'Latin American Steel: A retrospective in 101 essays' is a collection of reprints of pages from Steel Times International of articles authored by Dr Germano Mendes De Paula, Professor of Economics at the Federal University of Uberlandia (UFU), Brazil.
In all, 101 articles have been collected covering the period January 2000 to December 2011 providing an invaluable collection to trace the development of Latin American steel in the past decade.
Over 80% of the articles are ‘Updates’, Germano’s regular column which each issue focuses on some aspect of the Latin American steel industry. The remaining articles are reports on conferences in Latin America attended by the author, including each of the ILAFA (renamed Alacero in 2011) conferences – with the exception of 2002 when economic turmoil hit the region preventing Germano’s attendance.
Over 400 steel companies are mentioned in the collection of papers, some many times, such as Gerdau, Usiminas, ArcelorMittal, Ternium, Techint, Sidor, CSN, Acesita, Tenaris, CAP and Deacero, while some have only one entry such as Comesa (now a Gerdau group company), Ferromallas, Inlasa and many others. Indeed, many of these isolated names are absent from the steel directories and are revealed only by the author’s in depth knowledge of the region.
An index to the pages referring to each of these companies is found at the end of the book.
This collection is recommended reading for all scholars of Latin America’s industrial development, historians, economists and everyone interested in the steel industry whether in a regional or global context.
Latin American Steel: A retrospective in 101 essays
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