Aperam, before known as ArcelorMittal Inox Brasil or, formerly known as Acesita, is a biggest Brazilian manufacturer of specialty steels. Headquartered in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, the company is a supplier of stainless, silicon and special carbon steels. Acesita's steel market share in Brazil is estimated to be 90%, and it is the only stainless steel maker in Latin America. The company's main plant, at Timóteo in Minas Gerais (ArcelorMittal Timóteo), has an installed production capacity is 900,000 tons of steel per year. The company also mines iron ore.
Acesita was founded in October 31st of 1944, among the cofounders was Percival Farquhar and got into the stainless steel business in the late 1970s. It was privatised by the Brazilian government in 1992. The French steel maker Usinor, now part of ArcelorMittal, took a controlling stake in Acesita 1998. In 2007, ArcelorMittal announced the rebranding of Acesita to ArcelorMittal Inox Brasil. The company's stock is traded on Bovespa, where it is part of the Ibovespa index. However, ArcelorMittal announced it would buy out all public stock of ArcelorMittal Inox Brasil, and make it a wholly owned subsidiary.
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