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1950

Usiminas
is created

1950s
1950

Usiminas
is created

  • The foundations of Usiminas are planned with the visit of Japanese mission Kaname Suzuki, in October 1956;
1950

Usiminas
is created

  • Signed in June 1957, the Lanari-Horikoshi agreement set up the injection of Japanese capital in Usiminas, for investments in technology and equipment.
1950

Usiminas
is created

  • August 1958: placement of the first picket of the Intendente Câmara plant, attended by the president of Brazil, Juscelino Kubitschek, and the CEO of Usiminas, Amaro Lanari Jr.;
1950

Usiminas
is created

  • In September 1958, Usiminas engineers conducted their very first technical visit in Japan. Known as "The Seven Samurais", they returned to Brazil ready to manage the company;
1950

Usiminas
is created

  • From the small town of Horto de Nossa Senhora to the vibrant city of Ipatinga: Usiminas created an infrastructure plan for the urban core and a construction of a sanitation network around the plant;
1950

Usiminas
is created

  • In 1959, the construction of the first Usiminas headquarters, in Belo Horizonte, is concluded.
1960

Launch of the Intendente Câmara plant, in Ipatinga (MG)

1960s
1960

Launch of the Intendente Câmara plant, in Ipatinga (MG)

  • The Ipatinga plant was built by workers from all over Brazil. In the picture, assembly of the sintering office and blast furnaces 1 and 2;
1960

Launch of the Intendente Câmara plant, in Ipatinga (MG)

  • Blast furnace 1 in the final construction stages;
1960

Launch of the Intendente Câmara plant, in Ipatinga (MG)

  • Blast furnace 1 completed and blast furnace 2 under construction, in the background;
1960

Launch of the Intendente Câmara plant, in Ipatinga (MG)

  • The first blast furnace was lit by former president of Brazil João Goulart with a torch brought from Ouro Preto, symbolizing the ancient “Inconfidentes” from the revolution against Portugal;
1960

Launch of the Intendente Câmara plant, in Ipatinga (MG)

  • Opening of blast furnace 1 and the Intendente Câmara plant, in October 1962, by former president of Brazil, João Goulart, the governor of Minas Gerais, Magalhães Pinto and Usiminas CEO, Amaro Lanari Jr.;
1960

Launch of the Intendente Câmara plant, in Ipatinga (MG)

  • Launch of the heavy plate mill, in July 1963, attended by former president of Brazil João Goulart, governor Magalhães Pinto, and Usiminas CEO, Amaro Lanari Jr.;
1960

Launch of the Intendente Câmara plant, in Ipatinga (MG)

  • Launch of the hot strip mill, in May 1965, attended by former president of Brazil Humberto Castelo Branco, governor Magalhães Pinto and Usiminas CEO, Amaro Lanari Jr.;
1960

Launch of the Intendente Câmara plant, in Ipatinga (MG)

  • The social aspect is one of Usiminas' main legacies. In the picture, former Brazilian president Humberto Castelo Branco opens hospital Márcio Cunha, in May 1965.
1970

Usiminas steel
is an essential element for Brazil's
economic development

1970s
1970

Usiminas steel
is an essential element for Brazil's
economic development

  • In late 1960, Usiminas began a modernization process focused on technology and productivity, with the implementation of anealling furnaces in the cold strip mill and the construction of Usiminas Technology Center (in the picture, during its opening);
1970

Usiminas steel
is an essential element for Brazil's
economic development

  • Opening of the Usiminas Technology Center, in October 1971, attended by the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Pratini de Moraes and Usiminas CEO, Amaro Lanari Jr.;
1970

Usiminas steel
is an essential element for Brazil's
economic development

  • View of blast furnace 3 completed. Its operation allowed Usiminas to boost production capacity to 3.5 million tons per year;
1970

Usiminas steel
is an essential element for Brazil's
economic development

  • Opening of blast furnace 3, attended by former Brazilian president, Ernesto Geisel and the Minas Gerais governor, Rondon Pacheco;
1980

Pioneer in environmental education

1980s
1980

Pioneer in environmental education

  • In January 1980, opening of the new Usiminas headquarters in Pampulha, Belo Horizonte;
1980

Pioneer in environmental education

  • Creation of the Xerimbabo project, the very first environmental education project in Brazil;
1990

Usiminas is the first company
to be privatized in Brazil

1990s
1990

Usiminas is the first company
to be privatized in Brazil

  • Privatization ceremony, in March 1991. Through an initial common shares public offering, Usiminas goes public and is listed on Bovespa;
1990

Usiminas is the first company
to be privatized in Brazil

  • Engineer, Rinaldo Soares, becomes president of Usiminas. Having worked at the company since 1971, he will go on to lead it towards modernization for another 18 years;
1990

Usiminas is the first company
to be privatized in Brazil

  • The company enters a new era, constantly reinventing itself in order to face strong competitors in the segment;
1990

Usiminas is the first company
to be privatized in Brazil

  • Opening of the electrolytic galvanizing line, in November 1993; Investments totaling US$ 228 million directed towards high added-value products;
1990

Usiminas is the first company
to be privatized in Brazil

  • Commitment with the environment: Usiminas becomes the first Brazilian steel company and second in the world to receive the ISO 14001 certification;
1990

Usiminas is the first company
to be privatized in Brazil

  • Opening of the cold strip mill #2 in October 1999, increasing the company's production capacity in 1 million tons of rolled capacity per year;
2000

A new millennium, a new brand

2000s
2000

A new millennium, a new brand

  • In 2005, Usiminas shares are listed on the Spanish Latibex stock market;
2000

A new millennium, a new brand

  • In 2007, Usiminas announces a new investment plan, focused on technological modernization and production capacity increase. The picture shows the new Control Center opened in October 2009;
2000

A new millennium, a new brand

  • Acquisition of mining assets, broadening Usiminas' participation in the steel value chain;
2000

A new millennium, a new brand

  • In 2009, launch of the new Usiminas brand. The process of modernizing corporate management and restructuring business models begins;
2000

A new millennium, a new brand

  • Establishment of Soluções Usiminas in November 2009; leading company in steel processing and distribution. In the picture, the launch event.
2010

Greater technology, greater development

2010s
2010

Greater technology, greater development

  • June 2010: increased competitiveness and value generation deriving from the establishment of the new mining and logistics company, Mineração Usiminas.
2010

Greater technology, greater development

  • Launch of the Rede Usiminas, integrating distributors, transformers and service centers;
2010

Greater technology, greater development

  • New coke plant inaugurated in September 2010, increasing the company's annual production capacity by 750,000 tons, based on the goal of achieving coke self-sufficiency in the Ipatinga plant (MG);
2010

Greater technology, greater development

  • In November 2010, launch of special grade of plates with modern Sincron technology, by a technological partnership with Nippon Steel;
2010

Greater technology, greater development

  • Unigal's expansion, with the opening of a new hot-dip galvanizing line;
2010

Greater technology, greater development

  • In 2012, the Ternium/Tenaris group enters in the voting capital of Usiminas with 27.66% of ordinary shares;
2010

Greater technology, greater development

  • In 2012 new Hot Strip Mill at the Cubatão Plant was inaugurated, one of the most modern in operation in the world. It is capable of producing coils with dimensions unheard of in the country, which propitiates tubes fabrication 24” in diameter up to 20 mm in thickness. In this manner, it offers differentiated products in the market, able to serve high added valued markets, such as oil extraction, construction of gas pipelines, etc.
2010

Greater technology, greater development

  • In 2014, the Friables project concluded on Mining, increasing the production capacity of iron ore to 12 million tons per year.
Last updated on 2014-08-12T11:24:30