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The 35th Macael Awards celebrate their 35th edition in the presence of the King and Queen of Spain

The 35th Macael Awards celebrate their 35th edition in the presence of the King and Queen of Spain
Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain presented all the awards to the winners of this 35th edition.

“All of us present here are filled with a feeling of deep satisfaction and joy at the fact that, for the first time in our already long and extensive history, it is Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain who are presiding over the award ceremony for this year’s ten winners”.

This is how Jesús Posadas, president of the Andalusian Marble Entrepreneurs Association -AEMA, began his speech at the opening of the gala of this thirty-fifth edition, held on Friday 11 November in Macael. Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain presented all the awards to the winners at an event that has become a historic event and which also brought together personalities such as the President of the Andalusian Regional Government, Juanma Moreno, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, and the Delegate of the National Government in Andalusia, Pedro Fernández. With an attendance of almost 650 guests, the annual meeting of the marble awards, considered the most important event for the promotion of natural stone in Spain, was also the first sustainable gala.

Because Macael marble is synonymous with guaranteed quality and durability over time, including maximum respect for the environment. The companies of the industry carry out an impeccable work making a continuous transition towards a total use of renewable energies, using water in a respectful way, renewing and recycling it and managing waste more efficiently. This commitment “we are demonstrating it here tonight with a CO2 neutral gala and a specific award for sustainability”, said Posadas.

Once again, the event was characterised by the presence of award winners whose great talent has been placed in the hands of the companies in the sector, to demonstrate that, as a result of their trust in them, emblematic buildings have been built all over the world with the seal of the Macael Brand and its know-how. But “to continue being competitive in this globalised world, we still need the collaboration of the public administrations”, urged the president of AEMA.

“Our sector, with millenary roots and with presence throughout history in transcendental constructions such as the Alhambra in Granada or the Royal Palace itself, must be considered strategic to continue being the international reference in the transformation of natural stone and to continue leading the sector in Andalusia and Spain”, he continued. The president has requested compliance with the deadlines for the connection of the Marble Highway from Caniles to Fines, for the High Speed Train and has expressed his commitment to the Chamber of Commerce of Almeria and Asempal to continue supporting their claims for the Mediterranean corridor.

Similarly, Posadas has highlighted the need to put “all the means with the future Technical Collaborating Office so that the Global Plan for the Restoration and Management of the mining by-products of the Sierra de Macael, is a reality in accordance with the Law and the economic and financial capacity of our companies”.

“We must be equally competitive with digitalisation, productivity, energy efficiency, reindustrialisation in machinery and facilities, innovation in processes and products, dual training for our young people in our companies, each and every one of these pending tasks are included in the Plan Crece Industria de la piedra natural en Andalucía, which, already approved by the Andalusian Government Council, must be provided with the necessary means to continue betting on the future of our entities”, he stressed. And, of course, he stressed other pillars of this industry: marketing and internationalisation: “The new Business Agency for Economic Transformation and Development (TRADE) must be the great support for our internationalised SMEs, including incentives and financial instruments that support the implementation and international marketing”.

In order to protect the future of the stone, the stability of the companies and the maintenance and promotion of jobs, Posadas recalled that “after a health crisis that led to another economic-financial crisis, a transport strike that collapsed our production system and an exorbitant and unaffordable increase in production costs”, the sector will continue to request collaboration with each and every one of the different administrations. However, the occasion deserved to go further and give value to the “work we are doing”.

“We believe in the Macael Brand. We believe in our people, in our managers and workers, in their great know-how, their knowledge and commitment; a factor that the competition does not have”, he said. And, as it could not be otherwise, the president of the businessmen has put voice to those present thanking the attendance of Their Majesties the King and Queen, a fact that will contribute to the dissemination of the values “with which the Macael Brand can continue to cross borders”.

Posadas also thanked those who make the celebration of this gala possible: the sponsors, who, with their invaluable help, bet edition after edition for this sector.

This year’s gala had the collaboration of COSENTINO, CORAZÓN ANDALUZ, DIPUTACIÓN DE ALMERÍA, TENAX, SACMI, SMALGLASS-ITACA, BBVA, BRETON, BANCO SANTANDER, SMALTICERAM, UNICAJA BANCO, OMAR, CAJAMAR, COLOROBBIA, CAIXABANK, GMM, BANCA MARCH, ITALDIAMANT, BANKINTER, COMANDULLI, VINCENT, CAJASUR, SUIMASA, TBM, NICOLAI NEST, FOCUSPIEDRA, PUERTOS DE ALMERÍA Y CARBONERAS, OLUCARPA, UNIVERSIDAD DE ALMERÍA CENTRO DE REFERENCIA NACIONAL DE LA PIEDRA NATURAL, SECURITAS AND FUNDACIÓN BAHÍA ALMERIPORT.

As usual, the event was attended by the participating agents of the XI International Stone Meeting, held by TRADE, through Extenda in collaboration with the Association of Marble Entrepreneurs of Andalusia, from strategic markets for the sector such as Qatar, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, France and the United Kingdom.

The agenda was divided between Malaga, Granada and Macael (Almeria), where the agents were able to visit unique marble projects, as well as the iconic Alhambra in Granada and the quarries and factories of the Marble Region.

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