Alstom in Brazil

About us

Present in Brazil over 58 years, Alstom has been participating in the development of the country’s infrastructure, contributing to the social progress and respecting the environment.

We rely on a team with more than 5,500 employees, 13 units installed and two under construction, sales of R$ 3,1 billion and orders received worth of R$6 billion (between April 1st, 2013 and March 31st, 2014).

 In the rail transport sector, our contribution is attested with products and services in most passenger operators, such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and Brasília Metro.

In the power generation sector, it is participating in large hydro projects, such as Santo Antônio, Jirau and Belo Monte. It is also present, with its products and services, in Itaipu and Tucuruí hydro plants, the TermoBahia and TermoRio thermal plants, wind power and in the industrial market, with environmental control systems.

The transmission sector is recognized as HV technology, energy efficiency and turnkey solutions (AC, DC and FACTS) top provider in Brazil with global excellence centres in instrument transformers and shunt reactors, and has important references on turnkey projects.


President's message

“In the sectors in which we operate, we are recognized as leaders, and want to reinforce this position day after day”

With over 96 thousand employees in 100 countries, Alstom Group is worldwide leader in infrastructure for power transmission and generation and rail transport.

The company builds the fastest trains and the automated metros with greatest capacity in the world, and also supplies integrated plants for power generation, associated services for different sources of energy, such as hydroelectricity, gas, coal, nuclear and wind, and also develops equipment in ultrahigh voltage, direct current interconnections, in addition to the management of electric networks and the integration of renewable sources of energy to the grid.

In Brazil, we participate in the development of the country’s infrastructure, contributing for the social progress and respecting the environment. We are at the forefront of economic, social and environmental progress, therefore our employees have the mission of designing, producing and offering innovative technologies and solutions that meet the needs of our clients in an increasingly efficient way, with social and environmental responsibility.

Here, you’ll learn more about our products, solutions and projects executed by a team that works every day with a focus on contributing for the construction of the future of our country.

                                                                                      Marcos Costa, Alstom Brazil President

Our references

In the Power Sector, we supply about one third of all power-generating equipment in the country. Detailing our participation per business, we can highlight: in Wind, one of the areas with greatest growth among the company’s infrastructure projects, highlight goes to the closing of new and representative orders with clients such as Renova Energia. In Hydro, we have supplied over 100 turbines in the past 10 years and, recently, we opened the first Global Technology Center of Latin America, which will support the development of the Kaplan technology for low-fall hydro plants. Brazil accounts for 45% of the future worldwide Kaplan market for new electric plants. In Thermal Power, we are pioneers in carbon capture technologies and have the most complete portfolio in the thermal technologies industry.

In the Grid sector, we are supplying equipment, assembly supervision and commissioning, as well as assistance in the first year of commercial operation for the world’s largest transmission line (2,386 kilometers), the so-called Linhão Madeira. Moreover, we have made two important acquisitions: Engeman and Reason Tecnologia. Engeman is a national reference in medium and high voltage electrical services, and Reason Tecnologia supplies measurement products and substation automation networks for transmission and distribution (T&D) clients. Both complement the existing portfolio and increase our competitiveness.

In the Transport sector, we were the first rail signaling manufacturer in Brazil. Currently, with the great need for urban mobility and new private projects being bid in the country, we see a strong resumption for the sector. In 2013 we delivered cars for CPTM (Line 11, Expresso Leste), Chennai (India), and for SuperVia. This year, we supplied the first 20 trains for the largest project in Alstom’s history, for suburban trains in South Africa. Moreover, we are investing in a new production line dedicated to LRVs (Light Rail Vehicles) in Taubaté, São Paulo. 

Social Responsibility

Harnessing the strength in diversity

Alstom is committed to discovering and advancing the full potential of the people of this country.

For Alstom, achieving economic equity is a business imperative – not only by ensuring the demographics of its employees reflect that of the country but also by reducing economic inequalities and promoting job creation in its industry.
The future starts now

People, sustainability and the environment are at the heart of Alstom's business. We have pledged our commitment to limiting the impact our activities have on resources, promoting sustainable development and improving the lives of those who come into direct contact with our business.

Everywhere Alstom is located, we work with local communities and collaborate with local partners on sustainable development projects focused on tomorrow's technologies, training, job creation and environmental preservation.

