“Of great regional importance, the fair attracts buyers, investors and representatives from construction sites in the Arab countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan and Bahrain. It is an excellent opportunity for Brazilian entrepreneurs interested in expanding their business in this sector,” explains the Director-General of the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Michel Alaby.
At the Brazilian stand, visitors could check out the latest products of the companies Astra, of bathroom accessories;
Tramontina, for example, is participating for the second time at Big 5. “We realized that the trade show is a good platform to build contacts, as it attracts visitors from various countries in the region. Therefore, we decided to participate again,” states Lucia Dendena, exports manager. Besides Tramontina, companies such as Deca, Pado and Menegotti have also participated in previous editions of Big 5.
Every year, the trade show consolidates the Arab Chamber’s role with Brazilian entrepreneurs. “In 2011, we reached about 2,500 businessmen throughout the Gulf region and countries in Africa, Asia and Europe,” says Alaby. In the last edition, the participating Brazilian companies made business deals worth approximately US$ 7 million.
Last year, Brazil exported to the Arab world US$ 40.93 million in construction materials, a 51 per cent increase compared to 2010, when sales reached US$ 27.15 million. The highlights were iron or steel bars (with an increase of over 1000 per cent) and pipes and accessories, with an increase of 69 per cent.
Since its creation, the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce has participated in the last nine years of the Big 5 and has introduced more than 100 companies to the Arab market.