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Brazilian Furniture Fair Expected to Attract Importers from More than 60 Countries

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The MOVELSUL BRASIL 2008, announced that more than 415 exhibitors will exhibit at the show to be held March 24-28 in the southern Brazilian city of Bento Goncalves. It is the largest international furniture fair in Latin America. This is the sixteenth time the event is being held, and its success is tied to business and the opening up of the market for the Brazilian industry, attracting a professional audience of retailers, decorators and importers. The MOVELSUL BRASIL exposition space has been increased to 57,220 sq. meters (515,000 square feet) with the construction of an additional pavilion - "F" to accommodate part of the list of industries interested in participating in the fair. In addition to the exposition, "Project Buyer" will be held in partnership with the Federal Government and APEX through the Brazilian Furniture program. Importers have been invited to initiate business partnerships. The Project pays for their expenses to go to Brazil. As for the number of visitors, organizers are expecting importers from more than 61 countries, the same as in 2006. Another high point of the event is an exhibit of products competing for the Salao Design Movelsul prize, which is taking place for the eleventh time, bringing visitors and the furniture industry together with designers from Latin America, the Caribbean and European Union. Brazil has 15,000 furniture manufacturers and employs more than 200,000 workers. In Bento Goncalves alone, where MOVELSUL BRASIL 2008 is taking place, there are 280 manufacturers and one of the largest export hubs in the country. Brazil ended 2007 with almost US$ 1 billion in exports. The United States, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Argentina and Uruguay are the main importers of Brazilian furniture. For more information on the Fair, go to: http://www.movelsul.com.br/ .

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