Christian Laurent, president of Rhônapi, the association of natural stone in the Rhône-Alpes, traces the reasons that led him to become a partner in the first edition of the exhibition of natural stone, Rocalia 2017.
Why are you partner and why do you support Rocalia ?
"As an association of natural stone professionals in the Rhône-Alpes region, created in 2015, Rhonapi is an obvious partner of ROCALIA, located in Lyon Eurexpo, in the heart of our region. Our mission is to dust off the image of the stone to prescribers and users, to generate a business flow for our members, to promote know-how and professions and to federate all the regional players in the region Natural stone. We have complete confidence in the professionalism of the organizers of Rocalia, GL events and the magazine Rhonefi, a member of Rhone, to create the conditions for the commercial success of this first edition by attracting qualified visitors to convince them of the environmental and Techniques of natural stone and seduce them by the diversity and the quality of the offer. "
Why should people exhibit on Rocalia ?
"As a partner, we will be exhibiting at the show to maintain relations with stone professionals, institutional and potential customers and make our contribution to the industry. We encourage our members to exhibit for:
- Promote their subjects, know-how and innovations
- Develop relationships with prescribers and contractors
- To make their network live in the family of the "stony" French - to federate. "
According to you, why is this so important to have a natural stone exhibition?
"The natural stone industry has suffered greatly from the 2008 crisis and is recovering gradually. This first show comes at a time when the world of construction and design is becoming more open and receptive to ecological qualities, the notions of short circuit, recyclability of natural stone. In parallel, technical solutions evolve to make the material compatible with building standards while offering new creative possibilities to architects and designers. France offers an exceptional choice of materials, it is one of the few countries to have retained know-how and their transmission through quality training. It is high time that it takes back its place among the world leaders! We are convinced that Rocalia 2017 will bring a new dynamic to the sector and we are proud to contribute to it as a partner. "