According to a recent study, overall consumption of alcohol this year would have increased by 14%. Be sure in the natural stone industry it would have increased by at least 28 %.
The colour back in fashion in a big way.
Or should we call it Coronavirus? Does it make any difference? Did we talk of anything else?
One positive thing this year has been many company owners have had made progress in digitalisation of their businesses: in stocking, processes, production, etc.
The pandemic has been devastating in the EU, but most of the natural stone industry has been active and busy for almost the entire year, except for a couple of months in the second quarter of the year.
We used to complain there were too many of them. By now many people are missing them.
GREY / WHITE
These colours continue to be the most popular everywhere.
The most important development in EU and US which saved this year for the natural stone industry.
One of the fundamental elements of the natural stone business is inspection by the buyers- and this was largely substituted by self-inspections
The several government support measures in many developed countries was the key reason why relatively few jobs have been lost in the stone industry this year.
So many new quarries have opened this year, and in the province of Konya in Turkey, more than anywhere else.
One of the applications of natural stone where there was the biggest increase this year.
If anyone thought that by wearing masks one good aspect was being unrecognisable, well, not true. You still get recognised
One of the important ways in which people tried to forget the reality.
In December, at last, optimism. One can now see the end of the nightmare is near.
Continues to take away market share from natural stone, virus or no virus.
Another new word that has part of our daily vocabulary.
One of the most important criteria during this year for stone buyers everywhere for placing orders was the reputation of the stone supplying company. A reputation for reliability, quality, seriousness, trust, was what mattered. Price, for once, mattered less.
Shortage of all kinds of supplies was a serious problem for companies, especially in the first half of the year.
With business travel having ground to a complete halt, mutual trust became the most important basis of closing deals.
In spite of the pandemic, USA continued to remain a dynamic market.
At the start of the year no one knew what these were. By the end of the year everyone was fed up of them.
Will it be the first major trade show in 2021?
Some of the wealthier businessmen in the stone industry used to think of owning yachts as a luxury. Now the excuse for owning one is it is an essential business expense, and being on it as much as possible, a safety measure.
No one had even heard of the word in the month of January. By December it has become a fundamental tool in business negotiations and long distance conversations.