The 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.