The 2011 Import and Export Market for Marble, Travertine, and Specified Calcareous Monumental or Building Stone and Alabaster in Japan by ICONGroup

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On the demand side, exporters and strategic planners focusing on marble, travertine, and specified calcareous monumental or building stone and alabaster in Japan face a number of questions. Which countries are supplying marble, travertine, and specified calcareous monumental or building stone and alabaster to Japan? How important is Japan compared to others in terms of the entire global and regional market? How much do the imports of marble, travertine, and specified calcareous monumental or building stone and alabaster vary from one country of origin to another in Japan? On the supply side, Japan also exports marble, travertine, and specified calcareous monumental or building stone and alabaster. Which countries receive the most exports from Japan? How are these exports concentrated across buyers? What is the value of these exports and which countries are the largest buyers?

This report was created for strategic planners, international marketing executives and import/export managers who are concerned with the market for marble, travertine, and specified calcareous monumental or building stone and alabaster in Japan. With the globalization of this market, managers can no longer be contented with a local view. Nor can managers be contented with out-of-date statistics which appear several years after the fact. I have developed a methodology, based on macroeconomic and trade models, to estimate the market for marble, travertine, and specified calcareous monumental or building stone and alabaster for those countries serving Japan via exports, or supplying from Japan via imports. It does so for the current year based on a variety of key historical indicators and econometric models.

In what follows, Chapter 2 begins by summarizing where Japan fits into the world market for imported and exported marble, travertine, and specified calcareous monumental or building stone and alabaster. The total level of imports and exports on a worldwide basis, and those fo

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									   The 2011 Import and Export
        Market for Marble,
     Travertine, and Specified
    Calcareous Monumental or
   Building Stone and Alabaster
             in Japan




                                          By
                          Professor Philip M. Parker, Ph. D.


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                      Chaired Professor of Management Science
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                                About the Author
Dr. Philip M. Parker is the Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Innovation, Business and Society at
INSEAD where he has taught courses on multivariate statistics and global competitive strategy
since 1988. He has also taught courses at MIT, Stanford University, Harvard University, UCLA,
UCSD, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is the author of six books
on the economic convergence of nations. These books introduce the notion of “physioeconomics”
which foresees a lack of global convergence in economic behaviors due to physiological and
physiographic forces. His latest book is "Physioeconomics: The Basis for Long-Run Economic
Growth" (MIT Press 2000). He has also published numerous articles in academic journals,
including The Rand Journal of Economics, Marketing Science, the Journal of International
Business Studies, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, International Journal of
Forecasting, the European Management Journal, the European Journal of Operational
Research, Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Research in Marketing, and Journal of
Marketing Research. He is also on the editorial boards of several academic journals.

Dr. Parker received his Ph.D. in Business Economics from the Wharton School of the University
of Pennsylvania and has Masters degrees in Finance and Banking (University of Aix-Marseille)
and Managerial Economics (Wharton). His undergraduate degrees are in mathematics, biology
and economics (minor in aeronautical engineering). He has consulted and/or taught courses in
Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, North America and Europe.



                                 About this Series
This series was created for international firms who rely on foreign export markets for a
substantial portion of their business or who might be threatened by foreign trade competition.
The estimates given in this report were created using a methodology developed by and under the
direct supervision of Professor Philip M. Parker, the Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Innovation,
Business and Society, at INSEAD. The methodology, relying on historical figures of economic
growth and trade flows, estimates the market shares of some 150 countries for over 500 industrial
or product categories. The figures should be seen as market estimates, as opposed to historical
records, as these are projected for the current year of trade.



                               Acknowledgements
Some of the methodologies and research approaches used in this report have benefited from the
R&D Committee at INSEAD, whose research support is gratefully acknowledged. Additional
editorial assistance from Tiffany LaRochelle, ICON Group International, Inc., is also
acknowledged.



