of this industry and of its global affirmation. However, in recent years, the industry has opened its doors to academia, research, collaboration between the various knowledge and industry agents, and has made significant advances in certification and quality processes. The recognized and historical know-how has been empowered with technology, certification, and training, and has exponentiated one of our most global industries.
How important is an event of this dimension?
An event of this dimension, located where the stone industry pulses stronger, with the presence of many of the agents that have made the success of the sector's recent trajectory. This fair will be another great opportunity to share knowledge, promote synergies and give visibility to the sector. It will certainly be days to celebrate the growth trajectory and discuss the future challenges of our economy and the natural stone sector.
Interview published in the full text in issue number 4 of VEJA Portugal magazine (coming soon)*