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7/16/2018

Vale achieves new record of iron ore production for a second quarter

Production Report

Vale’s production and sale report of the second quarter of 2018 was announced this Monday, July 16th. Vale reached a new record of 96.8 Mt of iron ore production for a second quarter. Record sales volumes for a second quarter of iron ore and pellets totaled 86.5 Mt in 2Q18, 4.8 Mt higher than in 2Q17.

It was possible despite the nationwide truck drivers' strike in May, with 12-day disruptions in production and logistics across Brazil, leading to force majeure being declared by many companies. Vale overcame these adversities using the flexibility of its supply chain, with transfers of supplies between sites, alternative use of railways to transport inputs, adjustment in mining methods and production plans and change in mill process parameters.

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See highlights of some of our businesses in the infographic:

Iron ore

Iron Ore and pellets

  • Quarterly iron ore production totaled 96.8 Mt in 2Q18;
  • Quarterly iron ore production record for a second quarter in the Northern System of 46.2 Mt, 11,4% higher than in 2Q17;
  • Pellets production was record for a second quarter: 12.8 Mt, 0.6 Mt higher than in 2Q17
  • Iron ore production reached 96.8 Mt in 2Q18, a new record for a second quarter despite the nationwide truck drivers' strike in May, with 12-day disruptions in production and logistics across Brazil

Find out more about our iron ore and pellet activities
Nickel

Nickel

  • Nickel production achieved 66.200t in the first quarter, with sales of 61.600 t;
  • Production at the Long Harbour processing plant, in Canada, reached the quarterly record of 8,900 t in 2Q18;
  • Nickel production is expected to increase to about 60.000 t in 3Q18.

Find out more about our nickel activities
Coal

Coal

  • Coal production totaled 2.9 Mt in 2Q18
  • Production 18,1% higher than in 1Q18

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Copper

Copper

  • Copper production reached 97,900 t in 2Q18
  • Copper was 4,600 t higher that in 1Q18, due to the return to production of Sudbury's Coleman mine in April and the strong performance of the Salobo operation.

Find out more about our copper activities

2Q18 Financial Report

On Wednesday, July 25th, we will release our 2Q18 Financial Report. After the report has been released, on July 26th, some of our key executives will participate in webcasts with investors to present the quarter’s results.

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Vale achieves new record of iron ore production for a second quarter