For its first edition, Rocalia, the natural stone trade show, was enthusiastically welcomed by exhibitors and visitors alike as it met all the expectations of the profession and confirmed the buoyancy of a sector which needed a platform to express its values in France and demonstrate all the innovations that have happened in this business. Rocalia is here to stay!
The show was held from December 5th to 7th at Eurexpo in Lyon, France, at the same time as the Paysalia landscaping show and exceeded the objectives that professional show organisers GL events Exhibitions and Pierre Actual, the sector trade magazine had set.
Rocalia attracted 125 exhibitors, representing every aspect of the business - suppliers of natural stone materials and products for every field of use as well as machine manufacturers, toolmakers and all the relevant services.
Show Director Noémi Petit said: “It is a great moment to see the creation of a new event and I have seldom seen such enthusiasm expressed by a sector as a whole. Rocalia really corresponds to a need for everyone working with
natural stone to meet each other, discuss and contribute to developing their markets. Thanks to Pierre Actual and the many sponsors who helped define the right positioning for Rocalia, I think I may say that we created an event meeting the needs of all - many and varied exhibitors, top quality contents, friendliness and a common vision for projecting Rocalia into the future with determination and serenity.”
“The quantitative goal we had set ourselves was largely achieved, but it was especially the quality of the equipment, the materials and the know-how presented which exceeded all our hopes…” added Claude Gargi, publishing director of the Pierre Actual magazine.
The aisles were thronged with stone professionals (quarries, marble-mason's yards, stone cutters and heritage restorers…) as well as architects, site owners, public authorities, landscaping companies and construction companies. 14,580 visitors came to the show.
VERY HAPPY SPONSORS!
To guarantee the success of this first edition, the organizers were backed by sponsors with solid roots in the natural stone sector and its allied trades who, unanimously, applauded the professionalism of the organizers and ensured the success of the Show.
CTMNC (The ROC* Natural Construction Materials Technical Centre) director Didier Pallix was pleased to celebrate the 10 years of the Centre in good company - with the professionals who pay the professional tax by which it is funded.
*Ornamental and construction rocks
Members of Rhônapi, the Rhône-Alpes Auvergne Region Natural Stones association, a regional sponsor, decorated the entry to the Show with stone elements much admired by visitors which highlighted the Rocalia Club and its exceptional staging.
“Our physical presence was brought to the attention of every exhibitor and visitor through the decoration of the Rocalia Club – an original way for our members to present their stones and their know-how under the artistic direction of Elisabeth Polzella, architect D.P.LG and Rhônapi member” says Christian Laurent, Rhonapi President, delighted
THE THREE DAYS OF THE SHOW BEAT TO THE RHYTHM OF EVENTS AND CONFERENCES
Exceptionally good theme conferences with expert lecturers enabled the attentive audiences to perfect their knowledge and discuss the properties of natural stone, the many different ways it can be used and the innovations in the sector which make it so buoyant and has completely changed the image of stone materials from obsolete to futuristic.
The conference by Listed Buildings Architect, Didier Repellin, in charge of the restoration of the recently inaugurated Hôtel-Dieu, attracted a very broad-spectrum audience, curious and enthusiastic about this emblematic restoration in the centre of Lyon which sublimates natural stone.
Sponsors and exhibitors benefitted from the Show to invite their customers, prospects and members of their networks to events which contributed to an excellent ambiance and favourable conditions for business development.
THE “NATURAL STONE IN ARCHITECTURE” CONTEST
Pierre Actual and the SNROC organized the 4th “Building in Natural Stone in the 21st century” architectural contest. 17 projects competed – a remarkable illustration of the possibilities for the use of natural stone in building work, urban developments, decoration and landscaping. The contest objective was to demonstrate that for architecture and landscaping natural stone is a contemporary material.
On December 5th, during the Rocalia Show gala night, the jury, chaired by François Roux, president of AFEX (The association of French architects working outside France), designated the following prize-winners:
Grand Prix 2017 awarded by the Jury: Domaine d’Ott - architect Carl Fredrik Svenstedt
Project owner: Les Domaines D'Ott-Chateau De Selle
Project Manager: Architect Carl Fredrik Svenstedt - Ducoin Group
Stonework: Carrières de Provence - E. Chai - Printemps des Pierres - Poggia Provence
Stone: Pierre du Pont du Gard
1st prize 2017 for building: Closed educational establishment - Domaine des Chutes Lavie - Combas Architectes
Project owner: French Ministry of Justice D.I.R.P.J.J. Sud Est
Project Manager: Combas Architectes
Stonework: Carrières de Provence
Stone: Pierre des Estaillades
1st prize 2017 for sustainable development: Mas in Eygalières - Atelier Cité Architecture
Project owner: Private
Project manager: Atelier Cité Architecture D.Cico and B. Tonfoni
Stonework: Carrières de Provence - La Roche d’Espeil - Rocamat - Briseno Frères - Bernardni Maçonnerie Générale
Stone: Pierre de Fontvieille - Roche d’Espeil - Pierre de Lens
1st prize 2017 for urban development and landscaping: Promenade de Fontaines-sur-Saône - Boursier-Mougenod Landscaping
Project owner: Grand Lyon - D.G.D.U.
Project manager: T. Boursier-Mougenod – Landscaping designer
Stonework: Euromarbles - Rhône Jardin Service - Gantelet Galaberthier
Stone: Pierre de Villebois - Pierre de Chandoré
Special mention 2017 awarded by the Jury to HyparGate&HyparVault - Giuseppe Fallacara - Politecnico di Bari
Project owner: S.N.B.R
Project manager: Giuseppe Fallacara - Politecnico di Bari - New Fundamentals Research Group
Stone: Travertine and Limestone
DESIGNERS LOVE NATURAL STONE
Rocalia Design Exhibition presented 8 inspiring natural stone works of art by French designers greatly appreciated by visitors. It was relayed on exhibitors’ stands along the Design Circuit. Rocalia was a first opportunity for French natural stone designers to show their creativity. There is no doubt that this, the first Rocalia Design Exhibition, will attract exhibitors and designers for the next.
ROCALIA, WHERE TRENDS AND INNOVATIONS ARE REVEALED
The quality of the stands, the new products presented, the innovations in the field of NC machines and stone cutting robots prove that stone has moved into the age of digitalisation and marketing.
“The Leaf” exhibition by the “Des Hommes et des Cailloux” association united digital and human know-how in a monumental composition by designer Vincent Dauphin.
FRANCE IS A MAJOR SPECIALIST IN STONE TRADE TRAINING PROGRAMMES
To illustrate France’s stone trades training capacity, all the different authorities responsible for training which wanted to attend were invited to the show at Rocalia and in particular the Compagnons du Devoir and State Education represented by Didier Esselin, enthusiastic proponent and defender of stone trades who brought to the Show the first guide to sector training programmes and something of which we are very proud - an inaugural natural stone stele carved with the Rocalia logotype.
Lastly, all exhibitors really enjoyed the excellent atmosphere in the aisles, which enabled them to meet up, discuss and envisage the development of the natural stone market under favourable auspices.
We look forward to seeing you in two years’ time on December 3rd, 4th and 5th 2019 at Eurexpo in Lyon, France
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