Origins and evolution of the industrial district of ornamental stones in Almería

Authors

  • Jose Ángel Aznar-Sánchez Universidad de Almería
  • Anselmo Carretero Gómez Universidad de Almería

Keywords:

Mining history, Marble, Industrial district, Business history

Abstract

Marble extraction has been carried out constantly in Almería since the first centuries of our era till nowadays. In the 1980s a radical change regarding its extraction, processing and marketing took place. It was then when the marble industrial district emerged and was characterised with a great dynamism. This chapter analyzes the generation process of the industrial district as well as its evolutionary dynamics. Previous features of a mining agglomeration are described. It is shown how the setting up of the industrial district took place and the latest version of its configuration is depicted with the presence of a local multinational (Cosentino). This case study confirms how mining activities can evolve into the dynamics of an industrial district; it also shows the components which give the industrial district a great resilience.

Published

2018-02-08