ArcelorMittal Monlevade steel plant
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The map below shows the location of the steel plant in João Monlevade, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
ArcelorMittal Aços Longos (formerly known as Companhia Siderúrgica Belgo-Mineira or Belgo) is a steel company that arose from the acquisition of Companhia Siderúrgica Mineira by the Belgian-Luxembourg group ARBED (Aciéries Réunies de Burbach-Eich-Dudelange) on December 11, 1921.
In the mid-1930s, the company began constructing a modern steel plant in the city of João Monlevade, Minas Gerais, with Brazil's President Getúlio Vargas laying the cornerstone in 1935. In the 1960s, the company began producing drawn steel, barbed and smooth wire, and other products in association with Bekaert.
In the late 1980s, Belgo started to prepare for the future with improvements in quality management - a need imposed not only by the growth of domestic competition, but also by the pressures that globalization was placing on Brazilian companies.
The 90's were a period of great change. In the technological arena, Belgo sought to update its production facilities with the opening of a modern rolling mill in Monlevade, responsible for improvements in the quality of wire rod. Belgo also invested in changing the plant's five blast furnaces, which operated on charcoal, replacing them with a single large-capacity, coke-fueled furnace inaugurated in 2000.
Belgo invested in the recovery of the laminates sector with the acquisition of companies such as Cofavi (Companhia Ferro e Aço de Vitória) in 1993, and Dedini S.A. Siderúrgica of Piracicaba, São Paulo in 1994. In 1995 Belgo leased the Mendes Júnior steel plant in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, and it subsequently acquired a stake in steel companies in Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Canada.
In 2001, Belgo became part of the Arcelor group following ARBED's merger with the French company Usinor and Spanish steelmaker Aceralia. A new 2006 merger between Arcelor and the Indian company Mittal resulted in the creation of ArcelorMittal Monlevade in July 2007.
The company is located near the so-called Vale do Aço (Steel Valley), a metropolitan region comprising the municipalities of Coronel Fabriciano, Ipatinga (home to the Usiminas steel plant) and Timóteo (home to the Aperam Timóteo steel plant).
In 2017, Brazil's financial crisis prompted a drop in the demand for steel, forcing ArcelorMittal to postpone a proposed $1.2 billion project to expand the plant's capacity from 3.5 million tonnes per annum to 5 million tonnes per annum.
- Private/State ownership: Private
- Parent company: ArcelorMittal
- Owner: Arcelor Monlevade
- Alternative plant names: João Monlevade steel plant, Belgo steel plant (predecessor)
- Other language plant name: ArcelorMittal Aços Longos (Portuguese), Companhia Siderúrgica Belgo-Mineira (predecessor)
- Location: Av. Getúlio Vargas, 100 - Centro Industrial, João Monlevade - MG, 35930-395, Brazil
- GPS Coordinates: -19.832129, -43.130164 (exact)
- Plant status: Operating
- Start year: 1937 (age 82–83)
- Production capacities (thousand tonnes per annum):
- Crude steel: 3500 (BOF/BF)
- Production (thousand tonnes per annum):
- Crude steel: 1200 (BOF/BF, 2019)
- Steel product category: long
- Steel products: wire rod
- Steelmaking process: integrated
- Primary steel production equipment: blast furnace (# unknown)
Articles and resources
- "ArcelorMittal Aços Longos". Wikipédia. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
- "ArcelorMittal vai retomar projeto de expansão em João Monlevade". DeFato Online. December 9, 2017.
- "ArcelorMittal Aços Longos: Histórico 1917 – 1960". Belgo.com.
- "Steel and iron corpornations: from Luxembourg to Brazil and back in a century". C2DH | Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History. May 8, 2018.
- "2019 Fact Book" (PDF). ArcelorMittal. 2019.
- "Unidades". ArcelorMittal Brasil. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
- "Estrutura de Gestão do Meio Ambiente | ArcelorMittal". ArcelorMittal Brasil. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
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