The idea of an association of marble professionals was conceived almost by chance during the BAU fair in Munich, back in 1972, in order to meet the demands of the industry professionals, the pioneers of the Verona stone industry.
They had already understood that our area needed to be represented in our sector, since associations can make their voices be heard much louder than individuals. The first president, Luigi Antolini, was one of the main supporters of this idea, which during the year has deeply affected companies and become a means of aggregation and promotion of common initiatives.
The founders were 7 (even if only four of them appeared before a notary public):
Antolini Luigi, Audagnotto Vincenzo, Cecchini Geom. Luigi, Crescini Angelo, Marchi Cav. Luigi, Pellegrini Mario, Savoia Giulio.
Luigi Antolini, who stayed in office until 1976, was followed by Alberto Quarella (1976-1980), Adriano Segattini (1980-1996), Gualtiero Alberti (1996-2002), Gilberto Cecchini (2002-2006), Francesco Antolini (2006-2011), Leonello Zenatelli (2011-2017) and Donato Larizza (06/03/2017).
Since the beginning, the aim was essentially promotional and discovering of the then new European markets and customers, but the consortium also took charge of union negotiations, which were and are divided between the contracts of the API associates and those of the Assindustria associates and over the years it has also followed other related activities, such as the support of the School of marble activities, training courses for workers, etc.
During 2005, one of the main activities of the association finally took off: the technical tests required by the European Regulations for the CE Mark. With a spirit of collaboration among all members in order to share the exorbitant costs required by the regulations, it was possible to test the most common and marketed materials and have a large database. We are, in fact, the onlu associatin in Italy to have started this initiative.
Among the purposes of the consortium are the pursuit of a dialogue with institutions on the very pressing issue of the landfills of processing mud, the participation in trade fairs and the promotion of members’ activities by advertising campaigns, the active and effective collaboration with the Marble Service Centre and obtaining financing by participating in both regional and European Community notices.