Our corporate and social responsibilities are guided by an understanding that the decisions we make today, will define tomorrow.

In Brazil, Alstom Foundation is supporting two projects this year:

  • Pedala Zezinho: the project encourages children and young people in the outskirts of São Paulo to use bicycle as transportation. Pedaling, and is a healthy practice, does not generate environmentally harmful emissions and can be a source of income, through the maintenance and repair of the same, for young people beginning their careers. The Aromeiazero Institute, responsible for the project is a non-profit, organization that develops socio-educational and cultural projects that, by bike, generating more quality of life for people.
  • Construindo sonhos: the project of Odebrecht Foundation aims to train teenagers to be multipliers of the best practices compatible with sustainable demands. Plan the local growth in a sustainable manner, identifying new techniques to optimize existing natural resources to improve the living conditions of the population.

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Education for work

Financed with local resources 

Pescar Project: The Pescar Project is an initiative that aims to qualify youth in situation of social vulnerability for the first job. It also counts on the important contribution of employees who, as volunteers, collaborate with several activities for the students along the course. At Alstom, the project have already qualified 200 youngsters, with an average inclusion on the labour market above 96%. Year: from 2004 to 2013  (Canoas) / since 2008 (Itajubá). Partner: Projeto Pescar Foundation.

Formare School: Installed at Taubaté (SP) unit, the Formare School offers professional qualification courses for youngsters between 16 and 18 years of age from neighbouring communities. The work is conducted with the support of a group of voluntary employees who contribute for the coordination of the project and the conduction of theoretical and practical classes. In six years, the school has already qualified over 90 people, 34 of them hired by Alstom and the other by local companies. Year: since 2008. Partner: Ioschpe Foundation.

Guaporé Project: Conceived by IMMA, a joint venture between Alstom and Bardella, to offer people from the region of Porto Velho (RO), for free, an opportunity to qualify for new professions in the metallurgy industrial market. In five years, the project qualified over 700 participants as boiler operators, welders, painting operators, machine tools and blasting machine operators. Of these, 450 people were hired by IMMA. Year: 2008 to 2012. Partner: SENAI/Rondônia.



Supported by Alstom Foundation 

Atlantic Forest Restoration: A project turned to the recovery of ecological corridors of the Atlantic Forest in the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. It also promotes the strengthening of the Pact for the Restoration of the Atlantic Forest, a network of agencies and companies for the preservation of this important Brazilian biome, whose goal is to recover 15 million hectares by 2050. Year: since 2009. Partner: Conservation International. 

Alternative sewage treatment system: Project to make feasible the construction of sewage treatment systems at Vale do Paraíba region, state of São Paulo, from alternative and low-cost technology. Year: 2009 and 2010. Partners: University of Taubaté (UNITAU), Rotary Club Taubaté Jacques Felix and local governments of Taubaté and Redenção da Serra. 

Deputado Augusto do Amaral Eco-School: Dedicated to environmental education, the project turned a public school in the city of São Paulo into a sustainable school model. The work included several activities, such as: hands-on workshops for intervention at the school’s installations and theoretical classes turned to environmental themes. Year: 2009 and 2010.


Supported through the tax incentive of Rouanet Law (clause 18)* 

Na Trilha da Energia: Sponsoring of the “Na Trilha da Energia” documentary series, turned to the theme of electric power in Brazil. The five episodes, in roadmovie format, compose the itinerary of the long trip of Luciano Gatti, who crosses the country to present power generation, transmission and distribution processes. Along the way, he answers questions of the population on the theme and interacts with people linked to each of the steps. Directed and written by Malu Tavares and Larissa Prado, the show is produced by Canal Azul and will be aired by Cultura TV, in 26-minute episodes. 
Brazilian Symphony Orchestra - OSB: For two years, Alstom supported the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in the conduction of the Safira and Ônix series, with presentations at Sala São Paulo and the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro. OSB became a pioneer in the national music scene for the being the first one to do tour, outdoor presentations, educational concerts and international shows. Year: 2010 and 2012.
Ophélie Gaillard et Pulcinella: Sponsoring of the Baroque music concert series, with renowned French-Swiss violoncellist Ophélie Gaillard and French group Pulcinella in several Brazilian cities. The project was promoted by Aliança Francesa and the Ministry of Culture. Year: 2012. 

