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TEST OPERATION AT NEW FACTORY IN MARABÁ (PA) TO BEGIN IN COMING WEEKS

 

Factory has required investments of R$ 100 million and awaits the necessary licenses to move into operation, as it moves into the test stage; combining the production capacities of the factories in Jundiaí (SP) and Marabá (PA), Correias Mercúrio declares Brazil’s self-sufficiency in conveyor belt manufacture

 

Jundiaí (SP) and Marabá (PA), July 2016 – Since its founding seventy years ago, Correias Mercúrio has established itself as the leading conveyor belt manufacturer in the Brazilian market, and it has now announced an important new milestone in its history: the start of operations at its second factory, with investments in the order of R$ 100 million (US$ 30 million). The unit, established in the Industrial District of Marabá (Pará state), is the first to manufacture conveyor belts in the Northern region of Brazil.

The new factory, that is waiting for its operating licenses to be granted in order to start its test phases, will supply the North, Northeast and Center-West regions of Brazil. It should be mentioned that the demand from these regions has, until now, been met by Correias Mercúrio’s factory located in Jundiaí in upstate São Paulo, the country’s largest factory in this sector. The change to the existing model required a great deal of planning and a detailed chronogram that are in keeping with the company’s leading position.

 “A project of this size has only been possible because the company is committed to its strategic objectives and has diligently followed its long-term growth plan. Challenges are inherent in a project of this size, but thanks to the professionalism of all those involved we have managed to successfully meet the work deadlines,” explains the CEO of Correias Mercúrio, Cristina Kawall. “The Mercúrio Marabá unit is an essential part of our growth plan. With this factory we will be taking an important step towards making Brazil self-sufficient in the manufacture of conveyor belts, an achievement that fills us with pride,” concluded the CEO.

The company’s commitment to the development of the country’s industrial sector is evidenced by its announcement of a factory that has been entirely conceived on the ‘lean manufacturing’ model, offering the most advanced concepts and best manufacturing practices, as well as innovative production strategies for high-performance results.

The efforts made to operate in the North of Brazil, creating direct and indirect jobs and prioritizing the local supply network, confirms Correias Mercúrio’s commitment to the economic promotion and all-round development of Marabá. The company’s presence in Marabá provides greater speed in its ability to meet the needs of industries in the region. “We are committed to the development of the regions in which we are active, and have been careful to invest in the training of labor in Marabá. We have therefore, in partnership with SENAI, created an entirely free-of-charge rubber technology course, the first of its kind in the city,” explains Kawall.

Brazil boasts the biggest conveyor belt consumer market in South America. The products play an essential role in base sectors such as mining, steel manufacture and agribusiness. “It is a milestone in our history and we should thank the Municipal Government of Marabá and the Pará State Government for the commitment they have shown right from the beginning of the project,” says Kawall. “We should also mention the important support provided by the local suppliers and civil organizations,” she continued.

Correias Mercúrio is the market leader in the conveyor belt sector in Brazil, as well as being the biggest manufacturer of steel cables in South America. Its products are custom planned and manufactured to the needs of each of its clients. With the inauguration of the new factory in Marabá, the unit in Jundiaí will start directing part of its production to the international market, providing the São Paulo-based factory with greater agility and manufacturing flow. The company also has an office in the Chilean capital Santiago, with a team of local professionals, as well as a distribution center in Jundiaí.