Alliance between stone productive arrangement institutions wins support from businessmen

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With integration, the main entities of the ornamental stone sector in Espírito Santo: Centrorochas, Sindirochas, Cetemag and Rochativa shared a stand at Vitoria Stone Fair 2020

After the alliance signed between Sindirochas and Centrorochas for the strengthening of the sector and search for the national protagonism of the entities that represent the largest volume of business in Brazilian exports in decision-making that involve the productive arrangement, the movement “Juntos Somos Mais Fortes”, which emphasizes for the integration of the main institutions in the stone sector, gained strength with the support of businessmen during the Vitoria Stone Fair 2020, which took place from February 11th to 14th.

The integration between the leaders of the sector takes place with the support of the Federation of Industries of Espírito Santos (Findes) and the employers’ unions of Minas Gerais, Sinrochas-MG (Intermunicipal Union of Industries of Marble, Granite and Ornamental Stones in the State of Minas Gerais ), and Ceará, Simagran-CE (Union of Marble and Granite Industries of the State of Ceará).

The president of Sindirochas, Tales Machado, points out that, although each institution has its own distinct performance, all have always fought for the development of the productive arrangement. “This sum of forces will only benefit entrepreneurs who will have a more robust, consolidated representativeness and with a greater focus of action, at the same time that it will save energy, since they will not be working in parallel for the same causes. The stone sector is new, it is around 60 years old, and it has been looking for this advancement for the benefit of the entire production chain for years. He deserved this performance jointly in the pursuit of defending interests and taking actions that lead to the development of the sector and, certainly, the advancement of the State and the Country.”, he says.

Brazil is one of the five largest producers of ornamental stones in the world and exports to 125 countries on all continents. Espírito Santo is the national leader in the segment, it is the largest producer state and the main exporter of slabs and blocks in the country, holding the largest processing park and the largest production center of capital goods for the segment, accounting for about 82% of the total turnover of Brazilian stone exports. The president of Centrorochas, Frederico Robison, reinforces that the union will give more visibility to the sector, both on the national and international scene. “With this new line of work, the institutions will act in the search for essential reforms having as a central point the sustainable development of the entire productive arrangement, whether in the internal or external market. Having a single voice, therefore stronger, will save us time and give more agility and strength in the development of demands ”, he completes.

Synergy between ES, MG and CE

Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais and Ceará are, together, responsible for around 95% of the segment’s exports in Brazil. Next Monday, February 17th, Centrorochas (Brazilian Center for Ornamental Stones Exporters), Simagran-CE (Union of Marble and Granite Industries of the State of Ceará), Sindirochas-ES (Union of Ornamental Stone Industries, Cal and Limestone from the State of Espírito Santo) and Sinrochas-MG (Intermunicipal Union of Marble, Granite and Ornamental Stone Processing Industries in the State of Minas Gerais) will sign an Integration Protocol with the aim of working together in pursuit of their goals. The term will be signed during a joint meeting of the industry federations of Minas and Espírito Santo, in Belo Horizonte. Fiemg and Findes, respectively, will formalize a partnership with the aim of defending the interests of industries present in both states. In addition to the presidents of the Espírito Santo and Minas Gerais federations, Léo de Castro and Flávio Roscoe, the governors of ES, Renato Casagrande, and MG, Romeu Zema, will also be present. The Integration Protocol will be signed by the presidents of the four main entities representing the three largest exporting states in the stone sector in the country: Frederico Robison (Centrorochas), Carlos Rubens (Simagran-CE), Tales Machado (Sindirochas-ES), and Balbino Figueiredo (Sinrochas-MG).