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Group overview

Platinum

Business profile

  • The world's leading primary producer of platinum, accounting for around 40% of newly mined platinum output
  • Operations based in South Africa

Product details

  • Primarily used in autocatalysts and jewellery
  • Also employed in chemical, electrical, electronic, glass and petroleum industries and medical applications

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Diamonds

Business profile

  • Anglo American owns 45% of De Beers
  • De Beers produces about 40% of the world's diamonds by value and is the world's largest supplier and marketer of rough gem diamonds

Product details

  • The most important diamond jewellery market is the United States, followed by China and Japan
  • Some stones are used for industrial purposes such as cutting and drilling

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Copper

Business profile

  • Six operations in Chile account for the majority of current copper output
  • Significant future growth from approved expansion at Los Bronces

Product details

  • Used mainly in wire and cable, brass, tubing and pipes
  • Copper's thermal conductivity also makes it suitable for use in heat transfer applications such as air conditioning and refrigeration

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Nickel

Business profile

  • Major operations in Brazil and Venezuela
  • Barro Alto project in Brazil is expected to more than double nickel production by 2012

Product details

  • About 60% of all nickel is used in the production of stainless steel
  • Around 25% is used to make other types of steel and for super-alloys, which can withstand extreme temperatures

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Iron Ore and Manganese

Business profile

  • Comprises operations in South Africa, Brazil and Australia
  • Minas Rio project to begin production of high grade pellet feed in 2012

Product details

  • Key component in steel, the most widely used of all metals
  • Global steel consumption forecast to grow in excess of 5% pa over the next 3 years

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Metallurgical Coal

Business profile

  • Metallurgical Coal operations managed out of Australia
  • Project pipeline includes more than 20 mining prospects

Product details

  • Key raw material for 70% of the world's steel industry
  • Demand driven by economic, industrial and steel growth

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Thermal Coal

Business profile

  • Thermal Coal operations managed out of South Africa
  • Coal is exported from South Africa, South America and Australia throughout the Med-Atlantic and Indo-Pacific markets

Product details

  • About 40% of all electricity generated globally is powered by thermal coal
  • About 5.8 billion tonnes of hard coal are produced globally each year

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Other Mining and Industrial

Business profile

  • Assets include: Tarmac, the Group's portfolio of zinc assets, Scaw Metals, Copebrás, Catalão, Peace River Coal and the Group's share in the Carbones del Guasare coal assets
  • Accounted for approximately 13% of 2009 Group EBITDA
  • Preparatory work for the separation of these businesses has commenced

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Annual Report 2009