Excellence recognized in Brazil

When Samarco Mineração needed assistance with its latest expansion project, it looked to FLSmidth as a trusted and experienced supplier. Based in Belo Horizonte, Samarco Mineração has been operating since 1977 and is a joint venture between Vale S.A. and BHP Billiton. The company engages in the mining, beneficiation and pelletizing of iron.

Up until recently, Samarco had been producing at a capacity of 22.3 million tons a year (Mt/y) to ready iron ore for export to steelmakers around the world. This was accomplished through its three pelletizing plants located in the Espírito Santo state of Anchieta in Brazil. To increase capacity, Samarco added a fourth pelletizing plant inaugurated during the first half of 2014. The expansion included an iron ore beneficiation plant with equipment being supplied by FLSmidth to extract and separate the iron ore and increase its grade value before it was pelletized for shipment. The project has been very successful, increasing production output to 30.5 Mt/y.

To recognize the superior contributions and performance of suppliers, Samarco created the Excellence Award, which this year was presented to FLSmidth. Evaluation criteria for the award included delivery, quality, safety procedures during and following erection, commissioning and startup, social and environmental responsibility, and performance and reliability of the equipment. Out of 200 suppliers and because of its good management practices during the fourth expansion project, FLSmidth received outstanding results and was announced as a winner.

The prestigious award, known as the “Trofeu Excelencia” (Excellence Trophy) was presented to members of FLSmidth management at Samarco Mineração’s gala dinner held on the September 4, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, with more than 400 VIP guests and suppliers of the minerals industry in attendance.

“This award belongs to all FLSmidth,” said Francisco Davos, Brazil Country Director. “It belongs to each employee of the company. It's an award that makes us very proud to continue our journey, and even more motivated to continue offering the best solutions to the market. Thanks to everyone who contributed to it.”

CONTACT: Francisco Davos