Considered one of the most important fairs in the ornamental stones sector in the Americas, the 43rd international marble and granite fair, Vitoria Stone fair | Marmomac Latin America, came back to the fairs calendar this year and will take place between 6 and 9 June, in the Carapina Events Center, Serra.
The event that would have happened in February, was canceled due to a strike in the Military Police which resulted in public security problems in the state of Espirito Santo.
According to the Milanez & Milaneze CEO, Cecília Milanez Milaneze, activities for the fair are already underway. “Brazil is important in the worldwide scenario of natural stones and continues to be a reference point for foreign purchases. We have already started different international actions to bring buyers and expositors from the strategic markets to the Vitoria Stone Fair 2017, which will be take place in June. This week, our team will make a promotion in Xiamen Stone Fair, in China”, she states.
For the Sindirochas president, Tales Machado, the change of the date for the Vitoria Stone Fair this year was a result of an unusual situation. However, the Espirito Santo State stone sector is very well consolidated to continue as a protagonist of this activity in the country. “We think that temporary difficulties act as a stimulus because at the same time they bring opportunities as well. The Espirito Santo State stone industry is formed by businessmen with strong entrepreneur capacity, which for many years has made the State of Espirito Santo the biggest producer, trader and exporter of stones in Brazil. We are optimistic that the new event date will go beyond our expectations of a great event”, he states.
The country is the biggest producer and exporter of stones in the world, and Espirito Santo is the main state producer of ornamental stones in Brazil with the largest manufacturing industrial park in the sector, responsible for more than 80% of the exports and 10% of GDP of the Espirito Santo State.
Data from Ornamental Stones Industry from the Brazilian Association (Abirochas) stated that in 2016, Brazil exported natural stones to 120 countries, whereby the main buyers were USA, China and Italy. The exporters to these countries add up to 80,6% of Brazilian sales of this sector with Espirito Santo again in the spotlight, reaching 1,8 tons and US$ 921,4 millions in exports.