A Look Back At 2016

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1/13/2017

A Look Back At 2016

2016 was a challenging year for Vale and for the mining industry as a whole but there were many highlights. Our employees, across all sites, showed their metal and produced many cost reduction initiatives whilst contributing to the goal of making Vale a more agile company.

The year ahead looks more promising with the new S11D mine in ramp-up but our values will continue to guide us. We will continue respecting life, taking care of our planet and, increasingly, in search of safe and modern mining. We are not afraid of challenges and we will continue on this pathe together. Remembering the past is important to build on the future, so we are inviting our employees to have a look back at 2016 and be reminded of the key moments that happened in the last year. Read, comment, and share.

January

Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal Celebrates 30 Years Of Operations​

Thirty years after starting operations, the Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal, in São Luís, Maranhão, has established itself as one of the most important in Brazil and the world. Since 2014, when it shipped 112 million tons, it became the largest port in Brazil in terms of cargo handling. On January 6th, 2016, Vale celebrated three decades, a milestone that shows history was built by each employee who contributed and is part of everyday operations at North Port.​

February

Vale Releases 2015 And Fourth Quarter Results​

Vale released their 2015 and fourth quarter financial results performeing solidly, breaking several annual production records in 2015, including annual iron ore production of 345.9 Mt; including 129.6 Mt in Carajás; 291,000 tons of nickel and 423,800 tons of copper.

April

Vale Aims To Increase Sales To China By 40%

Murilo Ferreira, Vale’s CEO, appeared on the front cover of a Chinese publication, Caixin Weekly, along with the CEOs from Royal Dutch Shell and the French Oil giant, Total.

On the back of a slump in global demand for commodities, principally Petrol and Iron Ore, the article explored how the three companies had coped with market volatility and now, during a rebound in prices, what opportunities lie ahead.

May

S11D Starts Commissioning Machines

The recent module transfer at the S11D plant in Carajás, Brazil, was the 55th structure to be positioned on the site. This means that half of the modules that will comprise the processing plant have now been installed. The mark was reached just over six months after the first module was positioned back in January 2015.

August

What Would The Olympics Be Like Without Mining?

The Olympic Games took place in Rio de Janeiro in August. To celebrate this, Vale News produced a series of articles about the games with several relating to our products and the impact they have. This video produced specially, highlights what the Olympics would be like without mining.

October

Export Of First Aggregate Shipment Through the Sohar Terminal in Oman

In a challenging scenario, Vale in Oman successfully exported local minerals to the international market through the Sohar Dry Bulk Logistics Corridor, a Memorandum of Understanding which was signed back in March 2016 by Vale, Tanmia and Sohar Port and Freezone. This agreement is aligned with the country’s plan to diversify its economy in a sustainable way and to explore opportunities to export from Sohar Port.​

November

World Mining Congress

The city of Rio de Janeiro hosted one of the biggest events in the mining sector - the World Mining Congress - WMC 2016. The 24th edition of this great event was promoted by the Brazilian Mining Association - IBRAM, and focused its efforts on promoting and providing techno-scientific support for the cooperation in support of progress in mining and the development of natural mineral resources. Vale News produced a special edition focusing on the WMC and exploring some of the more more interesting and diverse projects that Vale are exploring.

November

Chat with the CEO Celebrates its 9th Edition

Innovation, creativity and dynamism are characteristics that define our business and the 9th edition of Chat with the CEO changed its format to represent this. The Chat with Murilo Ferreira was conducted by Communication Manager Mirka Schreck and was inspired by words suggested by Vale employees from around the world. In addition to determining the questions, the words sent in also made up the back drop, which was divided into three blocks: People, Business and Future.

December

S11D Eliezer Batista Complex opens in Southeast of Pará, Brazil

There were many years of planning, building and construction. Now our biggest project, the S11D Eliezer Batista Complex opens for business. A special edition of Vale News was produce to celebrate this milestone in Vale's history. Click here to read more.

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A Look Back At 2016