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2 Eastbourne Terrace

London, W2 6LG

United Kingdom

Phone: 44 20 7781 2000

Fax: 44 20 7781 1800

Rio Tinto plc is engaged in finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. The company’s major products include iron ore, aluminium, copper, diamonds, coal, uranium, gold, and industrial minerals (borates, titanium dioxide, and salt). Products Groups The company’s product groups include Aluminium; Copper; Diamonds & Minerals; Energy; and Iron Ore. Aluminium The company’s facilities include bauxite mines, alumina refineries, and various aluminium smelters. Products Bauxite: Bauxite is the natural ore used to make aluminium. It is refined into alumina, which is smelted into aluminium metal. The company’s wholly-owned and joint venture bauxite mines are located in Australia, Brazil, and Guinea. Alumina: Alumina (aluminium oxide) is extracted from bauxite through a refining process. Approximately 4 tonnes of bauxite are required to produce 2 tonnes of alumina, which in turn makes 1 tonne of aluminium metal. The company’s wholly-owned and joint venture alumina refineries are located in Australia, Brazil, and Canada. Aluminium: Aluminium is a modern metal. Its major markets are transportation, machinery, and construction. The company’s smelters are primarily concentrated in Canada. The company also has plants in France, Australia, New Zealand, Cameroon, Iceland, Norway, the U.K., and Oman. Copper The company’s Copper product group is made up of four operating assets and two key development projects. Products Copper: Copper is malleable, resistant to corrosion, hygienic and a conductor of heat and electricity, making it useful in a range of building, construction, and electrical applications. Copper is a metal at the forefront of green innovation. Hybrid and electric cars rely on it, as do renewable energy sources, such as solar power, wind farms, thermal, and hydroelectricity. Copper is known for its antibacterial properties and is used in hospitals and other medical facilities. Gold: The company operates a gold producer. It has interests in two copper-gold mines, such as at Oyu Tolgoi and Grasberg. Silver: Silver is used in various electrical and electronic applications, such as photovoltaic cells, and is the principal ingredient of X-ray film. Silver is also regarded as a precious metal used for investment and in jewellery. Molybdenum: Molybdenum is a metallic element used to produce stainless steel and other metal alloys. Diamonds & Minerals The Diamonds & Minerals product group comprises a suite of demand-led businesses, which include mining, refining, and marketing operations across four sectors. Rio Tinto Diamonds is a diamond producer active in mining, manufacturing, selling, and marketing diamonds. Rio Tinto Minerals (RTM) offers borates, with mines, processing plants, and commercial and research facilities. Dampier Salt Limited (DSL) is a producer of seaborne salt. Rio Tinto Iron & Titanium (RTIT) offers titanium dioxide feedstocks. The Diamonds & Minerals group also includes the Simandou iron ore project in Guinea, an undeveloped iron ore resource in the world. Products Diamonds: The company services both established and emerging markets as it produces the range of diamonds in terms of size, quality, and color distribution. Titanium Dioxide: The minerals ilmenite and rutile, together with titanium dioxide slag, could be transformed into a white titanium dioxide pigment or titanium metal. The white pigment is a key component in paints, plastics, paper, inks, textiles, food, sunscreen, and cosmetics. Borates: Refined borates are used in various products and processes. They are used in glass and ceramic applications, including fibreglass, television screens, floor and wall tiles, and heat-resistant glass. Salt: Salt is a basic raw material for the chemicals industry and is indispensable to a range of automotive, construction, and electronic products, as well as for water treatment, food, and healthcare. Other products include high purity iron, metal powders, and zircon. Energy The company’s Energy product group is a seaborne supplier of thermal and coking coal to the Asian customers and the uranium that it produces is used by electricity provi

 

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