A change of corporate culture at the Cruzeiro unit

Did you know that…

… Engesa, created in 1958, was a famous producer of tanks and armored cars for the Brazilian Army and other armed forces around the world. Engesa’s acquisition of FNV in 1983 was part of the company’s plan to place more emphasis on the civilian sector, so it began developing chassis for off-road vehicles.    

Considered “of national security interest” by the Brazilian military dictatorship, Engesa’s management structure was centralized and bloated, and the company displayed little focus on results. When Iochpe-Maxion bought FNV in 1990, one of the biggest challenges facing its modernization was to introduce swifter, more modern administrative methods, decentralize the operational activities, and apply a broader strategic vision at the plant by inaugurating a new corporate culture.