July 25, 2008
ArcelorMittal Reinforces Its Steel Service Center Network in Brazil
ArcelorMittal has acquired a 70% share of Manchester Tubos e Perfilados S.A, the Brazilian steel processor and distributor located in Contagem, Minas Gerais. This new acquisition will reinforce ArcelorMittal's downstream position in Brazil, following the acquisition on April 3rd of a 50% stake in Gonvarri Brasil.With the acquisition of Manchester, and with its partnership with Gonvarri, ArcelorMittal will widen its product offering in the distribution segment in Brazil. The Group will now offer an extended range of flat products (coils and blanks), profiles, tubes and pipes.
From this new location, ArcelorMittal will target the construction market. "Penetrating this fast growing market with a diversified offer, from tubes to structural profiles, is considered as a great opportunity for the Group", said Michel Wurth, member of the Group Management Board, in charge of Steel Solutions and Services.
Manchester was founded in 1989 and is privately owned. It serves the construction segment, which represents 50% of its activity, as well as the industry and automotive segments. Its capacity is 240,000 tonnes per year for end products, and 60,000 tonnes per year for processed products (cut to length and slit products). 2007 net sales were 270 million Reals. The company employs 500 people.
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In 2007 ArcelorMittal had revenues of USD 105.2 billion and crude steel production of 116 million tonnes, representing around 10 per cent of world steel output.
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