Metal Ar: Leading Company in the Brazilian Mining Services and Equipment Market
Metal Ar was founded in 1967, initially as a company leasing pneumatic mining equipment, and is now a leader in the Brazilian market of pneumatic and hydraulic mining equipment and services, mining and excavating millions of tonnes of rock every year.
The company has just been named for the seventh year running “The best company to work for” by Voce S.A Exame, which analyses 150 companies in Brazil every year. Employees surveyed stated that the company offers excellent salaries and there is good communication between company owners and staff.
In 1988, Metal Ar was awarded its first contract for rock drilling with the company Serrana S.A. The company really made a name for itself as a pioneering business as it was the first company in Brazil to import state of the art machinery and equipment from Europe in 1989. In fact, Metal Ar was the first company to introduce hydraulic drills to Brazil. Metal Ar purchases much of the equipment it uses from the international, renowned company Atlas Copco. By using the latest state of the art technology Metal Ar is able to increase efficiency, productivity and safety. The company prides itself on its transparency, serious commitment and continual search for improvement; always looking for the best technology suitable for each project, thus achieving the best possible cost to benefit ratio and consequently customer satisfaction.
The directors of Metal Ar, Paulo Dias and Celso Eduardo Mazzetti, later decided to diversify the services offered by their company and with this entrepreneurial spirit, Metal Ar became the first company to outsource drilling, maintenance, operation and loading services under partial or complete contract. In 1994, Metal Ar outsourced its services for the first time to the company Camargo Correa Cimentos S.A.
The company has been involved in contracts with partners Bunge Fertilizantes (now Vale Fertiizantes), for the removal of millions of tonnes of rock per year in the state of Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais and Goias. They also work with companies such as Copebras, Votorantin and Camargo (now Intercement) in the states of Mato Grosso do Sul, Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais and Alagoas. As well as offering drilling services, Metal Ar also offers loading and transport services.
Metal Ar strives for the best possible quality and consequently was one of the first companies in its sector to receive the ISO 9000 certification for hydraulic drilling, excavation, loading and transportation. The company is continually investing in the latest and best equipment and technology, such as the Smartmine 3D real time mapping system that helps to maintain optimum efficiency in the operation of their mines.
Metal Ar is proud of its ethical, transparent working environment and philosophy. It prioritises employee satisfaction through excellent working conditions. The company has just been named for the seventh year running “The best company to work for” by Voce S.A Exame, which analyses 150 companies in Brazil every year. Employees surveyed stated that the company offers excellent salaries and there is good communication between company owners and staff. This is a real source of satisfaction and pride for the company as it is something that they have always strived for.
Metal Ar currently employs around 600 workers and is committed to employee development, training and safety. The staff is highly trained by Metal Ar and Atlas Copco in both operating and maintaining state of the art machinery and equipment used by the company.
In 2001, the company created the Metal Ar Association, which is an educational program for the company´s employees and their children, developing manual, digital and human skills. A whole variety of activities, both educational and cultural, are offered to the employees’ children, supplementary to their usual school education. The program currently benefits around 300 young people, helping to develop these new young talents and promote social culture and collective spirit. As well as Metal Ar’s commitment to employee development and training, they also offer health and dental programs, and financial support for further study.
Metal Ar is a leading company in a highly competitive market. The company’s success is due to a combination of factors: the entrepreneurial and pioneering spirit of its directors, its state of the art drilling, excavation, loading and transportation technology and its commitment to corporate social responsibility.
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