ZAGREB, October 21, 2021 – The furniture, interior design and allied industries fair Ambienta, with 125 exhibitors from nine countries, opened on Thursday at the Zagreb Exhibition Center.
The event, which will last until Sunday, is the first to be held at the Zagreb Exhibition Center after an 18-month ban on fairs, introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ambienta will be followed by the Interliber book fair.
Entrance is free but visitors must present an EU COVID-19 certificate or a negative test.
Opening the event, Agriculture Minister Marija Vučković said that the value of the timber processing and furniture industry in Croatia is around HRK 14 billion and that it is about HRK 14 billion. ‘a very important strategic industry.
About 11% of workers in the manufacturing industry work in the wood processing and furniture industries, she said, noting that despite the generally unfavorable conditions, export indicators were still positive.
The sector’s foreign trade balance in 2020 was 375 million euros, she said, adding that this was due to the rapid action of the government as well as a number of measures specific to the sector.
She highlighted the increasingly close cooperation between designers and furniture makers, which she noted was the best way to increase added value and export competitiveness.
Deputy Mayor Luka Korlaet also attended the opening of the fair, who noted that the fair was one of the most important national events for the Croatian timber processing industry as well as for the national economy. in general.
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