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ArcelorMittal : 112 years of the Luxembourg steel industry

In 2023, ArcelorMittal celebrates 112 years of history and innovation in the Luxembourg steel industry. A centenary of steel that has genuinely shaped the country. The company still employs 3660 persons in Luxembourg and posted big profits last year.


A new era

The year, 1911, marked a new era for Luxembourg, with the true beginnings of the modern steel industry. At that time, the early Luxembourg steel industries were entering a phase of consolidation. By deciding to expand their businesses, the country’s steel manufacturers learned very early how to adapt to a changing world. The Société des Hauts-Fourneaux et Aciéries de Differdange (HADIR) came into being in 1920. Later, the merger of the Aciéries Réunies de Burbach Eich Dudelange gave birth to ARBED.

Continually adapting

At the celebration of the centenary in 2011, Michel Wurth, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ArcelorMittal Luxembourg, commented that “nowhere else has the steel industry played such an important role during the past century, then in our little country. Steel and mining have shaped the land, enriched the country, and given work to thousands of immigrants. It has enabled agriculture to develop and has contributed to our model of social protection and dialogue.” Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of ArcelorMittal, added: “If we keep adapting, I am convinced that the steel industry will continue to be the pride and strength of Luxembourg".

A world leader

ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading integrated steel and mining company, has a clients in over 155 countries. The Group is the leader in all the principal global steel markets, including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging. Its industrial footprint, in over 16 countries on four continents, gives it a presence in all the key steel markets, in emerging and developed economies. In 2021, ArcelorMittal employed 158.000 people in the world, producing 69.1 million tonnes of crude steel. 

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