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26, Avenue Graça Aranha

Rio de Janeiro, RJ




Vale S.A. is engaged in the research, production, and sale of iron ore and pellets, nickel, fertilizer, copper, coal, manganese, ferroalloys, cobalt, platinum group metals, and precious metals. The company operates large logistics systems in Brazil and other regions of the world, including railroads, maritime terminals and ports, which are integrated with its mining operations. In addition, the company has a portfolio of maritime freight assets, floating transfer stations and a distribution center to support the distribution of iron ore worldwide. Directly and through affiliates and joint ventures, the company also has investments in energy and steel businesses. Segments The company’s segments include Bulk Materials, Base metals, Fertilizers, and Logistics Infrastructure. Bulk materials The Bulk Material segment includes the extraction of iron ore and pellet production and logistic (including railroads, ports and terminals) linked to bulk material mining operations. The manganese ore, ferroalloys and coal are also included in this segment. Iron ore and iron ore pellets: The company operates four systems in Brazil for producing and distributing iron ore, which the company refers to as the Northern, Southeastern, Southern and Midwestern Systems. The Northern and the Southeastern Systems are fully integrated, consisting of mines, railroads and a maritime terminal and a port. The Southern System consists of three mining sites and two maritime terminals. It operates 10 pellet plants in Brazil and two in Oman. The company also has a 50% stake in a joint venture that owns three integrated pellet plants in Brazil, and the company has 25% stakes in two pellet companies in China. Manganese and ferroalloys: The company conducts its manganese mining operations through subsidiaries in Brazil, and the company produces several types of manganese ferroalloys through a wholly-owned subsidiary in Brazil. Coal: The company produces metallurgical and thermal coal through Vale Moçambique, S.A. (Vale Moçambique), which operates assets in Mozambique, and Rio Doce Australia Pty Ltd (Vale Australia), which operates coal assets in Australia through wholly-owned subsidiaries and unincorporated joint ventures. In Mozambique, the company is ramping up operations in Moatize, which includes both metallurgical and thermal coal. The company also has minority interests in Chinese coal and coke producers. Base metals The Base metals segment includes the production of non-ferrous minerals, including nickel operations (co-products and by-products) and copper. Nickel: The company’s principal nickel mines and processing operations are conducted by its wholly-owned subsidiary Vale Canada Limited (Vale Canada), which has mining operations in Canada and Indonesia. The company also owns and operates, or has interests in, nickel refining facilities in the United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and China. Copper: In Brazil, the company produces copper concentrates at Sossego and Salobo, in Carajás, in the Brazilian state of Pará. Salobo operations are ramping up. In Canada, the company produces copper concentrates, copper anodes and copper cathodes in conjunction with its nickel mining operations at Sudbury and Voisey's Bay. In Zambia, its joint venture produces copper concentrates at Lubambe, located in the Zambian Copperbelt. Cobalt, platinum group metals and other precious metals: The company produces cobalt as a by-product of its nickel mining and processing operations in Canada, and refines the majority of it at its Port Colborne facilities, in the Province of Ontario, Canada. The company also produces cobalt as a by-product of its nickel operations in New Caledonia, which the company is in the process of ramping up. The company produces PGM as by-products of its nickel mining and processing operations in Canada. The PGMs are concentrated at its Port Colborne facilities and refined at its precious metals refinery in Acton, England. The company produces gold and silver as by-products of its nickel mining and processing operations in Canada, and gold as a by-product of its copper mining in Brazil. Some of the precious me


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