In South Africa we have a majority share (c.70%) in Kumba Iron Ore, a global leader in the seaborne lump and fine ore markets. We export via the port of Saldanha Bay to China, Europe, Japan and South Korea. With Kumba, we’re well positioned to supply the growing Asia-Pacific and European steel markets.
In Brazil, we’ve developed the integrated Minas-Rio operation, which supplies iron ore pellet feed products that boast an unusually high iron content (c.67%) and very low levels of contaminants. First ore on ship was achieved in October 2014, ahead of schedule. Ore is carried from the mine to the port along a 529-kilometre pipeline.
Samancor Holdings is the world’s largest producer of manganese ore and among the top global producers of manganese alloy.We hold a 40% interest in Samancor through a joint venture with BHP Biliton.