The steel industry is considered a strong indicator of economic progress because of the role played by steel in the country's infrastructure and economic development. A positive example is that of SINOBRAS - Siderúrgica Norte Brasil S.A. - the first integrated steelmaker in the North and Northeast regions, which for 13 years has contributed to the development of the state of Pará and the entire northern region.
The company has a production capacity of 380 thousand tons of steel, with a mix of products sold in all regions of Brazil and a differentiated logistics service. With the production of steel turned to the national market, SINOBRAS had in the last year a turnover of R $ 1.1 billion, consolidating itself as one of the great industries of Pará. It currently employs 1,300 people and generates 16,700 indirect jobs, collaborating with the economic flow and the generation of income.
SINOBRAS is part of Grupo Aço Cearense, which has been operating for 40 years in the Brazilian market and offers customers long steel products for civil construction, such as SI-50 and SI-60 rebars, trusses, annealed wire, screen and screen column.
SINOBRAS is associated to Instituto Aço Brasil, an entity representative of Brazilian steelmakers. The associates operate integrated and semi-integrated mills, offering a wide range of steel products that allow them to fully meet the domestic market and maintain a strong export position, placing the sector among the main generators of Brazil's trade balance.
Development of local suppliers
SINOBRAS maintains the Network - Innovation and Economic Sustainability, an initiative of the Federation of Industries of the State of Pará (FIEPA), which focuses on economic sustainability in the business environment, enhancing the growth and evolution of mapping of new investments.
For the selection of bioreductor suppliers in the region, SINOBRAS has a rigorous process to certify the origin, quality and legality of the material being purchased and the work regime employed. Visits are made to the premises of the alleged supplier to evaluate the general conditions, following the same criteria established by the laws that define the work, such as the CLT (Consolidation of Labor Laws) and other Regulatory Norms edited by the Ministry of Labor and Employment (MTE) , and the facility's facilities for worker safety and bioreduct production. Then, the interested party in the sale of the material undergoes an audit, presents documentation proving the origin of the material, payment of taxes and labor regularity. Once approved, the contract is approved and informed to the environmental agency - SEMAS / PA. Periodically, field inspectors from SINOBRAS go to the charcoal industry to check if the raw material, the quantity of ovens, the labor regime and all other characteristics are in accordance with what was contracted and are in accordance with the laws in force.
Sustainability in essence
SINOBRAS is the largest recycler in the North / Northeast of Brazil, producing steel with 70% of scrap and 30% of liquid pig iron. Committed to the environment, it has its own supplier of bioenergetic reducer (material used in steel production), SINOBRAS Florestal, a company from the Aço Cearense Group, which owns 15 farms owning eucalyptus plantations in an area of 25,000 hectares.
With a strong role in the development of the communities where it operates and in the conservation of the environment, SINOBRASinvest in sustainability, following the trend of circular economy, based on the principles of eliminating pollution, maintaining products in the cycle of use and regenerating natural biological systems . The company is not only limited to reducing the negative impacts caused by the production system but is committed to long-term systemic change, creating business opportunities that contribute to environmental, economic and social care.
In the sintering process, the co-products generated during the steel production process are reused and sinter is produced, a raw material used as a substitute for iron ore in the production of pig iron.
Reverse logistics is another practice of environmental preservation carried out on batteries, which, after the end of their use, are sent to the manufacturer and receive a correct destination. In the same way it happens with the tires, which are sent to ecopoints.
The disposal of lubricating oils after use is done with the use of used or contaminated lubricating oil (oluc). This process transforms the used oil into base oil again, through partner companies, preventing this hazardous waste from being disposed of in the environment.
In its operational area, all the water used in the production process is recirculated, being reused in 98.35%. The company also has a dedusting system that captures solid particles generated during steel production in the Steelworks. This system has a capacity of 800 thousand N / m3 (normal cubic meters per hour). More than 9 million N / m3 of gases generated in the Furnaces unit are reused monthly in the rolling of the steel billets.
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