Companhia Brasileira de Projectos
When CSN - Companhia Sider˙rgica Nacional (the first Brazilian coke
based still mill) was established, there was no qualified engineering
companies in Brazil to promote construction of the plant in Volta Redonda.
All the necessary engineering services were contracted abroad.
CSN, just from the beginning, wanted to absorbing the tecnhology of
industrial projects, and decided that an expressive part of necessary
engineering projects for further expections of the plant, were to be
developed in Brazil by Brazilian specialists.
Hence, CSN engaged internally several groups of its own tecnicians in
activities of engineering design and planning.
Later by the time of the first expansion plan, these groups were put
together and became a single area of studies and projects called the
Engineering Directorate of CSN.
Part of the results achieved with the tecnology transfer were allocated into
an independent subsidiary company with the purpose of rendering engineering
services. This was possible due to CSN's experience in cooperation with
foreign companies. The demand for engineering companies went hand in hand
with the strategy of the Brazilian government of that time to develop the
Brazilian steelmaking industry. Hence in January 1963 it was created the
Companhia Brasileira de Projectos Industriais - COBRAPI (Brazilian
Company of industrial Projects).
In the 70's and 80's COBRAPI amplified the scope of its services,
completed its qualifications and consolidated its proficiency in serving the
global engineering needs of industrial processing and technical assistance
to the industries. In the 80's, COBRAPI's shareholding control was
transferred to SIDERBR┴S, state holding of the sector. In 1990, the company
was privatized, through the sale of the controlling stockholder's shares to