August 4, 2008
ArcelorMittal Announces a US$600 Million Investment in Mexico
ArcelorMittal is pleased to announce today it plans to construct a new steel mill in Mexico. It will produce carbon steel and bars including rebar, merchant bar quality and special bar quality products that will principally serve the construction and automotive sectors.
The facility will be based on electrical steel making equipment with capacity of one million of metric tons of billets per year and a new bar rolling mill with a capacity of 500,000 metric tons. This additional production will be directed to the domestic market, mainly to produce high added value steel products but also to support the Government of Mexico's National Infrastructure Plan and Housing Program.
The new facility will incorporate state of the art technology and steel processing to ensure it is both energy-efficient and environmentally responsible. It will also benefit from best practices that have been developed across the group's operations.
Commenting, Gonzalo Urquijo, Member of ArcelorMittal's Group Management Board with responsibility for Long Products stated:
"We are delighted to be making this investment which underlines our commitment to the Mexican steel industry. Our plan calls for an investment of $US 600 million. We are presently evaluating potential sites for the mill in Mexico. The decision concerning the final location will be based upon a number of factors including logistics, supply chain and the availability of sufficient resources to run and operate the plant efficiently and responsibly."
The commencement of construction will be subject to the receipt of appropriate regulatory approvals by the relevant local authorities.
ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel company, with over 320,000 employees in more than 60 countries.
ArcelorMittal is the leader in all major global steel markets, including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with leading R&D and technology, as well as sizeable captive supplies of raw materials and outstanding distribution networks. With an industrial presence in over 20 countries spanning four continents, the Company covers all of the key steel markets, from emerging to mature.
Through its core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, ArcelorMittal commits to operating in a responsible way with respect to the health, safety and wellbeing of its employees, contractors and the communities in which it operates. It is also committed to the sustainable management of the environment and of finite resources. ArcelorMittal recognises that it has a significant responsibility to tackle the global climate change challenge: it takes a leading role in the industry's efforts to develop breakthrough steelmaking technologies and is actively researching and developing steel-based technologies and solutions that contribute to combat climate change.
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.
ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MTP), Brussels (MTBL), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS).
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