Trend in the U.S. market for stone in 2016
1. The housing market in general is quite strong and except for a part of the very high segment (explained below) for now there seems to be no signs of a bubble or an imminent slowdown. A lot of building of condominiums and apartments is going on, as well as single family homes and sales of used homes.
8. Overall, sales of quartz are still increasing in USA. But the large number of quartz suppliers now supplying this product means there is severe price competition among manufacturers. Low prices also means that several distributors no longer find it attractive to work with quartz and are looking for something else. Quality control is also becoming an issue. What are the standards for quartz compared to that which exist for natural stone and other building materials is a question now many are asking.