New markets. A visit by a delegation from Caxias do Sul.Vicenza's mechanical firms turn around. Agreements made in Brazil. South American manufacturers hosted by Confindustria. Also a visit to two Fiamm factories – Almisano and Veronella and to discuss cooperation in Thiene.
Stronger ties have been set up over the years between Confindustria Vicenza and Simecs, the Association of Brazilian entrepreneurs from Caxias do Sul. A delegation of theirs went to Vicenza for a visit to a few local mechanical firms. This 'tour' ended on Friday. The Brazilian delegates have been welcomed by Massimo Carboniero, Head of the Mechanical Section, at Palazzo Bonin Longare. The meeting was followed by a forum on the relations with the trade unions and labour rights in Italian mechanical firms, joined by Angelo Megaro from Federmeccanica, and Daniele Marrama, Head of Unions Relations at Confindustria Vicenza.
In the afternoon Simecs delegation then moved to the north of Vicenza to meet entrepreneurs from Schio and Thiene, during a seminar about investment and business cooperation between Italy and Brazil, as far as mechanical firms from Caxias do Sul are concerned. On this meeting, Laura Dalla Vecchia, Head of Schio's entrepreneurs greeted Getulio Fonseca, Simecs President, who introduced Brazil's economy, particularly Rio Grande do Sul, and prospective cooperation between mechanical firms from Caxias and those from Vicenza. Ms Marian Conti Craveiro introduced joint venture agreements between Italy and Brazil; Maria Raffaella Caprioglio and Giuseppe Venier, Vice-President and Managing Director of Umana, presented temporary job opportunities and personnel management in Brazil, Giancarlo Bianchi from the International Department of Banca Popolare di Vicenza introduced banking services and opportunities for Italian firms in Brazil. On Friday, Simecs delegation visited Fiamm factories in Almisano, specialised in horns manufacturing, and in Veronella, manufacturing starter batteries.
“Through Simecs we intend to foster our ties with the Veneto to strengthen cooperation based on the exchange of expertise, technology and products in the current economically favourable scenario for Brazil, a Country rich in business opportunities but not easy to deal with for our small and medium-sized enterprises” says Laura Dalla Vecchia, President of Schio's entrepreneurs.
“An economically developed market such as Brazil increasingly requires continuous business with our firms – says Ms Dalla Vecchia – so as to provide customers with full assistance and support, without which selling and exporting there would be rather difficult to carry out”.
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