Presence in 14 Brazilian states
employees and contractors
Length of Vale’s railways in the country
With a history going back more than 70 years, Vale is one of the Brazil’s largest private sector companies.Besides being the leader in the country’s mining sector, the company also has major operations in the areas of logistics, energy and steelmaking. Find out more at www.vale.com/brasil.
With a history going back more than 70 years, Vale is one of the Brazil’s largest private sector companies.Besides being the leader in the country’s mining sector, the company also has major operations in the areas of logistics, energy and steelmaking.
Vale was born in 1942, in the town of Itabira, in Minas Gerais, Brazil, and our global head office is also in Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro. Ferrous metals (iron ore and pellets), which account for the bulk of our operating revenues, are our main products in the country.
The efficiency of our operations has increasingly attracted the admiration of Brazilians. For five consecutive years, a respected careers survey has ranked Vale among the top 10 companies that the country’s 17 to 26 year olds would like to work for.
However, the benefits of our businesses go far beyond the generation of jobs and tax revenue. They also offer vocational training, infrastructure, the development of local economies, the creation of scientific-technological centres, and support for culture and sport.
Vale has four major production systems in Brazil: the North, South, Southeast and Centre-West systems. Together, they encompass a series of mines, processing facilities and pelletizing plants that produce a wide range of minerals, including iron ore, pellets, manganese and copper.
The state of Pará is home to our largest operation in Brazil and indeed the world: Carajás Mining Complex. This operation produces the highest quality iron ore on the planet.
Vale is now the leading provider of logistics services in Brazil and its biggest exporter. In recent years, the company has invested in an extensive network of railways, ports and maritime terminals. This infrastructure, which transports all the output from our operational sites to five continents, is one of the company’s competitive advantages.
In addition to freight, two railways operated by Vale in Brazil – the Vitória-Minas and Carajás railways – also provide the most extensive passenger train services in the country. Together, these railways transport nearly 1.5 million passengers per year and are fundamental to the development of the communities they pass through.
Focused on organic growth, some of Vale’s main projects to expand or improve its existing operations and construct new ones are in Brazil. These include S11D, which involves developing a new mine in the Southern Hills of Carajás, in the state of Pará. This is the largest project in Vale’s history and also the biggest in the global iron ore industry. The total investment in the S11D project is US$ 19 billion.
In recent years, Vale has been investing in electricity production, especially hydropower. We now have stakes in 12 hydroelectric plants and nine small hydro plants operating in Brazil.
The company is also pursuing alternative ways of replacing diesel in its operations through the development of fuels such as natural gas and biodiesel.
The aim is to reduce production costs and climate change impacts arising from energy use, besides guaranteeing suitable energy supplies for all our operations.
The development of communities and the planet’s future is another top priority in the company’s strategic planning. As a result, Vale runs an array of research, cultural, educational and sports facilities open to the community in Brazil.
We protect 97% total proportion of Carajás National Forest.