History of POSCO - Pohang Iron & Steel Company.
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History of POSCO


The Pohang Iron & Steel Company was established in 1968. As at end-2013, POSCO was the sixth largest steelmaker in the world, producing ~38 million tonnes of crude steel.

The timeline below covers the history of the firm.

  • 1968: Pohang Iron and Steel Co., Ltd. founded.
  • 1970: Construction commenced of the Pohang Works.
  • 1983: Construction started of the Gwangyang Works.
  • 1987: Construction of headquarters completed in Pohang.
  • 1988: Pohang Iron and Steel Co part privatised.
  • 1988: Stock of Pohang Iron and Steel listed stock exchange in Korea.
  • 1994: ADRs listed on the New York stock exchange.
  • 1994: Creation of two subsidiary companies, POSTEEL & POSTRADE.
  • 1995: Construction of Corex plant completed.
  • 2000: Privatisation of Pohang Iron and Steel Company completed.
  • 2002: Change of company name to POSCO.
  • 2003: Opening of the POSCO Museum.
  • 2004: Participation in Benxi jv [China, cold rolling].
  • 2005: Orissa state & POSCO sign Indian new plant agreement.
  • 2005: Construction of Zhangjiagang stainless plant in China.
  • 2005: Completion of Gwangyang LNG Terminal.
  • 2005: POSCO ADRs listed on the Tokyo stock exchange.
  • 2006: Construction of #1 Finex plant 1.5 mt/year capacity.
  • 2008: Rumours of prospective bid for Daewoo Shipbuilding.
  • 2009: Acquisition of Asian Stainless Corp in Vietnam.
  • 2009: Coating line completed in Mexico [galvanized auto sheet].
  • 2010: Indian government orders suspension of POSCO project work.
  • 2010: Acquisition by POSCO of Daewoo International.
  • 2011: Purchase of stake in Thainox - large stainless steel producer.
  • 2012: India suspends POSCO plant environment licence in March.
  • 2012: Plan revealed for $1.5bn capacity expansion in Maharashtra.
  • 2013: POSCO consortium buys 15% of ArcelorMittal Mines Canada.
  • 2013: POSCO gives up plans to build Karnataka steel plant.
  • 2013: Plans new steel mill with Chongqing as a 50/50 jv.
  • 2014: Posco & Chongqing Iron & Steel sign agreement for $3.3 bn investment.
  • 2014: Announces plan to build car assembly plant in KSA.

Notes
  • Creation of POSCO was as the result of Government deliberations during the 1960s that self-sufficiency in iron and steel and construction of an integrated steel plant were essential to Korea's economic development.
  • Construction of the first steel works at Pohang was funded by money received from Japan. This funding was part of a compensation payment received from Japan for its colonial rule of Korea.
  • In 1986 US Steel entered into a 50:50 joint venture with Pohang Iron and Steel Company to modernize its Pittsburg plant (California) - to supply the facilty with high quality steel. This venture is now known as USS-POSCO Industries, and operates cold rolling and coating plant on the West Coast.
  • 1988: Until the part privatisation, ownership of POSCO was held by the Ministry of Finance and the Government-owned Korea Development Bank.
  • 1988: POSCO's Indian project centres on a $12 billion steel-making complex, which includes a power plant and a port.
  • 1994: POSTEEL is the domestic sales distribution company, whilst POSTRADE handles POSCO's foreign distribution and product sales.
  • 2010: According to some analysts, the purchase of Daewoo was at a price significantly above market value.
  • 2012: Capacity expansion project at steel plant in Maharashtra is for reprocessing of austenitic and cold rolled stainless steel at the facility in the Vile-Bhagad and Palasgaon industrial area in Raigad district.
  • 2013: POSCO signed a preliminary agreement in 2010 to build a ~6 million tonne per year steel plant in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka. POSCO abandoned this project in mid-2013 because of deteriorating market conditions and because of delays in securing mining rights.
  • 2014: According to South Korea's trade ministry, POSCO in mid-2014 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chongqing concerning investment in a 3 mt/year steel plant in western China.
  • 2014: POSCO signed MoU to explore new business opportunities with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign fund. These opportunities were at the time thought to be connected with Daewoo International Corporation's plans to build an automobile assembly plant in the Kingdom.


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