Most residential and commercial building owners have reduced the use of synthetic building materials to reduce the carbon footprint. This has led to the growth in the demand for natural stones such as marble and granite in commercial and residential construction projects. It is expected that the number of commercial buildings such as office space, hotels, hospitals, and recreation centers will grow significantly during the forecast period. Also, the rise in new residential construction projects driven by eco-conscious millennials that prefer natural stones to synthetic stones is expected to drive the demand for stone cutting machine.
According to Neelesh Prakash Singh, a lead analyst at Technavio for unit operations research, “Many homeowners prefer granite or marble as they are highly attractive, durable, and increase the homes' value. As building owners prefer natural stone flooring, the adoption of natural stone is expected to increase during the forecast period for residential and non-residential buildings. The growth in construction of hotels, resorts, shopping centers, malls, and others is expected to propel the demand for natural stones such as marble and granite. Other building materials consume more water and energy while natural stones consume fewer resources and do not require any safety coating during construction.”
Technological advances assist in creating better stone processing machines as they are manufactured with more precision, quality, and speed. Various stone processing machine manufacturers are investing in R&D to provide innovative products to various end-users. This is increasing the demand for stone processing machines across the globe. Vendors such as Thibaut and DONATONI MACCHINE have launched various granite cutting machine in the Marmomacc event in Verona in 2017 that is a fair for operators in the stone industry.
For instance, in 2017, DONATONI MACCHINE launched the new SX-5, an innovative work center with 5 cutting spindles that allows the complete optimization of stone slabs effortlessly. This machine also helps in reducing the processing time and material wastage by utilizing highly advanced software and scanning systems for appropriate cutting cycles.