Business Alliance: Simecs proposals. Caxias do Sul lays its stakes on Vicenza for 16 common projects
Caxias do Sul, an area which has not been affected by the economic crisis and with the same growth-rate as Chinese industry (+11% of its 2010 GDP compared to the +5% calculated for the whole Brazilian economy). These are the most striking figures to have emerged during the three days entirely dedicated to the Vicenza Confindustria and its partner companies, including some of the most important members of Simecs, the mechatronic manufacturers association from Caxias with which Vicenza Confindustria has collaborated for several years.
With approximately 2.500 member companies and almost 60.000 employees, Simecs represents the second largest mechatronic pole in the whole of Brazil, following San Paolo. An industrial hub which emerged thanks to the strong entrepreneurial capacity of the Veneto region and its immigrants. A large percentage of the 439 thousand inhabitants of the town were originally from Vicenza and Belluno. Caxias is two hours from the State capital, Porto Alegre, and forms an industrial nucleus that transforms more than 3% of Brazil’s total steel production, as well as 60% of the production in Rio Grande do Sul.
Present in Vicenza are the Simecs Vice-president, Getulio Fonseca, and the Managing Director, Odacir Conte, with proposals for 16 industrial projects which Simecs members are interested in discussing with Vicenza companies to develop shared expansion strategies in Brazilian markets. These projects are targeted at massive challenges such as the organisation of the next world football championships and the 2016 Olympics, commitments which are already involving enormous investments in new infrastructures, construction industry, and energy production.
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