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Nickel

Transforming the efficiency of our nickel operations in Brazil

Our business

Our nickel business is well placed to serve the global stainless steel industry, which depends on nickel and drives demand for it.

Our assets are in Brazil, with two ferronickel production sites – Barro Alto and Codemin, in the state of Goiás.

Nickel ore
Our business

The stainless steel industry uses two-thirds of the world’s nickel production and virtually all ferronickel produced each year. The balance is used mainly in the manufacture of alloy steel and other non-ferrous alloys.

At Barro Alto and Codemin we’re focusing on ways to improve output and reduce costs, extending the lives of both operations by making them more efficient.

People are the heart of the business and in 2013 we were recognised as one of Brazil’s top 35 companies to start a career with, and one of the 150 best to work for.

leadership

Duncan Wanblad

CEO of Base Metals and Minerals

BSc (Eng) Mech, GDE (Eng Management), 48; CEO of Base Metals and Minerals since July 2013.

Duncan is a member of the General Management Committee (GMC).

Between 2009 and 2013, Duncan held the position of group director Other Mining and Industrial. He was appointed joint interim CEO of Anglo American Platinum in 2007, before taking over as CEO of Anglo American’s copper operations in 2008.

Duncan holds a BSc (Eng) Mech and a GDE (Eng Management) from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

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BSc (Eng) Mech, GDE (Eng Management), 48; CEO of Base Metals and Minerals since July 2013.

Duncan is a member of the General Management Committee (GMC).

Between 2009 and 2013, Duncan held the position of group director Other Mining and Industrial. He was appointed joint interim CEO of Anglo American Platinum in 2007, before taking over as CEO of Anglo American’s copper operations in 2008.

Duncan holds a BSc (Eng) Mech and a GDE (Eng Management) from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Ruben Fernandes

CEO of Nickel, Niobium, Phosphates

Ruben was previously CEO of our Niobium and Phosphates businesses. Prior to joining Anglo American, he was head of mining at Votorantim Metals in Brazil, in charge of projects, exploration activities around the world, as well as operations in Peru and Colombia.

Between 2009 and 2011, he was COO at Vale Fertilizers, responsible for the fertiliser operations, sales and marketing. Ruben was also CEO of Kaolin Companies – Pará Pigments and Cadam – two subsidiaries of Vale, from 2007.

Ruben was previously CEO of our Niobium and Phosphates businesses. Prior to joining Anglo American, he was head of mining at Votorantim Metals in Brazil, in charge of projects, exploration activities around the world, as well as operations in Peru and Colombia.

Between 2009 and 2011, he was COO at Vale Fertilizers, responsible for the fertiliser operations, sales and marketing. Ruben was also CEO of Kaolin Companies – Pará Pigments and Cadam – two subsidiaries of Vale, from 2007.

Highlighted assets
Barro Alto

Barro Alto

We started production at Barro Alto in 2011. In 2014, it produced 28,000 tonnes of nickel.

Codemin

Codemin

Codemin produces around 9,000 tonnes of nickel each year for the domestic market.

uses of nickel

Stainless steel has become iconic of high-tech design and construction. Most stainless steels contain about 8-10% nickel. Around two-thirds of all refined nickel produced is used by the stainless steel industry.

Nickel is used to make other alloys with special properties. Corrosion-resistant alloys are used in chemical plants, while ‘super-alloys’ withstand extreme temperatures and are used in aviation. Nickel is also used in electronics and as a substrate for chromium plating.

Nickel is the fifth most common element on Earth and known reserves are estimated to last another 100 years at present mining rates. It occurs in sulphides found underground and laterites that can be mined using open pit methods.

Contacts
Anglo American in brazil

NICKEL
Rua Maria Luiza Santiago
200 – 60 andar – Santa Lucia
Belo Horizonte, MG,
Brazil

For sales enquiries, please email: SalesandMarketing.Enquiries@angloamerican.com

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