ArcelorMittal was formed from the acquisition of Arcelor by Mittal Steel. Mittal Steel was in turn formed from the merger of ISPAT International and LNM Holdings. The timeline below covers the history of these firms.
1989: Lease deal with Iron & Steel Company of Trinidad & Tobago.
1992: Acquisition of Sibalsa in Mexico.
1994: Acquisition by Ispat of Sidbec-Dosco in Canada.
1995: Acquisition of Karmet Works in Kazakhstan.
1995: Acquisition of Hamburger Stahlwerke in Germany.
1997: Ispat International floats in NY & Amsterdam.
1997: Takeover of Thyssen Duisberg, Germany.
1998: Acquisition of Inland Steel Company, USA.
1999: Ispat purchase of Unimetal, France.
2001: Purchase of Sidex Galati in Romania.
2001: Purchase of Alfasid [renamed Mittal Steel Annaba] in Algeria.
2001: Equity partnership deal with Iscor, South Africa.
2003: Acquisition of Nova Hut in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
2004: Acquisition of Skopje plant from Balkan Steel, Macedonia.
2004: LNM Holdings & ISPAT International merged into Mittal Steel.
2005: Purchase of PHS - Polskie Huty Stali in Poland.
2005: Mittal Steel takeover of the International Steel Group, USA.
2005: Acquisition of Kryvorizhstal, Kryvyi Rih in Ukraine.
2005: Purchase of small stake in Hunan Valin, China.
2005: Iron ore mining agreement with government of Liberia.
2005: Unsuccessful bid for Erdemir Group, Turkey.
2006: Acquisition of Arcelor and creation of ArcelorMittal.
2007: ArcelorMittal purchase of 100% stake in Galvex, Estonia.
2007: Arcelor Mittal finalises acquisition of Sicartsa.
2008: Increase of stake in Macarthur Coal Australia to ~20%.
2008: Sale of Sparrow's Point to Russia's Severstal.
2008: Creation of VAMA jv between ArcelorMittal & China's Valin Steel.
2008: Purchase of three coal mining assets in Russia.
2009: Dispute in South Africa over iron ore supply from Kumba.
2009: Divestment of minority interest in Wabush Mines, Canada.
2010: Spin-off of stainless & specialty steels business into Aperam.
2011: ArcelorMittal wins control of Baffinland iron ore mine, Canada.
2012: Sale of 48.1% stake in Paul Wurth Group to SMS GmbH.
2012: Florange steel closure announced - much political reaction.
2012: 15% stake sold in Canada Mines for $1.1 billion.
2013: Rumoured interest in purchase of TKS Alabama Calvert mill.
2013: Plan announced to raise $3.5bn to lower debt via share issue.
2013: Cancellation of 12 mt per annum steel project in Odisha.
2013: Sells 6.66% equity stake in Turkey's Erdemir Group for $267m.
2013: Opens new auto stampings production plant in Senica, Slovakia.
2014: Pays $90 million to settle US price-fixing lawsuit.
2014: Agrees Senegal $150m fine over failed Faleme iron ore mine deal.
2014: Opens new US$852 million advanced automotive steel plant in China.
2014: With Gerdau, sells stake in US-based Gallatin to Nucor Corp.
2015: Rumours of impending closure of Vanderbijlpark Works in South Africa.
2015: Transfer of various Algerian ownership stakes to government.
2016: Considers idling of operations at Indiana Harbor, East Chicago.
2016: Mothballs EAF steel plant in Sestao, northern Spain.
2016: Closes down Point Lisas steel plant in Trinidad and Tobago.
2016: Proposes $3bn rights issue in Feb 2016 to reduce debt burden.
2016: Sells LaPlace & Vinton long product facilities in the USA.
2017: Group led by ArcelorMittal wins race to buy Italy's Ilva plant.
2017: Becomes majority owner of Bekaert steel cord company in Brazil.
2018: Wins bid for the acquisition of India's Essar Steel.
2018: Agrees to divest plants in Galati Romania & Ostrava in Czech Republic.
2018: Agrees sale to Liberty House of plants in Dudelange and Liege.
2018: Progresses transaction to buy Ilva: launches ArcelorMittal Italia.
2019: Completes aquisition of Essar Steel with Nippon Steel (NSSMC).
2020: Negotiations continue regarding new industrial plan for Ilva.
2020: Offers to set up new R&D centre in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
2020: Odisha govt asks ArcelorMittal-Nippon to build Paradip steel plant.
2020: Idles blast furnace #4 at Indiana Harbor mill in East Chicago.
2020: Considers sale of Canadian infrastructure assets.
2020: ArcelorMittal announces Rs 2000 cr investment in Odisha.
2020: Mothballs steelmaking operations at Fos-sur-Mer, France.
2020: Agrees sale of US steelmaking assets to Cleveland Cliffs.
2020: Announces permanent closure of BFs and melt shop in Krakow Poland.
