ArcelorMittal has celebrated 125 years of steelmaking in Zenica, marking the occasion with a special event attended by more than 200 dignitaries and guests.
The event, held on 2 November, was hosted by Mr Biju Nair, chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal Zenica, who was joined by senior representatives from ArcelorMittal’s global management.
Among the dignitaries and guests gathered for the occasion, the Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina Fadil Novalić attended (pictured), as well as Miralem Galijašević, the Prime Minister of ZE-DO Canton, and Fuad Kasumović, Mayor of Zenica City.
Commenting, Mr Nair said:
“Thanks to its 125-year history of steelmaking, the city of Zenica has been built around steel. There are very few other steel plants in the world with such a unique history and such a long and distinguished record of overcoming enormous challenges. Through everything, the Zenica team has proved that it’s good enough to overcome every challenge. Life without passion is meaningless: the Zenica team has a great passion to sustain steelmaking in this city.
“Historical memories give the new generation positive energy to build a new future, so we are proud to announce on this special occasion the opening of our renovated museum, which tells the story of steel in Zenica, all the way back to 1892.”
Mr Augustine Kochuparampil, chief executive of ArcelorMittal Europe - Long Products, congratulated the city on its historic achievement on behalf of Mr Lakshmi Mittal, chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal and reaffirmed the company’s commitment to the future.
“We are proudly continuing the long industrial tradition in Zenica, and working together with you all to build a long-term, sustainable future for steelmaking here,” he said.
ArcelorMittal arrived in Zenica in 2004, and since then the company has invested more than 325 million KM (EUR166m) to restart and develop integrated production, which had been closed for many years prior to its arrival.
Investments continue, focusing on environmental performance as well as production facilities.