Securing a stable supply of mineral and metal resources and developing our overall recycling business, while engaging in environmentally friendly operations

Business fields

  • Iron and steel raw materials (iron ore, coal, petroleum coke, ferroalloys, pig iron, HBI [hot briquetted iron])
  • Non-ferrous metals (copper, alumina/aluminium, nickel, cobalt, rare metals, titanium)
  • Secondary ferrous and non-ferrous raw materials (steel scrap, copper scrap, aluminium scrap, secondary aluminium alloys)
  • Metal recycling and environmental solutions

Iron Ore Business (01:55)

Contributing to a stable supply of resources through the development and management of the West Angelas mine

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Major activities

Actively securing mineral and metal resources and pursuing environmentally friendly business

The Mineral & Metal Resources Business Unit endeavors to ensure stable supplies of mineral and metal resources for Japan and other markets around the world. We have been actively investing in the development of iron ore and coal resources since the 1960s, and continue to play a significant role in their supply. In 2003, we acquired a 15% equity stake in Valepar, the holding company of Brazil's Vale, the world's largest iron ore producer. We have also continued to expand our iron ore business with Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton in Australia. Our equity production tonnage was approximately 57.6 million tons in fiscal 2016. We have invested in coal projects in Australia such as Dawson and Bengalla, as well as BMC. We also contribute to the stable supply of steel scrap, pig iron and other ferrous raw materials, including ferro-alloys such as manganese, silicon and chromium, all of which are essential for steel making. In China, we have an investment in Erdos EPMC(Electrical Power & Metallurgical Co.), based in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, through which we are promoting the development of power generation, coal and ferro-alloys.

We have been increasing our investment in non-ferrous metals such as copper, nickel and aluminium. In Chile, we have invested in copper projects such as Collahuasi, Caserones and Anglo American Sur. We are promoting the development and operation of the Coral Bay and Taganito Nickel projects in the Philippines. We have also invested in the Amazon Aluminium Project in Brazil, and are involved in the manufacture of aluminium products via our aluminium coil center with Garmco in Singapore.

In consideration for the environment, we are currently working on a metal resources and materials recycling business both in Japan and internationally. In 2015, we participated in Wuhan GHM, an auto parts remanufacturing project in China. We are building a supply network of metal scrap and rebuilt automotive parts in preparation for a global recycling society of the future.

Key projects

  • Robe River iron ore mine (Australia)
  • Mt. Newman iron ore mine (Australia)
  • Alliance with Vale
  • Dawson and German Creek coal mines (Australia)
  • Kestrel and Bengalla coal mines (Australia)
  • South Walker Creek and Poitrel coal mines (Australia, operated by BMC)
  • Erdos EPMC coal, power generation and ferroalloy (China)
  • Collahuasi copper mine (Chile)
  • Caserones copper mine (Chile)
  • Los Bronces copper mine, etc., held by Anglo American Sur (Chile)
  • CBNC and Taganito nickel projects (Philippines)
  • Sims Group metals and electronics recycling (U.S.A., Europe, Australia, Asia)
  • Garmco Singapore (Singapore)
  • Wuhan GHM (China)
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Iron: A key element in all our lives


  • The Australian coal business (02:19)

    The Dawson mine produces approx. 7 million tons of coal annually, exporting to Japan and other countries across Asia

  • Chile / Collahuasi Copper Mine (02:26)

    Stably supplies copper concentrates, copper cathodes, and molybdenum from Chile's Collahuasi mine to Japan and Asia