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Latin American Furniture Trade Show to be Held in Southern Brazil

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The organizers of the MOVELSUL BRASIL furniture fair announced that the next show will take place from March 24 to 28, 2008. One of the largest trade shows in Latin America, this show, now in its sixteenth edition, will take place in the city of Bento Goncalves in southern Brazil. The event distinguishes Brazil as a leading furniture manufacturing center in the international market. The city of Bento Goncalves, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, is the second-largest furniture export hub in the country and hosts the MOVELSUL BRASIL furniture fair, a professional trade show exclusively for manufacturers and buyers. Organized by the Furniture Industry association of Bento Goncalves -- SINDMOVEIS -- the show's services are aimed at attracting new business. MOVELSUL is held in even-numbered years The traditional Salao Design Movelsul, an international furniture design award aimed at the integration between the industry and design professionals, is held during MOVELSUL BRASIL. This competition, open to Brazilian companies, students and professionals from Latin America, the Caribbean and European Union, has already received over 4,700 entries throughout its ten editions. Cash awards for next year's edition will total R$100 thousand (approximately US$ 50 thousand). In addition to the quality of the furniture exhibited, another aspect of the show is its beautiful location, as Bento Goncalves is located in Serra Gaucha, home to the Italian colony in Brazil. Besides its unique landscape, it has hospitable people, great leisure options and traditional restaurants with typical cuisine. The main buyers of Brazilian furniture are the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, Spain and Argentina. The federal government and entities that foster development of the furniture industry have long invested in the sector. Today, the factories have the same infrastructure as traditional furniture manufacturing countries, and manpower is prepared to meet worldwide demand. For further information, visit http://www.movelsul.com.br. The fair is sponsored by Satipel, Blum, Banco do Brasil and Sayerlack.

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