1995 purchase: Karmet also known as the Karaganda Metallurgical Kombinat. The facility is now known as ArcelorMittal Temirtau.
1997 flotation of Ispat International - at this point the Company controlled group steelmaking operations in Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico, Canada and Germany. The stock exchange debut involved a $776 million initial public offering.
In December 2004 Ispat International acquired LNM Holdings NV. The merged company’s name was then changed to Mittal Steel Company NV.
2005 purchase of PHS comprised Huta Katowice, Huta Sendzimira, Huta Florian and Huta Cedler.
2005 deal with International Steel Group (ISG) involved acquisition of the former Inland Steel's East Chicago Works, ex-LTV Corporation's Indiana Harbor Works and the Burns Harbor Works that had previously been owned by Bethlehem Steel.
2005 bid for the Erdemir Group was won by OYAK, the Turkish army pension fund.
2007 Sicartsa deal involved acquisition of long product capacity of ~2.7 million tonnes on facilities in Mexico (Lazaro Cardenas) and in Texas, USA (Border Steel). It included purchase of Sicartsa's wholly owned mine with iron ore reserves of ~160 million tonnes.
2008 purchase in Russia was of Beryozovskaya and Pervomayskaya coal mines and of the Zhernovskaya coal deposit.
In the 2009 Kumba dispute, the Sishen Iron Ore Company [a subsidiary of Kumba Iron Ore Ltd] informed ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) in early 2010 that the steelmaker was no longer entitled to receive 6.25 mt per annum of iron ore mined by Sishen at cost plus 3%, as AMSA had failed to convert its old order mining rights in May 2009. Adding to the complexity of this dispute, the 21.4% mining rights not converted by AMSA were sold in early 2010 to Imperial Crown Trading 289 (Pty) Ltd (“ICT”), a step that was later challenged by Sishen. As at mid-2011, both cases are the subject of separate legal proceedings.
2011 purchase of Baffinland was a combined venture involving ArcelorMittal (70% ownership) and Nunavut Iron Ore Acquisition Inc (30% stake) of the Canadian iron ore mining assets.
Towards the end of 2012, ArcelorMittal determined that operation of two blast furnaces at Florange in France was no longer economic, and announced their planned closure. The French Government reacted by threatening to nationalise the company's Florange site. This step triggered much debate about the role of the State in private business, the value of interventionism, and messsages sent to future investors. Closure of Florange steelmaking was nonetheless postponed - over the short-term at least.
ThyssenKrupp decided to sell its Steel Americas business in mid-2012. This business included a new 5 mt/year integrated steel slab plant in Brazil as well as a rolling mill in Calvert, Alabama. It is understood that ArcelorMittal's interest is in the Alabama finishing mill only.
ArcelorMittal commenced work on several mega projects in India in ~2005-2006 but (like POSCO) faced many hurdles with land acquisition and other matters which led to major delays. These projects - all involving integrated steelmaking and costing almost $30 billion in total - were planned in Odisha, Jharkhand and at Karnataka. The Odisha project was finally cancelled in August 2013. As at Q3 2013, the status the Jharkhand and Karnataka projects remains uncertain.
VAMA began construction in mid-2012, with operations expected to commence mid-2014 and production geared primarily to the Chinese auto market. The jv will produce state-of-the-art automotive steels. ArcelorMittal is supporting the project with provision of production know-how. VAMA’s product portfolio is to include technologically advanced steel products including ultra high strength steel with strengths of up to 1200MPa and other advanced steels especially designed for hot stamping. VAMA's production lines will include continuous pickling and cold rolling with an annual production capacity of ~1 million tonnes of steel, with continuous annealing and continuous hot dip galvanising capability.
ArcelorMittal stake in the Erdemir Group was ~25% until March 2012, when it sold ~6.3% of the equity for ~US $268m. The October 2013 sale of the 6.66% stake further reduces ArcelorMittal's ownership to around 12.1%.
ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation in November 2013 acquired ThyssenKrupp's Alabama steel mill in Calvert for $1.55 billion.
ArcelorMittal had initially planned to invest $2.2 billion in the Faleme iron ore mine project, including the construction of a new port near Dakar and a 750 km railway line. The mine, in the country's far east, is estimated to contain ~750 million tonnes of iron ore reserves. However, the project was suspended after the global economic crisis struck.
Valin ArcelorMittal Automotive Steel Co in June 2014 officially opened its new $852m advanced automotive steel plant in China. The joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Hunan Valin Iron & Steel Co will produce high-strength automotive steels for the Chinese market.
October 2014 sale by ArcelorMittal and Gerdau of their 50% stake in Gallatin to Nucor was reportedly part of a strategy to divest non-core assets
Q4 2015 rumours of closure of ArcelorMittal's South African steelmaking assets persisted, despite imposition by the South African government of a 10% tariff on steel imports in October
October 2015 ownership restructuring in Algeria involved the transfer of ArcelorMittal's minority shareholdings in both ArcelorMittal Algeria and in ArcelorMittal Tebessa - as well as its majority stake in ArcelorMittal Pipes & Tubes Algeria - to the Algerian government.
