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Metalurgia grows 12% in number of exhibitors and will be the largest fair in the sector in 2010

Metalurgia grows 12% in number of exhibitors and will be the largest fair in the sector in 2010

The seventh edition of the Metalurgia, International Fair and Congress on Technology for Foundry, Forging, Aluminum and Services, scheduled for September 14 to 17, 2010, brings together in Joinville, Brazilian and foreign exhibitors from the entire production chain of the foundry, forging and aluminum industry. Held every two years, Metalurgia is known for the opportunity for technological improvement, business generation and professional retraining. Compared to the 2008 edition the show has grown 12% in number of exhibitors, bringing together close to 450 companies, spread over an area of 20,000 m² in Expoville’s two pavilions, 15% higher than the previous event.

Metalurgia is the most important show in the segments of casting, forging and aluminum in Brazil in 2010, the largest in occupied space and number of exhibiting companies. According to Richard Spirandelli, Marketing Manager of Messe Brasil, the event already has its consolidated public. "About 90% of exhibitors from the previous edition renewed their contracts, attracted by the potential business that Metalurgia offers", he comments.

A benchmark in products, solutions and alternatives for the modernization of manufacturing facilities, Metalurgia 2010 has exhibitors from Brazil and eight other countries – USA, Mexico, Spain, Chile, France, Germany, Italy and China, bringing what is the most modern in technology for this industrial market. The fair is organized by Messe Brasil and has the support of the Brazilian Foundry Association (Abifa), the Brazilian Aluminum Association (Abal) and Brazilian Association of Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection (Abendi).

Market outlook
According to data from Abifa, the foundry sector, which is part of metallurgical, in 2009 had a 30% drop in production volume, keeping pace with the slowed economy. For 2010, forecasts made by Abifa (Brazilian Foundry Association) are encouraging and the market should begin growing once again. "A survey conducted in late 2009 shows an expected growth of 25% compared to last year. Santa Catarina should follow or even exceed this average due to the growth of local companies observed in the beginning of the year", says Devanir Brichesi, president of Abifa.

According to the president, fairs such as Metalurgia, which best represents foundry interests in Santa Catarina, are essential to the visibility of companies in the domestic and international scene. "Metalurgia is an efficient alternative for generating new business for companies in the segment. Who participates ends up having more visibility in the market and the trend is that they will be among the preferred suppliers by the companies in the sector", states Brichesi.

For him Santa Catarina occupies a privileged position in the foundry market compared to other states. "Just consider the presence of Tupy, one of the largest companies in the segment in the world, as well as others no less important in the domestic and international market", concludes Brichesi.

Parallel event - Cintec 2010 will have 17 lectures and 4 mini courses
The technological congress, Cintec 2010 – Foundry, a parallel event to Metalurgia will feature 17 lectures and four mini courses and is expected to attract 400 attendees. The topics to be addressed include the environment, process control, cast iron, management, energy, defects, special alloys, simulation, heat treatment and testing. Among the confirmed speakers are directors of the companies OSX, GM, Tupy, Petrobras and Saint-Gobain. Cintec – Foundry is organized by the IST/Sociesc – Educational Society of Santa Catarina.

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