Skip Navigation

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

Alfred Krupp’s company’s first order for Brazil: two engraved cylinders for minting coins.
First office in South America, in Buenos Aires
Supply of 100 railway wheels and two steam locomotives for the agricultural sector
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.
Entry into the mining sector in Chile
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.
Participation in the creation of the Indústria Brasileira de Mineração e Siderurgia Ltda. - later called Ferteco Mineração
Companhia Thyssen do Brasil is founded in Rio de Janeiro
Supply of the largest diesel locomotive ever built in Germany to Brazil
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.
Thyssen and Krupp merger gives rise to thyssenkrupp
thyssenkrupp CSA opened in Rio de Janeiro, one of thyssenkrupp’s biggest investments globally
Beginning of thyssenkrupp regional headquarters operations in South America, located in Sao Paulo.
Poços de Caldas receives the first thyssenkrupp factory in Brazil conceived under Industry 4.0 concept
More than 100 mobility equipment installed at RIOgaleão airport for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
thyssenkrupp celebrates 180 years of innovation in South America
thyssenkrupp is nominated for the second time one of the five most innovative companies in capital goods in Brazil by Valor Inovação Awards
valor inovação
thyssenkrupp is nominated for the third time one of the five most innovative companies in capital goods in Brazil by Valor Inovação Awards
thyssenkrupp, together with Embraer and Atech, signed the contract for building four state-of-the-art Tamandaré Class Ships for the Brazilian Navy, under Águas Azuis naval partnership.
up to top