The Gerdau Management System has been in development for several years, always aiming to improve the Company's results through improvements in management methods.
From the early 80s, Gerdau incorporated the concepts and tools of Total Quality into its management, with the aid of Japanese companies. These factors have played a vital role in the achievement of positive results. In the 90s, the Company began to use the method of Management Focused on the Operator, according to which each operator is responsible for managing its process. Another important step came with the arrival of the 21st century, when Gerdau implemented the Six Sigma methodology and the Total Safety System. Six Sigma aims to accomplish challenging strategic goals with ensured financial return, while reducing the variability of processes. The Total Safety System, on the other hand, reinforces the ever-present idea that people’s safety is above anything else. The year of 2002 was a landmark in the history of management at Gerdau. It was then that the GBS – Gerdau Busines System – was created, a system that consolidates and transfers the best practices among operations, through standardized processes.
See other important facts on the evolution of management technologies at Gerdau, below.