The VitÃ³ria Stone Fair, which took place in VitÃ³ria, Brazil, from February 14 to 17, had its strongest edition yet, exceeding the expectations of its organizers. A record 31,202 visitors attended the event, including more than 2,000 foreign visitors from 58 different nations.
Each year, exhibitors at the VitÃ³ria Stone Fair use the event as a platform to introduce the very latest materials to the market, including traditional shades of green and gold as well as exotic varieties. Organizers estimate that over 300 different stone varieties were on display at the 2006 VitÃ³ria Stone Fair.
This year the exhibition area was greatly increased, an international sector was added and the pavilions were air conditioned. According to the exhibitors, the cooling of the show floor improved sales significantly, surpassing sales of last year by a wide margin.
LecturesThe lectures were another highlight at the VitÃ³ria Stone Fair. A total of 450 people attended the various sessions, including businessmen, politicians and students. â€œThe participation was strong all the time,â€ according to a statement from Cetemag, a technical organization for the Brazilian stone industry. â€œThe success is due principally to the format of the lectures, limited to 50 minutes each, and to the subject matters debated.â€ Among the sessions, Marble Institute of America Executive Vice President Gary Distelhorst spoke before the audience. His session, entitled â€œThe United States Stone Market: Growth Opportunities for Brazilian Suppliers,â€ detailed the size of the U.S. market for stone, and the tendencies of American importers. It also discussed global issues affecting the industry, including branding initiatives and â€œfauxâ€ stone. The presentation concluded with an overview of the Marble Institute of America and its activities.
The next edition of the VitÃ³ria Stone Fair, which has a promotional agreement with StonExpo, will take place from February 6 to 9, 2007. For further information on the event, contact Milanez & Milaneze by e-mail at email@example.com, or on the Internet at www.milanezmilaneze.com.br.
VitÃ³ria Stone Fair exhibitors offer a grand display of materialsBrazil has become one of the leading exporters of stone to the U.S. - with exports to the U.S. valued at $409.9 million in 2005 - and the stone suppliers present at the VitÃ³ria Stone Fair had a broad range of new materials on display. The following is a look at some of the products on display at the event.
Marmi Bruno Zanet:
Marmoleria Gallos S.A.: