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thyssenkrupp in South America

South America, with close to 10,000 employees, is one of thyssenkrupp’s largest operations outside Germany. The company has been doing business in the region for 180 years.

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 South America 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 the region

  • 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 South America – our history

1837
Alfred Krupp’s company’s first order for Brazil: two engraved cylinders for minting coins.
1865
First office in South America, in Buenos Aires
1872
Supply of 100 railway wheels and two steam locomotives for the agricultural sector
1877
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.
1894
Entry into the mining sector in Chile
1905
Blohm & Voss (now thyssenkrupp Marine Systems) builds the vessel “Orion” for transporting goods and passengers for the Santos-based Cruzeiro do Sul shipping company.
1908
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.
1913
Participation in the creation of the Indústria Brasileira de Mineração e Siderurgia Ltda. - later called Ferteco Mineração
1920
Companhia Thyssen do Brasil is founded in Rio de Janeiro
1952
Supply of the largest diesel locomotive ever built in Germany to Brazil
1961
Alfred Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach and President Janio Quadros open the group’s first metallurgical unit in Brazil, in Campo Limpo Paulista
1987
Tupi Class submarines are supplied to the Brazilian Navy
1999
Elevadores Sür acquisition.
1999
Thyssen and Krupp merger gives rise to thyssenkrupp
2010
thyssenkrupp CSA opened in Rio de Janeiro, one of thyssenkrupp’s biggest investments globally
2013
Beginning of thyssenkrupp regional headquarters operations in South America, located in Sao Paulo.
2015
Poços de Caldas receives the first thyssenkrupp factory in Brazil conceived under Industry 4.0 concept
2016
More than 100 mobility equipment installed at RIOgaleão airport for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
2017
thyssenkrupp celebrates 180 years of innovation in South America
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