CVRD Negotiates the Acquisition of FERTECO

Rio de Janeiro, April 12, 2001 – Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), the world´s largest producer and exporter of iron ore, is in discussions with ThyssenKrupp Stahl AG (TKS), one of the largest steelmaking groups of Europe, which may lead to the acquisition of 100% of Ferteco Mineração S.A.(Ferteco). Ferteco is a Brazilian company engaged in the mining and processing of iron ore based in the state of Rio de Janeiro and wholly owned by TKS. CVRD and TKS will make a public announcement at the appropriate time.

Ferteco is the third largest Brazilian producer of iron ore, with a production capacity of 15 million tonnes per year. It operates two iron ore mines, Fabrica and Feijão, and a pellet plant in the Iron Quadrangle region in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Ferteco also owns 10.5% of MRS Logística S.A., a Brazilian railroad company, and 100% of Companhia Portuária Baía de Sepetiba S.A., which operates a maritime terminal in the port of Sepetiba, Rio de Janeiro.​


For further information, please contact:

André Figueiredo: andre.figueiredo@vale.com
André Werner: andre.werner@vale.com
Carla Albano Miller: carla.albano@vale.com
Fernando Mascarenhas: fernando.mascarenhas@vale.com
Samir Bassil: samir.bassil@vale.com
Bruno Siqueira: bruno.siqueira@vale.com
Clarissa Couri: clarissa.couri@vale.com
Renata Capanema: renata.capanema@vale.com

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CVRD Negotiates the Acquisition of FERTECO