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Table of Contents
1     INTRODUCTION AND METHODOLOGY                                         7
2     JAPAN AND THE WORLD MARKET                                           9
    2.1        Imports in Japan in 2011                                    9
    2.2        Exports from Japan in 2011                                  9
3     IMPORTS IN JAPAN                                                    10
    3.1        Asia                                                       10
       3.1.1      China                                                   10
       3.1.2      India                                                   11
       3.1.3      Indonesia                                               12
       3.1.4      Philippines                                             12
    3.2        Europe                                                     13
       3.2.1      France                                                  13
       3.2.2      Germany                                                 14
       3.2.3      Greece                                                  15
       3.2.4      Italy                                                   16
       3.2.5      Norway                                                  17
       3.2.6      Portugal                                                18
       3.2.7      Spain                                                   19
    3.3        North America & the Caribbean                              20
       3.3.1      the United States                                       20
    3.4        the Middle East                                            21
       3.4.1      Iran                                                    21
       3.4.2      Turkey                                                  22
4     EXPORTS FROM JAPAN                                                  23
    4.1      Asia                                                         23
       4.1.1   India                                                      23
5     DISCLAIMERS, WARRANTEES, AND USER AGREEMENT PROVISIONS              24
    5.1        Disclaimers & Safe Harbor                                  24
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1      INTRODUCTION AND METHODOLOGY
On the demand side, exporters and strategic planners focusing on marble, travertine, and
specified calcareous monumental or building stone and alabaster in Japan face a number of
questions. Which countries are supplying marble, travertine, and specified calcareous
monumental or building stone and alabaster to Japan? How important is Japan compared to
others in terms of the entire global and regional market? How much do the imports of marble,
travertine, and specified calcareous monumental or building stone and alabaster vary from one
country of origin to another in Japan? On the supply side, Japan also exports marble, travertine,
and specified calcareous monumental or building stone and alabaster. Which countries receive
the most exports from Japan? How are these exports concentrated across buyers? What is the
value of these exports and which countries are the largest buyers?

This report was created for strategic planners, international marketing executives and
import/export managers who are concerned with the market for marble, travertine, and specified
calcareous monumental or building stone and alabaster in Japan. With the globalization of this
market, managers can no longer be contented with a local view. Nor can managers be contented
with out-of-date statistics which appear several years after the fact. I have developed a
methodology, based on macroeconomic and trade models, to estimate the market for marble,
travertine, and specified calcareous monumental or building stone and alabaster for those
countries serving Japan via exports, or supplying from Japan via imports. It does so for the
current year based on a variety of key historical indicators and econometric models.

In what follows, Chapter 2 begins by summarizing where Japan fits into the world market for
imported and exported marble, travertine, and specified calcareous monumental or building stone
and alabaster. The total level of imports and exports on a worldwide basis, and those for Japan in
particular, is estimated using a model which aggregates across over 150 key country markets and
projects these to the current year. From there, each country represents a percent of the world
market. This market is served from a number of competitive countries of origin. Based on both
demand- and supply-side dynamics, market shares by country of origin are then calculated across
each country market destination. These shares lead to a volume of import and export values for
each country and are aggregated to regional and world totals. In doing so, we are able to obtain
maximum likelihood estimates of both the value of each market and the share that Japan is likely
to receive this year. From these figures, rankings are calculated to allow managers to prioritize
Japan compared to other major country markets. In this way, all the figures provided in this
report are forecasts that can be combined with internal information sources for strategic planning
purposes.

After the worldwide summary in Chapter 2 of both imports and exports of marble, travertine, and
specified calcareous monumental or building stone and alabaster, Chapter 3 goes into detail on
imports, but for each major country of origin serving Japan. A “major” market is defined as a
country where Japan represents a substantially large share of either imports or exports. For each
major country exporting to Japan, one can thus observe how important Japan is to that exporting


