First forge at Forges de ClabecqFirst forge at Clabecq (authorized by the Queen Maria Theresa of Hungary and Bohemia)
Clabecq was saved from the bankrupcyAs the forge had financial problems, Edouard Goffin decided to take it over to avoid the bankruptcy.
Creation of the 'Usines Gustave Boël, currently NLMK La Louvière
Foundation of ‘Forges de Strasbourg’
The mill ‘Gustave Boël’ invests in a blast furnaceThe Belgian mill, in search of an integrated production, makes a big investment in a blast furnace.
Foundation of ‘Det Danske Stålvalseværk’
Forges de Strasbourg change its name into ‘Laminoirs de Strasbourg’
Clabecq faces oil crisisHigh increase of raw materials due the oil crisis and steel demand decline at Clabecq.
Usinor acquired ‘Laminoirs de Strasbourg’
Strikes at ClabecqThe first of numerous strikes started in November.
'Forges de Clabecq' is declared bankrupt
Big changes in the Belgian steel industryThe Italo-Swiss trader Duferco acquired some of Clabecq’s assets. La Louviere was merged by the Dutch group Hoogovens and then placed under legal composition.
The production resumes at Clabecq under the name 'Duferco Clabecq'
Duferco group acquires La LouviereDuferco took over the company and changed its name to 'Duferco La Louvière'.
Duferco acquired 2 French millsAcquisition by Duferco of 2 French mills (in Beautor and in Sorral) to win market share in the automotive industry.
NLMK International acquires a part of ‘Det Danske Stålvalseværk’NLMK International BV acquired a part of the Danish company’s assets and founded DanSteel A/S.
Favourable year for acquisitionsFoundation of Acciaierie Grigoli S.p.a. The new Veronese plant produced thick plates of high quality. The production capacity could exceed 300 thousands tonnes a year. The company, based in Vallese di Oppeano, is born after the sale of some assets of ‘Valsider the Leman’ (Switzerland) to the Grigoli family.
Duferco takes over ‘Acciaierie Grigoli S.p.a’The trading company gives a new name to the Veronese mill: ‘Verona Steel’.
NLMK and Duferco Group set up a joint venture taking the name ‘SIF’NLMK acquires a stake in some of Duferco’s European production assets, including one steelmaking facility, five rolling mills and a network of steel service centres, both in Europe and in the USA. The JV’s total output of finished products is estimated at 4.5 million tonnes.
New reheating furnace at La Louviere
SIF invests in new lines in its Belgian facilitiesThe joint venture launches the Q&T operations at Clabecq and the new pickling and cold-rolling lines at La Louvière.
NLMK acquires all the shares of SIF held by DufercoNLMK closed a deal to acquire the remaining 50% stake in ‘Steel Invest and Finance’ (SIF) from Duferco Group. SIF becomes a 100% owned subsidiary of NLMK. Following the acquisition, NLMK establishes its new international business divisions, NLMK Europe and NLMK USA, comprising all the assets of the European and American continent
The companies of NLMK in Europe change their name and launch of a new line at NLMK DanSteelNLMK Group rebrands its European mills and service centers. The companies sold by Duferco to NLMK Group change their names to NLMK Clabecq, NLMK La Louvière, NLMK Verona, NLMK DanSteel A/S, NLMK Strasbourg and NLMK Manage Steel Center.
Sogepa acquired a share in Clabecq and La LouviereSOGEPA (Societe Wallonne de Gestion et de Participations S.A.) became a shareholder of NLMK Clabecq and NLMK La Louviere.
Modified stockholding for NLMK Belgium HoldingsNLMK Group and Belgian SOGEPA (Societe Wallonne de Gestion et de Participations S.A.) agree on changes to NLMK Belgium Holdings’ (NBH) ownership structure and governance. The parties signed an agreement increasing SOGEPA’s interest in NBH from 20.5% to 49%.