Gerdau announced that it is undertaking technological and safety updates at Divinópolis plant in Minas Gerais in Brazil. The record investment of BRL 185 million is part of the BRL 6 billion investments package that the Company announced last year for Minas Gerais and will be directed to the modernization and improvement of systems and processes that will have significant impacts on environmental conditions and operational security. The company has been planning for 12 months to carry out projects in the steel shop, blast furnaces and rolling mills. For the renovations, it will be necessary to stop the unit.Eleven projects were designed for the Blast Furnace area, totaling an investment of BRL 121 million, the largest share of the plan, for modernization of three blast furnaces. Blast furnace 2 will have a complete overhaul of the entire structural and refractory system. A partial renovation will be carried out in the refractories of blast furnace 1 and blast furnace 3. The gas washing system of blast furnace 1 will be replaced to improve the safety condition and performance of the operation. Blast furnaces 1 and 2 undergo works to enclose conveyor belts to improve environmental control, reducing wind interference and particulate emissions. The pulverized charcoal injection system will also be renovated of the blast furnace to reuse the fines from the bio reducer in the process. The cooling system will also undergo a structural revitalization.The melt shop will undergo six interventions. One of the novelties will be the installation of a new thermography monitoring system, which allows a full-time analysis of pig iron and steel pans. Cameras enable better planning of equipment maintenance, for example.Another axis of the plan is automation and improvement of lamination performance. A total of seven projects will be implemented. The improvements are aimed at optimizing resources and inputs such as water and energy and ensuring a cleaner process.Gerdau has been present in Divinópolis in Minas Gerais, since 1994 with an integrated plant that combines the blast furnace, melt shop and rolling mill processes. Its main product is rebar used in civil construction. Since its foundation in 1994, the plant has already made several investments in the areas of safety, operational, administrative and environmental safety, reaching a total of BRL 1.6 billion in 2021.