Eight Egyptian companies participated at the 21st Stone Fair, which took place in Vitória.
The 21st Stone Fair, which took place in Vitória, the capital of the southeastern Brazilian state, yielded export and import contracts for Egyptian businessmen who participated for the first time in the event. Eight companies and one association from the Arab country were at the exhibit.
The first participation in the Marble and Granite International Fair, which ended on Friday (17) in the city of Vitória, in the southeastern Brazilian state of Espírito Santo, yielded the Egyptian companies business deals for both imports and exports. Tarek Ibrahim Ahmed, in charge of sales at the Arab Company for Production & Building, for example, stated that carrying out business at the site was a surprise.
He told the event's press advisory that he expected only to meet possible trade representatives. As well as naming five resellers for his products, from the states of Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo, São Paulo, in the southeast of Brazil, and Bahia, in the northeast, Ahmed also received orders for about 140 squared metres of marble in the varieties Golden Cream and Sunny, worth US$ 30,000.
According to him, the marbles he sells caught the eye of Brazilian companies as the have "exotic colours" in light tones, contrary to Brazilian stones, which are white or have strong colours. As well as the national companies, Ahmed also made promising contacts with importers from Germany. In all, during the five days of the trade fair, he was visited by 250 people interested in doing business.
But Ahmed did more than just selling. He also purchased. In total four containers of rock blocks of many varieties from a company called Mineracam, from the city of Nova Venécia, in Espírito Santo. This company, according to the event's press advisory, was exhibiting the most expensive rock block at the event, a granite called Fantasy Gold, which costs US$ 900 the cubic metre.
Eight Egyptian companies participated at the fair. The Arab country's pavilion was the largest amongst the international rock exhibitors. The companies shared the stand with the Association of Egyptian Exporters (Expolink).
The head of the marbles and granites sector at the Federation of Industries of Egypt, Ahmed Hagag, estimated that up until Thursday (17) the companies at the stand had received orders that added up to US$ 1 million. He, who is also the owner of one of the companies, called Marble Alhassana, affirmed to the event's press advisory that, due to the positive result, the Egyptians intend on coming back for the fair's next edition.
According to the organisation, the 21st Vitória Stone Fair received 26,500 visitors, a record, of which 1,950 were foreigners from 58 countries, including 989 North Americans, 288 Italians, 114 Spaniards and the remainder from other nationalities. Amongst the Brazilian visitors the largest number of visitors came from the state of São Paulo, followed by Minas Gerais.