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World Expo 2010: ArcelorMittal celebrates the official opening of the Luxembourg Pavilion in Shanghai

World Expo 2010: ArcelorMittal celebrates the official opening of the Luxembourg Pavilion in Shanghai

On 28 April 2010, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg celebrated in Shanghai the official opening of the Luxembourg Pavilion at the World Expo 2010. With this ceremony, Luxembourg marks the successful completion of the construction work and the start of one of the world's greatest international events.

ArcelorMittal provided Corten steel for the Luxembourg pavilion to embody the 2010 Shanghai Expo theme, 'Better City Better Life'. The steel used in the Luxembourg pavilion will be 100% recycled after completion of the Expo. The skin of the pavilion is made of 4 mm Corten steel manufactured by ArcelorMittal. Corten steel was developed to obviate the need for painting and form a stable rust-like appearance if exposed to the weather for several years. Buildings with Corten skin do not need any protecting paint or maintenance for more than 80 years.

Michel Wurth, member of the Group Management Board (GMB) and Luxembourg CEO said: "I would like to congratulate China and Luxembourg with today's successful inauguration of the Luxembourg pavilion at the World Expo 2010. The Expo symbolizes the exchange of ideas and development of the world economy, culture, science and technology. We are honored that ArcelorMittal could again be involved this time and donate the steel for the construction of this bold architectural project. In this impressive Luxembourg castle, visitors will discover how steel has been a vital component to the country and is used as safe sustainable construction material for the 21st century."

Photo caption: The Gëlle Fra, Luxembourg's symbol of peace has been put up in front of the Pavilion in Shanghai / Picture: World Expo 2010

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