The landscaping industry of Portuguese limestones has been essentially a national market with little export representation, being found on pretty much every historic city center in Portugal. However and since France started demanding Portuguese limestones to replace their own limestones that the landscaping export industry received a boost. Many public project were awarded to include Portuguese limestones and since then France became a major market. Today, there are a dozen of relevant markets importing regularly finished product in Portuguese limestone to pave its streets, gardens and other exterior applications.
The type of application demands a specific type of limestone, which is hard, has little porosity and shows higher levels of density and strength. Within this range, we are talking about limestone such as the Ataija Beige, Ataija Blue, Perlato, Moleanos Classic, among others.
France is by far the top destination of Portuguese limestone finished products for landscaping applications. Its market has years of experience with the limestones and supply structure is well developed for a continuous relationship. There are also other markets with some relevancy, such as the UK, Germany, some Middle Eastern countries to name a few.
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