During the course of 2015 ArcelorMittal idled Indiana Harbor Long Carbon and the No. 2 galvanizing line at Indiana Harbor West. The company also notified its trade union of the intention to idle the No. 1 aluminizing line at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor West (the former LTV steel mill).
The LaPlace Louisiana facility - along with a rolling mill in Harriman Tennessee - produces billets, angles, flats, channels and beams. The Vinton facility - located in El Paso Texas - produces rebar and grinding media. Both the LaPlace and the Vinton facilities were sold in March 2016 to an affiliate of Black Diamond Capital Management (‘Black Diamond’).
Successful June 2017 Euro 1.8 billion bid for Ilva by the AM Investco consortium included Marcegaglia and Banca Intesa Sanpaolo.
In June 2017 ArcelorMittal became the 55.5% shareholder of the Bekaert steel cord subsidiary in the Brazilian city of Sumare, with Bekaert retaining the remaining 44.5% ownership stake.
October 2018 divestment plan announced as part of Ilva acquisition plan in discussions with European Commission. Divested assets to include ArcelorMittal Ostrava (Czech Republic), ArcelorMittal Galati (Romania), ArcelorMittal Skopje (Macedonia) and ArcelorMittal Piombino (Italy).
ArcelorMittal acquired Essar Steel India Limited (ESIL) in October 2018. ESIL is an integrated flat steel producer, and the largest steel company in western India with annual crude steel production of ~6.5 million tonnes. ESIL also has iron ore pellet facilities in the east of India, with current annual capacity of 14 million tonnes per annum. ArcelorMittal will jointly own and operate ESIL in partnership with Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation ('NSSMC'), Japan's largest steel producer.
On 2nd November 2018 ArcelorMittal announced that it had received a binding offer from Liberty House Group for the acquisition of ArcelorMittal Dudelange (Luxembourg) and finishing lines at ArcelorMittal Liege (Belgium): hot dip galvanising lines 4 and 5 in Flemalle; and hot-rolled pickling, cold rolling and tin plate lines in Tilleur. The assets are the final part of a divestment package that ArcelorMittal agreed with the European Commission during its merger control investigation into the Company's acquisition of Ilva.
ArcelorMittal in November 2018 announced that AM Investco Italy Srl's transaction to acquire Ilva S.p.A. had been completed. ArcelorMittal is the principal shareholder in AM Investco with a 94.4 per cent equity stake.
On December 10 2019, a lower court decided that Ilva's blast furnace #2 should be shut down. Later that month, ArcelorMittal signed a non-binding agreement with the Italian government to continue negotiations on a new industrial plan for Ilva, including discussions on a substantial equity investment by a government-controlled entity. An An appeal court reversed the decision regardig closure of blast furnace No. 2 in January 2020. This decision was cfor the continuation of the negotiations on the future of the steel mill.
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Lakshmi Mittal was reported in January 2020 to propose investment in a research and development centre in Bangalore (Karnataka) to conduct research on various forms of steel usage.
February 2020 request from Government of Odisha came soon after ArcelorMittal-Nippon's acqusition of Essar Steel. This request was a revival of previous plans - Essar Steel had in 2005 signed an MoU with the Odisha government to build a 3 mt / year steel plant in Paradip.
The decision to idle blast furnace #4 at Indiana Harbor followed the decision by local automakers to shut down their manufacturing plants. Some 50% of the business from the Indiana Harbor steel mill comes from the automotive sector.
Mid-2020 press reports indicated that ArcelorMittal was considering the sale of infrastructure assets that service its 24m-tonnes-a-year Mont-Wright iron ore mine in Quebec, in order to strengthen its balance sheet.
Mittal's June 2020 announcement regarding the proposed Rs 2000 crore investment was thought to relate to the development of two iron ore mines- Sagasahi and Thakurani in Odisha. ArcelorMittal acquired the Thakurani iron ore mine in an auction earlier in 2020. The Sagasahi iron ore block was acquired by the Essar Group in 2016.
With the purchase of ArcelorMittal USA and subsidiaries, Cleveland Cliffs became the largest flat-rolled steel producer in North America, with total shipments of approximately 17 million net tons. The purchase prices was approx US$1.4 billion. The purpose of the divestment was to help ArcelorMittal to reduce group debt and thus strengthen its balance sheet. [Note that Cleveland-Cliffs completed the acquisition of Ohio-based AK Steel in March 2020].
October 2020 announcement of Krakow front end closures also stated that coke-making and steel rolling (as well as hot dip galvanising and organic coating) operations would continue; and that slab feedstock for Krakow would be sourced from Dabrowa Gornicza. Restructuring of the Polish operations was attributed to reduced steel demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.