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Copebrás - Companhia Petroquímica Brasileira (Brazilian Petrochemical Company) is founded, with the beginning of the production of carbon black in Cubatão (SP).

1955
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Copebras starts producing sulfuric acid and low concentration phosphate fertilizers.

1966
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Catalão Mining begins its activities at the niobium mine, in Ouvidor (GO).

1976
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The first ferroniobium alloy of Catalão Mining is produced, at the metallurgical plant of Catalão (GO).

1977
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Copebras starts the production of phosphate fertilizers in Catalão (GO).

1984
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Catalão Minin, begins the operation and recovery of pyrochlore at the Boa Vista mine, in Catalão (GO).

1999
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Copebras inaugurates its fertilizer granulation plant in Catalão (GO).

2000
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The biggest project of Copebras, the fertilizers and phosphates chemical-mining complex in Catalão (GO), is inaugurated. The company also started the production of Copephos - dicalcium phosphate (DCP) used as nutritional complement in animal feed production.

2003
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Anglo American, parent company of Copebras and Catalão Mining, starts the Boa Vista Fresh Rock Project (BVFR), which allows the processing of non-oxidized ore found in the Boa Vista mine rock, in Catalão (GO).

2014
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CMOC International acquires Anglo American's niobium and phosphate operations in Brazil. Operating as CMOC Brazil, the company rescues the Copebras brand for the phosphate operation and creates the Niobras brand for the niobium business.

2016
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Niobras, the company responsible for the niobium processing of CMOC Brazil, reaches the record of 31.41 tons of niobium produced in one day, surpassing the daily target of 25.5 tons. In September of the same year the operation also recorded the highest monthly production volume ever reached of 757 tons.

2017