The Jordanian stone and tile industry has been rapidly growing as the world advances and demand for construction materials rise. The sector’s products now reach 43 countries, up from only 24 in 2000 Export volume has increased in kind, topping $64 million in 2016, according to official figures. Nevertheless, industry insiders estimate that these figures underestimate the size of the Jordanian export market due to under reporting and misclassification, with actual exports pegged in excess of $80 million. Growing exports mean that international markets play are an increasing important driver for the sector, accounting for one-third of all revenues.
Led by a booming construction market, neighboring countries in the Gulf and Middle East region make up the majority of Jordanian stone and tile exports. The largest importer of Jordanian stone is Saudi Arabia, accounting for 40% of the export market. The UAE, Kuwait and Lebanon, make up an additional 32%, while remaining countries in the region absorb 13% of Jordan stone exports. Outside the Middle East, the Republic of Korea, China, and the US are the largest consumers of Jordanian stone.
Jostone is optimistic about the future of the Jordanian stone and tile industry. Jordan has a vast amount of raw material and also relatively low labor costs—making Jordan’s prices very competitive on international markets. Additionally, Jordan has a large variety of high-quality stones with different mechanical properties that are increasingly being sought after as low-cost, high-quality alternatives to more established stone products.
Recent efforts to diversify export markets outside of the Gulf and Middle East regions are beginning to yield results. In particular, participation in trade fairs and export promotion programs in the United States and Canada has enabled several Jordanian firms to gain a foothold in these markets. Given the relatively low levels of penetration in these markets, there is excellent opportunity to gain market share, particularly with free trade agreements set to come into force in 2010.
Jostone is also working with the various donors and the Jordanian government to expand the base of export-ready firms. Although only the largest Jordanian companies are currently able to meet the challenges of competing globally, numerous program are underway to help SMEs produce to international standards and penetrate new markets.
Jostone is dedicated to providing its members with up-to-date industry information, increasing marketing and advertising efforts on an international scale, and lobbying the government for a desirable business environment as we work to grow and develop the Jordanian stone and tile industry.
1- Technical and managerial capacity building via :
A. Training seminars .
B. Coordinating diagnostic visits from sector experts.
C. Securing donor financing for modernization programs .
2- Assistance with participation in international trade exhibition and trade mission through :
A. Arranging all logistics .
B. Securing donor funding .
C. Providing visa assistance .
D. Coordinating Jordanian pavilions .
3- Access to a wealth of export – related information
A. International market statistics and research .
B.Importer contacts .
C . Customs and trade barriers information .
D. Trade leads .
4- Advocacy with relevant governmental and private partners
Advocacy services aim to improve the legal and regulatory environment for its members .
Recent topics include :
A. Opening Ajloun to quarrying .
B. Improving the labor environment .
C. Exempting stone and production tools imports from customs .
D. Updating marble specification standards .
E. Liaising with ministries on behalf of members .
5 _ service provider matchmaking
Jostone links its members with recommended service providers and works to secure these services at the best possible price .
Board Of Directors
Any company, institution or factory that manufactures and exports stone, granite and tile (natural or industrial) has the right to become a member in the association on the condition that this company, institution or factory is registered in the Ministry of Industry and Trade Such applicants must also complete the association’s membership application and enclose a copy of the company’s registration certificate with the Ministry of Industry and Trade and a copy of the company’s registration certificate with the Jordan Chamber of Industry, in addition to a valid profession license.
The association membership consists of:
any company, factory or institution that manufactures and exports stone, marble, granite and tile, a year has passed since its establishment date, it has capital of at least 30.000 JD, and has no less than 10 employees registered in social security.Regular members are entitled to :attend the general assembly meetings, and vote with or against the decisions suggested, nominate themselves for membership on the board, elect board members and participate in the association’s various committees.
Any company, factory or institution that works in manufacturing stone, marble, granite and tile, or works in industries and services supporting this sector.
Associate members are entitled to attend general assembly meetings and participate in discussions but they can’t vote or nominate, taking part in the association’s various committees, but cannot be nominated for board membership or board presidency
Institutes or individuals from inside or outside the sector. Honorary members are entitled to attend general assembly meetings and participate in discussions but they can’t vote or nominate, taking part in the association’s various committees, Honorary members cannot be nominated for board membership or board presidency
The association membership applicant pays the following fees:
Membership fees for Regular members are (500) JD, paid with the membership application after the board approves his membership application.
The annual fees for Regular members membership are (600) JD and are due before the 30th of March every year.
Associate members membership fees (150) JD, paid with the membership application; the annual fees (150) JD paid before the 30th of March every year
Honorary members don’t pay membership fees.
To fill the membership application please press here
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