Expansion in Brazil creates jobs at Proplate
Proplate has landed an exciting contract in Brazil and is now supplying wear parts to one of the world’s largest mining projects. The end customer is Vale, the world’s second-largest mining company and the global leader in iron ore. Vale is investing no less than 19.49 billion dollars to increase iron ore extraction at the Carajás Mining Complex.
“The contract in Brazil is just part of a larger upturn we’ve been seeing this spring,” says Max Björk, CEO of Proplate AB. “The increased order intake has meant that we’ve had to bring in 20 extra personnel since March 2013 to handle deliveries. To make sure we can run at full production through the summer, we’ve also hired a number of temps to cover vacations.”
“We see a lot of potential on the Brazilian market,” continues Björk. “The country is facing enormous demands when it comes to infrastructure expansion – and it has the financial muscles to implement those plans.”
Vale will create up to 30,000 jobs during the three-year project to expand the mining complex. A total of 2,600 permanent jobs are estimated once the mining area is commissioned in 2016.
Proplate’s order is the first step in a larger project underway with customer Railroad, supplier to the largest mining companies in Brazil. The wear parts in thick metal plate manufactured by Proplate will be used to extract the iron ore.