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Fenaf 2009

Even with the global financial crisis, expositor area at 13th Latin American Foundry Fair is 10% larger; growth shows optimism for 2010

Organized by the Brazilian Foundry Industry Association (ABIFA), 13th FENAF takes place 22-25 September, in São Paulo, simultaneously to 14th Foundry Congress (CONAF).

Representatives from the main foundry companies in Brazil and abroad confirmed their presences at  the event, which gathers players from the sector that handled financial transactions worth more than US$ 10.5 billion during 2008 - 13th Fair will mark ABIFA’s 40th anniversary.

The exhibition area at FENAF 2009 – 13th Latin American Foundry Fair – has grown 10% compared to the last edition, in 2007. Despite of the global crisis, FENAF – which takes place 22-25 September at Expo Center Norte, in São Paulo, simultaneously to CONAF 2009 – 14th Foundry Congress, is attracting representatives from the most important companies from the foundry industry in Brazil and abroad. ABIFA – the Brazilian Foundry Industry Association – which organizes FENAF 2009, forecasts a growth of 18% until September.

More than 35,000 visitors are expected at CONAF/FENAF 2009, considered Latin America’s largest event in the foundry industry. The event will gather more than 500 companies from Brazil and abroad, with companies and organizations from countries such as Italy, USA, Germany, Mexico, Argentina and Spain, among others.

“We can already feel the industry’s optimism for 2010, with this 10% growth on expositors area at FENAF 2009. These companies know that 2009 will be a tight year, but they’re also aware about the need to invest in order to generate new businesses in 2010”, says Devanir Brichesi, President of ABIFA, entity that celebrates its 40th anniversary during this edition of CONAF/FENAF. The event will address major tendencies in the industry related to iron, steel and non-ferrous metal castings, and the entire metal casting production chain.

The Congress counts with a partnership from Brazilian Aluminium Association – ABAL and Brazilian Metallurgy and Materials Association – ABM.

Foundry industry indicators – Present throughout the production chain, the foundry industry accounted for sales of around USD 10.5 billion in 2008. Total production was 3.32 million metric tons, an excess of 3% over the amount produced in 2007. Brazil’s already the 7th global producer of iron, steel, aluminium and nonferrous metals. With around 1,400 companies responsible for 57,000 jobs, the Brazilian foundry market made worldwide exports of 614.5 thousand metric tons in 2008 – main buyers being the USA and Europe – having a US$ 1.49 billion revenue.
ABIFA – This year, the Brazilian Foundry Association (ABIFA) completes 40 years of significant performance in the metal castings industry. Chaired by Mr. Devanir Brichesi, the organization gathers the foremost Brazilian foundries with the aim of fostering sustainable growth in this segment, creating and participating in the actions necessary to ensure the industry’s strength and competitiveness. In addition to promoting technological development among casting companies, the ABIFA stimulates debate on political, economic and social issues in defense of the casting industry and ongoing growth in sales.

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