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country compared to other countries of the world. Chapter 4 does the same, but for exports of
marble, travertine, and specified calcareous monumental or building stone and alabaster
originating from Japan, for each major country of destination. In doing so, one can discover the
share that Japan has in each major market; this share value is often used as a measure of
competitiveness for Japan. In all cases, the total dollar volume and percentage share values by
major trading partner are provided. Combined, Chapters 3 and 4 present a the total picture for
imports and exports of marble, travertine, and specified calcareous monumental or building stone
and alabaster to and from Japan to and from all other major countries in the world. "Marble,
Travertine, and Specified Calcareous Monumental or Building Stone and Alabaster" as a category
is defined in this report following the definition given by the United Nations Statistics Division
Classification Registry using the Standard International Trade Classification, Revision 3 (SITC,
Rev. 3). The SITC code that defined "marble, travertine, and specified calcareous monumental or
building stone and alabaster" is 27312 . For more information on this definition, please refer to
the following web site:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/cr/registry/regcs.asp?Cl=14&Lg=1&Co=273 .

This report is updated on an annual basis. To ensure that you have the most current version,
please check the web site of ICON Group at www.icongrouponline.com.

Important Caveat. The figures should be seen as market estimates, as opposed to historical
records, as these are forecasted for the current year of trade. More importantly, in light of the fact
that unforeseeable factors might interrupt markets in achieving their reported levels, the figures
should be seen as estimates of potential. For example, "mad cow" disease, foot-and-mouth
disease, trade embargoes, military conflicts, acts of terrorism and other events will certainly
affect the actual trade flows recorded for a variety of industry or product categories. In such
cases, the difference between the numbers given in this report and the numbers actually observed
might be interpreted as the "net loss" or "net gain" due to these exogenous events affecting
regular trade flows that would have occurred had these events not have taken place.




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2       JAPAN AND THE WORLD MARKET
2.1         IMPORTS IN JAPAN IN 2011
    Imported Marble, Travertine, and Specified Calcareous Monumental or Building
                          Stone and Alabaster in Japan, 2011
                              (Structure of Foreign Import Competition)

Country of Origin             Rank         Value (000 US$)              % Share        Cumulative %
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Italy                             1                     6,920               41.53                 41.53
Turkey                            2                     2,213               13.28                 54.81
Germany                           3                     1,928               11.57                 66.38
Portugal                          4                     1,296                7.78                 74.16
Spain                             5                     1,245                7.47                 81.63
Greece                            6                     1,048                6.29                 87.92
Iran                              7                       626                3.76                 91.68
China                             8                       609                3.65                 95.33
France                            9                       551                3.31                 98.64
Norway                           10                        84                0.50                 99.14
Philippines                      11                        65                0.39                 99.53
India                            12                        52                0.31                 99.84
Indonesia                        13                        23                0.14                 99.98
the United States                14                         3                0.02                100.00
Total                                                  16,663              100.00                100.00
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     Source: Philip M. PARKER, Professor, INSEAD, copyright 2011, www.icongrouponline.com



2.2         EXPORTS FROM JAPAN IN 2011
 Marble, Travertine, and Specified Calcareous Monumental or Building Stone and
                        Alabaster Exports from Japan, 2011
Country of Destination        Rank         Value (000 US$)              % Share        Cumulative %
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
India                              1                      380              100.00                100.00
Total                                                     380              100.00                100.00
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     Source: Philip M. PARKER, Professor, INSEAD, copyright 2011, www.icongrouponline.com




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3       IMPORTS IN JAPAN
3.1         ASIA
3.1.1          China
 Marble, Travertine, and Specified Calcareous Monumental or Building Stone and
                        Alabaster Exports from China, 2011
Country of Destination        Rank         Value (000 US$)              % Share        Cumulative %
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Taiwan                            1                    15,028               40.51                 40.51
Hong Kong                         2                     3,331                8.98                 49.49
Indonesia                         3                     2,836                7.65                 57.14
Italy                             4                     2,351                6.34                 63.47
the United States                 5                     2,232                6.02                 69.49
Singapore                         6                     1,424                3.84                 73.33
the United Kingdom                7                     1,422                3.83                 77.16
Ireland                           8                     1,233                3.32                 80.49
Qatar                             9                     1,230                3.32                 83.80
Spain                            10                     1,121                3.02           
								
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