CVRD acquired on May 11th, 2000, the total shareholding control of MINERAÇÃO SOCOIMEX S.A. ("SOCOIMEX"), a mining company located in Barão de Cocais, State of Minas Gerais.

SOCOIMEX’s main activity is the production and commercialization of iron ore extracted from the Gongo Sôco Mine, with proven reserves of approximately 75 million tons and capacity to produce 7 million tons/year.

Following CVRD strategic planning, the acquisition of SOCOIMEX aggregates a high grade hematite reserve to the CVRD assets on the Southern System, rising the productivity and improving the quality of its products.


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