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Vitória Stone Fair/Marmo+mac Latin America Reschedules for June 2017

Posted on 22 March 2017 by cradmin

vitoria stone fairThe Vitória Stone Fair/Marmo+mac Latin America has been rescheduled to take place June 6-9, 2017, at the Carapina Events Center, Serra. The event was cancelled last month because of escalating public security issues and the closure of many public facilities in the state of Espirito Santo.

According to the Milanez & Milaneze CEO, Cecília Milanez Milaneze, activities for the fair are already underway. Milaneze stated, “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.”

“We think that temporary difficulties act as a stimulus because at the same time they bring opportunities as well,” said Tales Machado, president of Sindirochas, Espirito Santo’s stone association.  “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.

“Vitoria Stone Fair is one of the most important fairs of the sector in the world and the only one in Latin America, gathering businessmen, suppliers, local and international buyers in one place. The fair has been already consolidated as an important international event, and contributes with the local market fostering employment and incomes,” said the Development Secretary of the State of Espirito Santo, José Eduardo Azevedo.

The country is the biggest producer and exporter of stone, and Espirito Santo is the main state producer of ornamental stones in Brazil, responsible for more than 80 percent of the exports.

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Conflict Causes Cancellation of Vitória Stone Fair/Marmo+Mac Latin America

Posted on 15 February 2017 by cradmin

vitoria stone fairMilanez & Milaneze, the organizers of the 2017 edition of the Vitória Stone Fair / Marmo+Mac Latin America, cancelled the event on Feb. 10, just four days before its scheduled opening because of local unrest and concern for exhibitor and visitor safety. The announcement was made on the company’s website. According to the announcement, there had been multiple requests from exhibitors and visitors to cancel the event even though stands were already set up and many participants had already arrived.

Organizers of the event stated that the safety and integrity of the customers, exhibitors, visitors and service providers was of the utmost concern after a work stoppage of police patrols in the Brazilian state of of Espírito Santo, which includes Vitória. The stoppage had reportedly led to more than 130 deaths and Brazil’s government sent more than 3,000 troops to attempt to restore order to the area. Vitória public transportation, schools, clinics and many businesses had been closed during the week-long conflict.

The state’s Military Police, which is not actually a part of Brazil’s armed forces, was involved in a dispute with the Espírito Santo government regarding pay issues. Patrol cars were prevented from leaving by family members who surrounded the headquarters. This tactic is meant to bypass Brazilian law that prohibits police from going on strike. The response of the Espírito Santo officials was to threaten charges of insurrection against 703 police officers.

In a statement on the Folha Vitória website, Cecília Milanez Milaneze, company CEO said that although they recognize the importance of this international event, it will not be rescheduled this year.

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