The headquarters of SMS group Metalurgia do Brasil Ltda., including main office and workshop, is located in the city of Vespasiano close to Belo Horizonte. Representing the majority of sales force, engineering team, workers and administration staff, about 130 persons are working at this site.
The workshop comprises an area of 2,000 square meters and specializes in the repair and upgrade of products, for example copper plates, including the UNIGUARD™ premium coating, rolls from processing lines such as zinc pot and furnace rolls, core components from rolling mills like mandrels and coilers, caster molds and segments as well as parts for submerged arc furnaces.
Besides the complete electroplating facilities needed to repair cooper plates of slab caster molds, the workshop is equipped with a thermal spray unit, an HVOF (High Velocity Oxygen Fuel) machine and a five-axis machining center supplied by reputed European companies.
In addition, the Vespasiano site has a dedicated workshop to manufacture welded parts like BOF hoods, ducts for cooling stacks, cooled panels for electric arc furnaces and submerged arc furnaces, electrode arms and columns, ladle furnace and EAF roofs as well as dedusting channel parts. Long-life performance of the cooled parts is ensured through special coatings applied by welding or spraying. This makes customers benefit from high quality combined with favourable prices.
The technology to manufacture laying head tubes for wire rod and bar mills has been provided by the SMS group headquarters in Germany.