Academia Jovem Concertante: Sponsoring of the first tour of Academia Jovem Concertante for seven Brazilian cities. The project, conceived by pianist Simone Leitão, is made up of 21 youngsters between 16 and 26 years old, coming from music schools and social inclusion projects. It gives young musicians the opportunity to develop their musical career through the experience in an orchestra. Year: 2012. 

Itajubense Culture and Art Festival: Sponsoring of the second edition of the Itajubense Culture and Art Festival (FICA), in Itajubá (MG). The event, held by the Federal University of Itajubá (UNIFEI), has the participation of artists from the region and other places of Brazil in music, theater, dance and artistic performances and workshops. Year: 2012.  

O trem, o vagão e a moça de luvas: Sponsoring of the play “O trem, o vagão e a moça de luvas”, showing in São Paulo. Directed by Renato Rocha and written by Xico Abreu, staged by actors Flávia Pyramo and Babú Santana, who tell the story of lonely Ana and weird Ernesto, who embark on the same train car. Year: 2012. 

Alternative Power Documentary: Sponsoring for the conduction of Brazilian documentary Alternative Power, made by producer Canal Azul. Directed by Pierre-Olivier François and Lygia Barbosa, it focuses on the production of ethanol fuel in Brazil since the 70s. Year: 2012. 

Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival (LABRFF): Sponsoring of the Brazilian film festival in Los Angeles, California (USA). Created in 2007, LABRFF was the first event dedicated to national films on the United States west coast, and dedicates to showing national movies, as well as to the development of relations between Brazilian producers and members of the US movie industry. Year: 2012. 

Filhos do Vento Project: Sponsoring of the production of the iconographic survey of the daily life of the Brotas de Macaúbas community, at Chapada Diamantina, municipality chosen for the installation, by Desenvix, of the first wind farm of the state of Bahia. The results were recorded on book “Filhos do Vento”, with 90 black-and-white photos made by photographer Fabio Cabral, and a digigravure catalogue by plastic artist Beth Kok. Year: 2011. 

Rio Folle Journée: Created by René Martin in 1995, the Folle Journée classical music festival debuted in the French city of Nantes and is considered one of the most important in Europe. It features short concerts with tickets at accessible prices. It takes place annually in its home town and also in Bilbao (Spain), Tokyo (Japan), Lisbon (Portugal) and, since 2007, in Rio de Janeiro, where it is called Rio Folle Journée. Year: 2007 to 2010. 

Dr. Plástico: Sponsoring of presentations of play “Dr. Plástico: Batucando com os Polímeros” for middle school students from the public network of the State of São Paulo. On the play, produced by Cia. Tugudum, children find out the importance of recycling and reusing plastic in a fun way, through music and theater. In all, eleven schools participate in the project, totaling over 4,500 viewers.Year: 2009. 

 Supported through Fundo para a Infância e Adolescência (FIA)** 

Presidente Tancredo Neves Rural Family House (BA): Project conducted by Odebrecht Foundation and supported by tax incentive from the Fund for Children and Adolescents (FIA). The Rural Family House offers professional qualification to youngsters from the rural area of southern Bahia, stimulating them to continue to work on family agriculture. The project has already qualified 116 people, and 136 are currently being qualified. Year: 2012. 

Trilhando Caminhos: Project supported by tax incentive from the Fund for Children and Adolescents (FIA). The Trilhando Caminhos project promotes social and educational actions for teenagers from the municipality of Tancredo Neves, in southern Bahia, offering participants personal, social and professional education in an integrated way. The initiative is part of the Tributo ao Futuro program, by Odebrecht Foundation. Year: 2011. 

*The Federal Law of Culture Incentive (Law No. 8.313, of December 23, 1991), also known as Rouanet Law, is an incentive law to companies and individuals interested in financing cultural projects. Among other benefits, it allows for income tax deductions of up to 100% of the sum invested in projects.

** Fundos de solidariedade para a Infância e Adolescência - FIA (Law No. 8.069/1990), are technical bodies whose function is to standardize, deploy and implement the policies of guarantees of rights of children and adolescents, and that aims to capture and apply resources for the actions of attending this public. The main source of income of the Funds are allocated from income tax.

