2.000 employees and contractors in the country
Arrival of the first Valemax vessel
US$1.37 billion invested in the 1st phase of Teluk Rubiah Terminal
Located in Southeast Asia, Malaysia has a favourable position for international shipping. Vale has been operating in the country since 2009, with the aim of getting ever closer to the company’s biggest iron ore consumers.
To continuously improve the supply of the best iron ore to its customers in Asia, Vale has started an investment cycle aiming to “bring its mines closer” to the Asian market. In this sense, together with investment in a fleet of Very Large Ore Carriers, the Malaysia Distribution Center represents a new consolidation and supply point from which Vale can meet the needs of its Asian market.
Malaysia was chosen as our distribution center due to its strategic geographical location in the Straits of Malacca, which provides extremely favourable technical navigation and docking conditions for the fleet that transports Vale’s iron ore across the oceans.
Strategically situated in the shores of Teluk Rubiah, the Malaysia Distribution Center, known as Teluk Rubiah Maritime Terminal (TRMT), allows a reduction in the supply lead time for customers in Asia of around 25 days. This enables Vale to reduce its time to market, providing agility to meet its customer requirements. TRMT is scheduled to start operating in the last quarter of 2014.
Of this total, more than 50% is maintained by Vale as a protected area where the natural forest will be kept and conserved for future generations. With the aim to educate and to promote environmental conservation, Vale is developing an Eco Centre in the preserved area which is targeted to be opened to the public by the end of 2014. We also embark on a series of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives with the aim to grow together with the local community for a better future. In partnership with representatives from the local civil society and government agencies, Vale has invested in several initiatives in the areas of infrastructure, education, health, environment and income generation. In addition, Vale Volunteers Program - comprised of members from our staff, their relatives and local communities - work hand in hand to implement socio-environmental programs that aim to contribute to the society.
The Teluk Rubiah Maritime Terminal began operating in November 2014. It is composed of a deep-waterport and five stockyards, where different types of iron ore may be blended andcustomized in line with steel companies’ needs.
Equipped with an import berth capable of unloadingships of up to 400,000 metric tonnage and an export berth able to load Capesizeships, the maritime terminal acts as a distribution centre for Asia, maintaininga constant stock of Brazilian iron ore.