At $18.3 million in value and more than 2 million square feet, the May 2012 totals for quartz-slab import values set new monthly records.
In value, Spain far outpaces all other countries; its $9.4 million shows a 328% increase from the previous year, and accounts for more than half of all quartz-slab imports this May. Israel keeps pace with its current export rate at $4.3 million, a 10.8% gain from last may. China continues to build strength, coming only a few dollars short of $1.6 million and besting last May by 235.9%.
Spain dominates volume as well, becoming the first country to top the million-square-feet mark for one month with 1.04 million ft² in May – a stunning 453.8% increase from the previous year. Israel’s 502,147 ft² gives it a 79% boost from last May, and China moves 209,498 ft² into the United States for an annual gain of 259.4%.
StatWatch is a snapshot of U.S. dimensional-stone and hard-surfaces imports, offering a summary and exclusive Stone Update analysis of data from the U.S. International Trade Commission. Comparisons are made mainly to gauge market trends. Analysis is made on import figures of the latest month available.
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- Category: StatWatch (Monthly Report) StatWatch (Monthly Report)
- Published: 03 August 2012 03 August 2012