New ArcelorMittal R&D centre opens in Brazil
ArcelorMittal's 12th global research and development centre (R&D) will open at the site of ArcelorMittal Tubarão, Brazil, in April this year. The new centre will focus on steel innovations for the automotive, energy, construction, machinery and white goods industries.
A total of US$20m will be invested in the centre over the next five years. This includes the purchase of equipment for process simulations, product characterisation as well as analytical models to complement the existing lab facilities in the Vitória unit, Espirito Santo. Around 30 researchers and technicians will be hired in Brazil over the next two years. Others may join our European or American research centres via assignments.
The new research centre will complement the work currently being done in ArcelorMittal’s existing R&D centres. It will support both long and flat carbon South America units in the areas of product development, process development and customer services. The centre will also focus on innovations for the automotive industry, mechanical engineering, energy (oil pipeline and gas pipeline, off-shore structures, wind towers), construction and household appliances industries.
“The Brazilian research centre will ensure competitiveness and increasingly aggregating value to our products, speeding up the implementation in Brazil of innovations and solutions from across ArcelorMittal, developing cleaner processes and broadening client services”, said Charles Martins, research centre manager. “Brazil and other countries in South America are important markets, for which we see growth prospects in the long run”.
In 2014, the group invested US$260m in research and development, with 57% dedicated for research in products, 37% for processes and 6% for exploratory research.