Leader in the supply of steel for the major appliance segment in the Country, Usiminas products have been present in thousands of Brazilian homes for decades. Manufacturers of stoves, refrigerators, washing machines and other consumer goods – such as safes and furniture – recognize the high quality of Usiminas steel.
Usiminas steel for the major appliance segment are thought out for each customer. The company develops products with specifications made-to-order to meet the unique needs of each application and product.
Another important differential is the work that each technical assistance team performs, which included complete orientation to customers about the best application of the material.
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Integrated operation and focus on added value products and services allows Usiminas to offer the most complete portfolio in the Brazilian steel industry for the agricultural and highway machinery segments. To this end, the company has an historical vocation for research and development of high quality products. The result of this effort is the leadership in the supply of steel for this market.
The advance of major infrastructure projects necessary for the Country’s economic growth makes the production of Bulldozers, Backhoe Tractors and parts a high-growth segment. For the agricultural machinery market, specific steel is destined for assembly of Harvesters, Row Crop Tractors, Cultivators and Implements.
An example of this is the new Hot Strip Mill at the Cubatão Plant.
The equipment, one of the most modern in the world, produces coils in dimensions never produced in Brazil before.
The company’s heavy plates also possess unique differentials. Usiminas produces a special steel line, Sincron steel, with differentiated characteristics of strength and weldability. Produced with the CLC (Continuous Online Control) accelerated cooling technology, developed by Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Sincron steel offers efficiency gains and performance to the customer.
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The choice for sustainable alternatives and high degree of quality has made Usiminas leader in the supply of flat rolled steel for structures in the civil construction business in Brazil for decades.
The applicability of Usiminas is all around, from the wheelbarrow to structures for bridges, buildings, housing and soccer stadiums, among others. It is not by chance that Usiminas was the first in the country to supply steel for the Federal Government’s housing program “Minha Case Minha Vida” (“My House My Life”). It also took part in the modernization of the soccer stadiums for World Cup 2014 and the projects for the 2016 Olympics.
In this manner, Usiminas has demonstrated to the market its competitive edge and the advantages of steel over concrete.
Technology and commitment
Usiminas elevated capacity is completed with its highly qualified technical team, which founded and actively took part in the Centro Brasileiro da Construção em Aço (Brazilian Steel Construction Center), an entity that has the purposed of divulging technology in steel construction.
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Fundamental for Brazil’s development, the energy market receives important investments every year to meet the growing demand. And to follow the sector’s evolution, Usiminas offers the best and most modern there is in steel solutions to generate more competitiveness for its customers.
The company is responsible to supply steel for structures and large scale equipment, such as turbines for hydroelectric plants and wind towers, among others.
For example, the hydroelectric dams of Teles Pires, Rio Madeira and Belo Monte – considered as the third largest hydroelectric generating plant in the world – rely on Usiminas steel. Besides this, energy generation coming from wind is growing in the Country, and Usiminas contributes to the evolution of this segment, producing steel for the wind parks in the Northeast and South of the country.
Within its portfolio, the company also develops and supplies highly specified steel for the Angra III Nuclear Power Plant.
Usiminas’ participation in the development of the Brazilian shipbuiilding and offshore Market follows the growing demand of the segment for high performance, reliable steel. All the heavy plate fabricated in Brazil for the production of blocks for service ships, modular and platform structures were produced by Usiminas.
The segment should continue to expand over the next years and will increasingly continue to demand high-value added content, mainly with exploration of the Pre-Salt layer. To meet these new demands, Usiminas – and also Usiminas Mecânica – offer a diversified portfolio of products and solutions with the objective of supplying all the requirements of this market.
Usiminas produces a special line of heavy plate, unique in the Country. The Sincron steel Family possesses special characteristics, allying high mechanical strength to excellent weldability.
The equipment responsible for the production of special steel was inaugurated in 2010 at the Ipatinga Mill through a partnership with Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation, which developed the technology in Japan.
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Leader in the sales of heavy plates and hot rolled coils for the manufacture of large-diameter tubes in the domestic market, Usiminas seeks to systematically present differentiated solutions for its customers.
