The international fair of reference for the stone sector is the best showcase for the production of marble Made in Italy on worldwide markets. It is the only event that covers the entire production and distribution chain: from raw stone to worked pieces, machinery and accessories, all the way to the most innovative design solutions. The 48th edition of Marmomacc, the International Fair of Stones, Design and Technologies, at Veronafiere, will be full of new developments. The fair has confirmed its international character year after year, and in 2012 it welcomed over 1400 exhibitors, of which 60% came from 57 foreign countries, seen by 56,000 sector professionals (52% foreign, from 140 nations). To favor growth opportunities, also through cultural events and high-level experimentation, Marmomacc offers many initiatives to facilitate the encounter of businesses, architects and designers, spreading knowledge of stone and its many applications. These events include the exhibitions of Inside Marmomacc, as well as conferences, seminars and training projects of the Stone Academy, and the project Marmomacc & Design – Fluid Stone based on the desire to make exhibitors and young designers work together on design research in this area.