Almost 60 years of industrial presence in Brazil

1945 – Creation of Companhia Hidrelétrica do São Francisco (Chesf)

1949 – Construction of Paulo Afonso Hydro Plant

1950 – Getúlio Vargas is elected President

1952 – Creation of CEMIG and BNDES

1954 – Bill of law proposing the creation of Eletrobrás is forwarded to the Congress

1955 – Official inauguration of Paulo Afonso Hydro Plant; Schneider Group becomes the main shareholder of Mecânica Pesada (MEP).

1957 – Creation of Central Elétrica de Furnas, and Mecânica Pesada receives its first order.

1960 – Direction of Schneider Group is divided between Liliane Schneider and board members; supply of equipment to Chesf and Cemig; operation of Camargos hydro plant.

1962 – Creation of Eletrobrás and operation of Três Marias plant.

1968 – Installation of the 1st turbine manufactured by Mecânica Pesada

1972 – Association between the rail arm of Schneider and Alsthom-Atlantique, forming Empresa de Tração Elétrica.

1975 – Alstom supplies the first pieces of equipment to Itaipu.

1979 – Mecânica Pesada is elected company of the year by Exame magazine

1984 – Inauguration of Itaipu and Tucuruí plants

1985 – Direction of Alsthom Group visits Taubaté unit, shows interest in having a share at Mecânica Pesada, and acquires it.

1988 – Alsthom joins General Electric Company and establishes GEC Alsthom. Creation of GEC Alsthom Mecânica Pesada.

1991 – GEC Alsthom starts to invest in the service sector and begins a process to acquire companies, such as Promentec, which gives birth to GEC Alsthom Serviços Mecânicos, increasing exports.

1992 – Companies in the electric sector begin to be publicly traded.

1995 – With the Real Plan, the new government promises greater opening of the infrastructure sector. GEC Alsthom prepares to enter the transport sector; with the purchase of 60% of Cobrel Maquip Westinghouse Equipamentos S.A CMW, the group starts activities in the metro-rail signaling sector.

1997 – GEC Alsthom assumes 100% of CMW’s capital and starts operations to manufacture stainless steel metro cars in Lapa, where the old Mafersa used to be located.

1998 – Companies in the group have their names changed to Alstom, entering the main stock markets.

1999 – Creation of ABB Alstom Power Brasil; acquisition of ER Equipamentos Elétricos.

2000 - Acquisition of Ansaldo Coemsa S.A in Canoas (RS) to expand the sectors Transmission & Distribution and Power.

2004 - Alstom sells its Transmission and Distribution activities to Areva. Information Solutions division wins the award of Revista Ferroviária magazine as the best creator of technology.

2005 - In July, Alstom celebrates 50 years of operations in Brazil.

2006 – 2009: Acquisition of de Ritz High Voltage, VEI, Nokian Capacitors, Nxtphase, RB Watkins, and Powermann.

2007 - To integrate the Energy and Transport sectors, Alstom opens a new commercial complex, the Bandeirantes unit.

2008 - Alstom wins the contract to supply equipment to the hydro plants of Madeira River. Bulb turbines of the type supplied to Santo Antonio and Jirau projects will be the most powerful ever produced by the group in Brazil.

2009 - Alstom and Schneider Electric propose the acquisition of Areva T&D. Alstom wins the contract for the world’s largest transmission line, with a total length of 2,375 kilometers, connecting Madeira River to the Southeast.

2010 - Alstom and Bardella inaugurate a plant in Porto Velho, IMMA.Alstom wins the first contract in the Brazilian wind market. Alstom acquires the transmission activity of Areva T&D, creating the Grid sector.

2011 - Alstom signs the contract for the supply of equipment to Belo Monte plant, the third largest hydro plant in the world. Alstom inaugurates its first wind turbine factory in Brazil and Latin America (9 units in Brazil)

2012 - Alstom lays the foundation stone of its first Global Technology Center in Latin America. Company announces the second unit of the wind sector in Brazil and the second unit of metro-rail transport (Rio de Janeiro).

2013 - Alstom Brazil and Renova Energia announce the largest partnership for the onshore wind market in the world.

2014 - acquisition of a Brazilian company Reason Tecnologia S.A. - a Florianópolis-based provider of measurement and substation automation network products for transmission and distribution (T&D) customers.

  • Inauguration of the first Global Technology Center in Latin America.
  • The Board of Directors of Alstom decided unanimously to issue a positive recommendation for the provision of GE to acquire the business of generation and transmission of energy.

Alstom Brazil