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NEWS DESK WHAT’S NEW IN MANUFACTURING


n Optimism Apparent at EXPOMAFE in São Paulo M


achine tool industries worldwide refl ect the econom- ic conditions of the national economies they serve. When times are good, machine tool sales expand,


and when they are not, demand typically drops sharply. That was the case in Brazil. Its economy—which grew


extremely rapidly from 2001 to 2014—has struggled for the past two to three years, due in large part to a loss in business confi dence after a major government corruption scandal and the impeachment and removal from offi ce of President Dilma Rousseff. However, there are indications that a recovery may be at hand.


That made for good timing at EXPOMAFE, the Brazil International Machine Tool and Industrial Automation Exhibition, which was held May 9–13 at the São Paulo Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, the largest and newest show pavilion in Brazil. The trade show included 400 exhibitors representing 630 companies and was an initiative from ABIMAQ—the Brazilian Machinery Builders Association, with show organization and promo- tion from Informa Exhibitions.


The inaugural EXPOMAFE focused on the latest technol- ogy advances and global trends in machine tools, industrial automation, robotics, metal stamping, additive manufac-


machine tool sector exported more than 50% of its production in 2016 to Latin America, the US, Europe and other markets. That’s compared to typical export levels of 20% to 25%. Also, companies are expecting a recovery. “I’ve been visiting many industrial companies over the past six to ten months, and it’s impressive how talented, passionate, and


Opening ceremonies for EXPOMAFE.


optimistic they are,” said Fabio Taiar, CFO and investor rela- tions offi cer for machine tool builder Indústrias Romi SA (São Paulo, Brazil), and president of the machine tool chamber of


“I’ve been visiting many industrial companies over the past six to ten months, and it’s impressive how talented, passionate, and optimistic they are.”


turing, integrated and multitask systems, measurement and quality control, hydraulic equipment and pneumatics, prototyping and 3D printing, among others. About 40,000 attended the sold-out show.


Machine Tool Sector Serves Diverse Markets


The industrial sector served by the Brazilian machine tool industry is diversifi ed and includes automotive, agriculture equipment, aerospace and biomedical. While the Brazilian economy has been challenging, there have been some posi- tives. For example, with domestic demand soft, the Brazilian


ABIMAQ. “Brazil has been investing at a lower rate than in 2013, but it is more stable. The political situation is still not good, but it is somewhat better than the recent past. The Brazilian entrepreneurial confi dence index was below 40 points last year, and it is above 50 now—meaning that more companies than not are anticipating growth. We expect to have a better 2017 and hopefully a very good 2018.” According to Taiar, a gradual recovery would easier to manage than the hyper-growth experienced in Brazil be- tween 2002 and 2014. “For example, when the machine tool industry was growing 30% in 2010, it was diffi cult to manage


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Photo courtesy Alan Rooks


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