São Paulo International Airport - Credit: Objectivo Foto Studio


To alleviate the Via Dutra, the highway with the heaviest traffic flows in the country, the São Paulo state government decides to build the Rodovia dos Trabalhadores (SP-070), today, the Ayrton Senna Highway. From May 1980 to the same month in 1982, Camargo Corrêa undertakes complete civil construction work along a 12.3-kilometer stretch.

The old dream of providing the state capital with an airport matching the importance of the city leaves the drawing board in August of 1980. Camargo Corrêa leads the consortium for the construction of the Cumbica International Airport in Guarulhos (SP), unveiled on January 20 1985.


Camargo Corrêa diversifies its activities by acquiring stakes in São Paulo Alpargatas and Alcoa. Two years later, it becomes a member of the controlling shareholding group of Alcoa.


Camargo Corrêa works on the modernization of the Port of Santos, the largest in Latin America.

In May, Alcoa’s Industrial Alumar Complex in São Luís (MA) begins operations. Work on expanding the business, one of the largest producers of aluminum and alumina in the world, begins the same year.


With the North-South and East-West lines already in its portfolio, Camargo Corrêa participates in the construction of the Paulista Line of the São Paulo subway system until 1991.


Work on the Jânio Quadros and Sebastião Camargo tunnels in São Paulo is begun. Inaugurated in the following decade, Camargo Corrêa participates in the construction of both.


On June 1, engineer Werner Schimidt Rehder replaces Sebastião Camargo as Chairman of Camargo Corrêa.

The Arabian horses of Sebastião Camargo’s Morro Vermelho Stud Farm are the stars of a publicity campaign comprising 20 films, all aired at peak viewing times on TV as well as appearing in magazine advertisements.