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The CEA ran a very successful Trade Mission to Brazil (08-16 August). Supported by UKTI Advanced

Engineering and run with the assistance of the excellent Advanced Engineering team at the British Consulate in Sao Paulo, headed by Erika Azevedo, the mission saw nine UK manufacturers and service providers visit three cities during the eight-day mission. The mission, led by Joanna Oliver MBE, was timed to coincide with the new M&T Expo Parts and Services exhibition in Sao Paulo where the CEA had an information centre for the use of the missioners.

CEA trade mission to Brazil

Starting off in Sao Paulo, with meetings that included a briefing from the Consul General, KPMG and HSBC, World Cup Delivery Authority, Invest Sao Paulo, Anglo American Mining, Odebrecht (Brazil's largest contractor), the Brazilian Railways Association and the Brazilian Army, the group then moved on to Rio de Janeiro.

In Rio the group met with the procurement team at Vale Mining, had a briefing on the opportunities around the 2016 Rio Olympics and met with the EMOP - the department of the Rio state government tasked with implementing all infrastructure projects in the state including the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. One of EMOP's current projects is the renovation of the legendary Maracana Stadium in Rio. The missioners were fortunate enough to be taken on a tour of this iconic stadium which will host the World Cup final in 2014.

The mission ended in the far south of Brazil in Porto Alegre in the State of Rio Grande do Sul with visits to Brazil's only domestic backhoe manufacturer and

Where in the world?

It's time to decide where in the world we should be going in 2012/13 to promote UK construction equipment. Our outline programme so far includes:

UK Pavilions at:

Intermat, Paris, France: 16-21 April 2012 M&T Expo, Sao Paulo, Brazil: 29 May-02 June 2012 Bauma China, Shanghai, China: 27-30 November 2012 bCIndia, Mumbai, India: 05-08 February 2013

Seminars and Trade Missions to:

Turkmenistan - Ashgabat and Turkmenbashi: 05-09 March 2012 Mongolia and visit to Future Mongolia exhibition: 16-19 May 2012 Brazil - Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte: June 2012 China: December 2012 India: February 2013

But - where do you want to go? If you know of an opportunity in a new or existing market we haven't yet explored, or a great exhibition that might support a UK pavilion, please let us know. The main criterion is that we need to get a nucleus of 10 companies who would want to go there and be part of a mission or pavilion. Please let Joanna know as soon as possible if you have any ideas - joanna.oliver@admin.co.uk.

major trailer and accessory manufacturer, Randon and Agco, also manufacturing backhoes in addition to their extensive agricultural lines.

Feedback from the missioners was excellent and a larger follow-up mission is planned for June 2012 to coincide with the M&T Expo exhibition. We have already been invited back to meet with the Brazilian Army Procurement division in Brasilia and Anglo American and Vale - all major consumers of construction equipment. Many thanks to Ian Lockhart at UKTI Automotive Sector for supporting the mission. A full report of the mission will appear on the CEA website shortly.

Mission group meets Paulo Oscar Neto - Superintendent of Plant at Odebrecht

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