A project to create a new furniture company cluster in the industrial city across the river from Mato Grosso’s state capital Cuiabá is to be included in the formal government development plan for the area.

The state’s Ministry of Industry, Trade, Energy and Mines (Sicme) has agreed to find a suitable site for the new zone, designed to attract not only furniture companies but also their suppliers.

The scheme’s backers believe it will not only create new employment opportunities but also strengthen the wood processing sector and improve competitiveness in the local furniture industry.

A special working group has been set up to speed up the process of installing the planned industry zone in the metropolitan district of the Rio Cuiabá Valley.

The wood rich Mato Grosso state, in central western Brazil, is located in the country’s vast Amazonia region.