The origins of Votorantim go back to 1918, when the Portuguese immigrant Antonio Pereira Ignacio bought a textile factory in the interior of São Paulo, in the region of Sorocaba. The factory was one of the largest in the country and part of the bankruptcy assets of a bank.
In 1925, the daughter of Pereira Ignacio marries José Ermírio de Moraes, who even as a member of a traditional family of sugar mills in Pernambuco, he graduated as an engineer from the Colorado School of Mines in the USA. That same year, José Ermírio assumed the position of managing director of Votorantim.
Since the 1930s, under the leadership of José Ermírio de Moraes, despite the worldwide depression caused by the collapse of stock-market prices on the New York Stock Exchange, Votorantim invested in the diversification of its business, consolidating its role as a leading agent of industrialization in Brazil, starting to act in relevant sectors of the real economy.
1936 - Cement
Inaugurated the Santa Helena cement plant in Sorocaba, in order to exploit the limestone deposits around the region. The plant produces the cement under Votoran brand. Votorantim Cimentos is currently the largest producer in the country and is present in 13 countries.
1937 - Steel
Votorantim entered steel production when it set up the Barra Mansa Steel Mill (RJ), one of the largest steel producers in the country. Currently, Barra Mansa is one of five Votorantim Siderurgia production units located in Brazil, Colombia and Argentina.
1955 - Aluminum
In the 1950s, Votorantim entered aluminum market. The construction of the Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio (CBA) plant in the interior of São Paulo also represented the consolidation of Votorantim's presence in power generation. In order to ensure the necessary power supply, the company started the construction of hydroelectric plants in Juquiá River basin in Vale do Ribeira (SP). In addition to the seven plants that are now part of the Juquiá Complex, Votorantim currently owns 33 power plants.
To ensure the water supply to the Ribeira Valley mills, Votorantim acquired the land surrounding the rivers to the springs, covering an area of 31 thousand hectares of native Atlantic rainforest preserved for more than 50 years, which would give rise, in 2012, to the Legado das Águas (Water Legacy).
1969 - Zinc
The decade of the 1960s marked Votorantim’s entry into zinc production. The Três Marias (MG) refinery starts its operation in 1969, using the treated ore from Vazante (MG) unit. Currently, Votorantim Metais Holding manages the zinc production units in Brazil and Peru.
1988 - Pulp
Votorantim enters the pulp sector with the creation of Votorantim Celulose e Papel (VCP), the consolidation of companies of the sector acquired by the company. It was Votorantim's first publicly traded company. In 2009, the merger with Aracruz Celulose gave rise to Fibria, the world's largest producer of market pulp.
1989 - Orange
In 1989, Votorantim entered the orange juice sector, with the creation of Citrovita. In 2010, Votorantim announced the merger of Citrovita with Citrosuco, a company of the Fischer Group, adopting the name of Citrosuco and becoming the world's largest producer of orange juice.
1991 - Bank
Votorantim starts operating in the financial sector in 1991, by opening to the public its financial services with Banco Votorantim, which is one of the largest private banks in Brazil.
1996 - Energy
As one of the largest energy self-producers in the private sector, the company creates Votorantim Energia, which currently manages 33 company-owned hydroelectric power plants. In 2015, Votorantim announces its entry into the wind power market with the construction of a wind farm in the Northeast of Brazil, expanding its operations to the market, becoming the third largest power trader in the country.
2001 - Internationalization
The acquisition of St Marys Cement in Canada marks the beginning of Votorantim's internationalization and gives rise to Votorantim Cimentos North America (VCNA). Currently, Votorantim has operations in more than 20 countries, in the various markets it serves.
2002 – Votorantim Institute
The Votorantim Institute is created with the purpose of managing the company's private social investment, defining the guidelines and operation focus of Votorantim companies. Over the years, the Institute has developed expertise in social technologies that contribute to the development of communities, generation of job and income opportunities, improvement of education and improvement of the public management of the cities where the company operates.
2004 – Shared Solutions Center
The Shared Solutions Center (CSC) is created in Curitiba (PR) to become a center of excellence in performing administrative support tasks for Votorantim's operations. The CSC seeks to optimize costs and operational processes and contributes with solutions that ensure quality, independence, standardization and gains in scale and synergies to Votorantim companies. In 2015, a CSC operation in Lima (Peru) was established to serve the company's operations in Latin America.
2005 – Academy of Excellence
The Academy of Excellence is created, a corporate university of Votorantim. With more than 5 thousand participations in the year, the Academy empowers employees and contributes to a solidification of culture and DNA, in addition to developing a high-performance culture in Votorantim and supporting to build the future of the organization.
2007 – Competence Center in IT
The Competence Center in Information Technology (CCTI) is created to seek synergies, generate gains in scale in the IT management of companies, and optimize the contract management in the area of technology. Acting as a business partner for companies, CCTI provides customized solutions for Votorantim companies and ensures efficiency in the processes with the standardization of systems adopted in the company. The center of excellence has several certifications and is one of the largest operations of integrated management systems (ERP) in the country.
2012 – Legado das Águas (Water Legacy)
The largest reserve on private property within the Atlantic rainforest, with 31,000 hectares protected by Votorantim for more than 50 years in the Vale do Ribeira region. The Legado das Águas (Water Legacy) is a pioneering project that provides the sustainable use of forest and ecosystem resources, generating knowledge through scientific research and promoting the development of local communities.