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thyssenkrupp in Brazil

Today, Brazil, with close to 12 thousand employees, is one of thyssenkrupp’s largest operations outside Germany, and the largest in South America. thyssenkrupp has been present in the region for over 50 years, but its relationship with the country began long before that.

In 1837, the company's owner, Alfred Krupp, received the first order from a Brazilian customer to supply two engraved cylinders for minting coins. Shortly thereafter, the company built a ship for transporting goods and passengers for Cruzeiro do Sul, a shipping company based in Santos (São Paulo State), and also received the first order for a steam locomotive for the Central do Brasil railroad company.

In 1961, thyssenkrupp’s first plant in Brazil opened in Campo Limpo Paulista (São Paulo State). This was also the group’s first metallurgical plant outside Europe. This operation boosted the company's performance in a number of industrial segments in Brazil, including the automotive industry, for which Metalúrgica Campo Limpo is now one of the major suppliers of components for cars, commercial vehicles and machinery.

In 1987, a new milestone: the supply of Tupi Class submarines for the Brazilian Navy. These vessels are critically important to national security, and are responsible today for patrolling the country’s coast and the pre-salt oil basins.

The expansion and diversification of thyssenkrupp’s operations continued over the following decades, at pace with the growth of the economy and also through mergers and acquisitions. In 2010, Brazil received one of the largest investments ever made by the company globally: The Companhia Siderúrgica do Atlântico (CSA).

Solid Footprint in Brazil

  • 1 out of 3 new building, airport or shopping mall in Brazil are equipped with thyssenkrupp elevators and escalators
  • 1 out of 2 wind power mills in Brazil is equipped with thyssenkrupp components
  • 9 out of 10 vehicles produced in the region are equipped with thyssenkrupp components
  • Every locally manufactured aircraft is equipped with thyssenkrupp parts

Key figures

Valor de vendas, número de colaboradores, operações, número de escritórios, centros de pesquisa.

thyssenkrupp and Brazil – our history

Alfred Krupp’s company’s first order for Brazil: two engraved cylinders for minting coins.
Two years after its registration in Germany, the Krupp brand is also protected in Brazil. This shows that the Brazilian market was already considered very important, even at that time.
Blohm & Voss (now thyssenkrupp Marine Systems) builds the vessel “Orion” for transporting goods and passengers for the Santos-based Cruzeiro do Sul shipping company.
Henschel & Sohn (later Thyssen Henschel) receives the first order for a locomotive. That same year, two steam locomotives are supplied to the Central do Brasil railroad company.
Companhia Thyssen do Brasil is founded in Rio de Janeiro
Alfred Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach and President Janio Quadros open the group’s first metallurgical unit in Brazil, in Campo Limpo Paulista
Tupi Class submarines are supplied to the Brazilian Navy
Elevadores Sür acquisition.
thyssenkrupp CSA opened in Rio de Janeiro, one of thyssenkrupp’s biggest investments globally
thyssenkrupp regional headquarters opened in Brazil.
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