Today, the company serves strategic sectors for the Country’s development, such as oil and gas (OCTG and linepipe), sanitation, mining and industrial applications in general.
Usiminas steel has quality recognized by the market, offering differential unique to the Brazilian market, with production of coils up to two meters in width, which makes possible manufacture of tubes of up to 24” in diameter.
Produced by means of CLC (Continuous Online Control) accelerated cooling technology, Sincron steel offers adequate performance in applications with strict requirements and complex environments, such as those found in Pre-Salt exploration. Besides this, its characteristics allow efficiency gains for customers, especially in welding applications.
In the hot strip mill, the company has a latest generation rolling mil installed in the Cubatão Plant (SP), capable of producing coils with dimensions never produced before in the country, allowing efficiency gains in tubes manufacturing and adaptation of its products to the increasing challenges of the segment.
Few companies in the world have knowhow and competence to be at the forefront of the market’s needs, mainly in an industry that does not cease to grow, like the automobile industry. Usiminas maintains constant work to develop the most appropriate steel grades for the diferent customers in this segment, in addition to systematically develop the best solutions and global steelmaking trends.
Thus, the company seeks to meet the present needs in an innovative fashion of energy efficiency and safety improvement in automobiles by means of weight reduction of its components.
Exactly because of this work, Usiminas is the only Brazilian steel company to participate in the collaborative research of World Auto Steel. This is the most importante worldwide committee following the technological trends in the automobile industry and development of solutions in steel for automotive manufacture.
Integration that generates value
The integrated structure of Usiminas companies makes the customization of products possible, transforming steel into made-to-order solutions for its customers.
An example of this is steel processing at Soluções Usiminas. The largest steel service center in the Country, the company is capable of cutting steel into the shape of regular, angled and designed blanks.
Besides generating greater competitive edge, the coordinated services are focused on the customers needs and contribute to the growth of the Brazilian automobile chain. All of this is allied to its distribution capability and integration to the customers’ production lines, with programmed just-in-time deliveries.
The products resulting from this application are indicated for the manufacture of parts with critical drawing, such as, for example, the internal hood, lateral, internal doors and trunk.
Developing solutions aligned to the needs of the market and work in an integrated manner with customers is the way Usiminas contributes to the progress of the automobile industry. The company develops solutions in such a way as to meet the present needs of weight reduction and increasing passenger safety, thus contributing to reduce the emission of pollutants.
To this end, new types of steel were developed with the objective of obtaining high strength materials, in addition to excellence ductility and atmospheric corrosion resistance. All of this was only possible by means of a constant modernization process of the Usiminas Technology Center, which allows the company to extract positive answers to the market demands.
In addition to the latest investments in steel production, such as the new Hot Strip Mill, the new pickling line and new galvanizing line, Usiminas also expanded its offer of steel processed by means of the several service centers of Soluções Usiminas.
The use of high strength steel is a worldwide trend in order to meet the pollutant gas emissions and safety criteria. By year 2020, it is estimated that consumption of this type of steel in Brazil will be four times greater than what is practiced today.
Usiminas is the only steel company capable of producing steel with world class standard strength characteristics, with 1000 MPa minimum Tensile Strength. Dual Phase 1000 is a hot-dip galvanized steel fabricated by the Ipatinga Plant and can be coated with GA (purê zinc) or GI (Ferro-zinc).
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Usiminas relies on more than 150 partners operating in the distribution market in the four corners of Brazil.In order to serve customers of all sizes and facilitate access to Usiminas’ products, these partners have become an important part in the development of this segment.
Many distributors have their own steel transformation line, which aggregates value to the product and increases the pool of possibilities and solutions for the market. In this manner, distribution covers both resellers, such as processors that, from flat rolled steel, develop tubes, profiles, roofing, gutters, slits, blanks and sheets, among others.
The result of the union of companies that already operated in the segment, Soluções Usiminas arose in 2010, as one of the most important companies in the Country in the transformation and distribution of steel. With modern processing infrastructure, the company is prepared to serve, in a customized manner, the demands of diverse market segments in any quantity and format.