Business & Industry

May 1, 2015

Global mining for global needs

Rio Tinto is a leading global mining group that focuses on finding, mining and processing the Earth's mineral resources. Since 1883, the company has expanded from a open-pit mine in Spain to a worldwide consortium of companies wich help the world to grow, always keeping an eye on environment.


Rio Tinto's 60,000-strong workforce, across more than 40 countries, pulls together as a powerful team committed to getting the best out of all operations. Their safety is always first concern for the company wich also fosters a culture of innovation, where people are proud to achieve and are always learning.

With headquarters in the UK, the Rio Tinto Group comprises Rio Tinto plc – a London and New York Stock Exchange listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited – which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. The company is strongly represented in Australia and North America, and also have significant businesses in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America.

Rio Tinto was born in 1883, when a group of british and european investors gathered to reopen ancient copper mines in southern Spain, along the shores of the Tinto River, close to the city of Huelva. Since then, Rio Tinto has expanded into a global conglomerate of companies.

This global presence, and Rio Tinto's expertise in technology and marketing, allows to supply the right product, at the right quality, at the right time.

The company's mining sites include open pit and underground mines, mills, refineries, smelters and power stations – including a significant hydropower portfolio – as well as a number of research and service facilities. Rio Tinto also owns and operates infrastructures that take its products to customers, including railways, ports and ships.

Products that make modern life work

With a diverse portfolio, Rio Tinto supplies the metals and minerals that help the world to grow.

Its major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, gold, industrial minerals (borates, titanium dioxide and salt), iron ore, thermal and metallurgical coal and uranium.

Metals and minerals are transformed into end-products that contribute to higher living standards and economic development. The company is proud to be present at every point in the development cycle, from the iron ore that builds the fundamental infrastructure of our cities, to the copper and borates in the smartphones that keep us connected.

Construction, communication, recreation, transport, healthcare and renewable energy: all these industries, and many more, rely on the supply of the metals and minerals we produce.

Sustainable development

For more than 140 years, Rio Tinto has been unlocking the wealth held in the Earth's mineral resources, generating value for its shareholders in the process, in line with the company's strategy. The nature of the business means that operations often last for many decades. Some of the mines have already been in operation and generating value for more than a century.

The company's vision is to be admired and respected for delivering superior value, as the industry's most trusted partner. Its operations give the opportunity to create mutual benefit with the communities, regions and countries in which Rio Tinto is present, where metals and minerals are transformed into end products that contribute to higher living standards.

The company prides itself of always looking for new answers to the complex global and local challenges we face, which include resource scarcity, climate change, community employment and regional economic development. These challenges are perceived as opportunities to advance the company's reputation and create value for its business, shareholders and the people who work alongside. To achieve sustainable development goals, Rio Tinto works hand-in-hand with its partners and communities on the ground, where it matters most.

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