U.S. Surface Imports April 2017: No Stopping Quartz?
For April 2017, U.S. imports of dimensional hard surfaces seem to be more of the same ... as in more recovery for granite, and more of a stupendous growth curve for quartz slab.
Imports of “worked” (cut, one side polished) granite in April cut its losses to only -1.5% compared to the same time last year. Yes, it's still behind. but the deficit is lower and shipments show some uptick from previous months, especially with Brazil.
Quartz slab, meanwhile, continues its skyrocket pace, with an April-to-April growth rate of 30.6%. China supplied half of the shipments to U.S. ports-of-entry -- which isn't surprising, given its doubling (and then some) of exports to the United States for this April.
Other stone sectors stay on pace, save for a lessening of growth in worked marble. Travertine still faces challenges as Turkey lags behind its 2016 pace; the catch-all Other Stone category, meanwhile, continues to grow with a large upturn in shipments from Brazil.
Stone Update continues with its experiment with doughnut charts featuring national flags. We hope that you continue to enjoy the new look; for the editor, who's on a low-carb diet, these are the only doughnuts he gets all month.