NEWSLINE: STONEXPO ANNOUNCES MORE INTERNATIONAL ENDORSEMENTS . . .

StonExpo announced that it has reconfirmed and added some new Official International Endorsers for the show. For the first time, StonExpo will partner with the Vitória Stone Fair - the International Exhibition of Ornamental Stones and Technology - Brazil's largest trade show in the stone industry.

“With the increase in usage and demand for Brazilian stone in the U.S., this endorsement is a perfect match,” said Michelle Troop, Senior Show Director of StonExpo. “We are so pleased to have the Brazilian stone sector endorsing StonExpo and look forward to showcasing their products to stone industry professionals at StonExpo 2006.”

“This new partnership established between Vitória Stone Fair and StonExpo will certainly bring great benefits to the ornamental stone sector,” said Cecilia Milanez Milaneze, owner of Milanez & Milaneze, the organizer of the Vitória Stone Fair. “It will promote and increase the commercialization of Brazilian ornamental stone. Through this agreement, the Brazilian exhibitors will have easier access to participate in this well-known and professional event.”

In addition, after a successful partnership in 2005, StonExpo is pleased to once again join efforts with Marmomacc - the International Exhibition of Marble Stone and Technology in Verona, Italy - one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions in the natural stone industry. StonExpo will showcase a variety of fine Italian marble stone and technology in an expanded pavilion at StonExpo 2006.

“After the first year of cooperation with Hanley Wood Exhibitions [which runs StonExpo], we have noticed an increasing visibility of our exhibition, Marmomacc, in the U.S.,” said Mauro Albano, executive of Marmomacc. “The feedback we have received from the Italian companies exhibiting at the collective stand organized by Veronafiere, in cooperation with the Italian Association Marmomacchine, was very positive as well as the impressions given by the other Italian companies visiting and knowing StonExpo for many years. So we are really pleased to renew our cooperation with Hanley Wood Exhibitions, and we are aware that this year even more Italian companies will come with us to present their products at StonExpo.”

These three industry-leading events will work together to ensure maximum exposure and growth for the stone industry and their respective shows. Through these mutual endorsement agreements, Marmomacc, Vitória Stone Fair and StonExpo confirm their commitment to the stone industry and its future growth and success. Attendees and exhibitors at all three events will benefit through expanded and far-reaching promotional efforts, increased show attendance and enhanced educational opportunities.

“As the producers of StonExpo, we are delighted to be working with the leadership of Marmomacc and Veronafiere and Vitória Stone Fair and Milanez and Milaneze to jointly promote our events and the importance of the global stone industry,” said Troop. “The endorsement of StonExpo by the Vitória Stone Fair and Marmomacc validates the importance of StonExpo and the North American stone industry.”

Marmomacc 2006 will be held October 5 to 8 to in Verona, Italy. For complete information, visit www.marmomacc.com. Vitória Stone Fair 2007 will be held February 6 to 9 in Vitória, Brazil. For details, visit www.feiradomarmore.com.br. StonExpo 2006 will take place November 9 to 11 in Las Vegas, NV. Full information can be found at www.stonexpo.com.



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