Services & Products
Mineral & Metal Resources Business Unit
Ensuring a secure and stable supply mineral and metal resources, and promoting the recycling business for a sustainable and circular economy.
- Develop, process and market underground resources (iron ore, coal, ferroalloys, copper, aluminium, nickel, cobalt, lithium, etc.)
- Promote recycling of surface resources (ferrous raw materials, aluminium, copper, petroleum coke, secondary batteries)
Iron Ore Business (01:55)
Contributing to a stable supply of resources through the development and management of the West Angelas mine
A secure and stable supply of mineral and metal resources
The Mineral & Metal Resources Business Unit plays a central role in ensuring the stable supply of mineral and metal resources for Japan and other markets around the world. Mitsui has been actively investing in the development of iron ore and coal resources since the 1960s. In 2003, we invested in Brazil-based Vale, the largest iron ore producer in the world. We continue to expand our business in iron ore with Rio Tinto and BHP in Australia, establishing a solid earnings base. In coal, we are engaged in joint ventures with Anglo American and BHP in Australia, and also in the Moatize coal mine and Nacala infrastructure project with Vale in Mozambique. We also contribute to the stable supply of raw materials essential to steelmaking such as steel scrap, direct reduced iron, pig iron and ferroalloys (manganese, silicon and chromium). In China, we have invested in Erdos EPMC (Electrical Power & Metallurgical Co.) based in Inner Mongolia, where we are active in the areas of coal, power generation, ferroalloys, etc.
Increasing our footprint in non-ferrous materials such as copper, nickel and aluminium has also been our focus, and we invest in copper projects such as Collahuasi, Caserones and Anglo American Sur in Chile, nickel projects such as Coral Bay and Taganito in the Philippines, and in aluminium such as Amazon Project in Brazil, and coil center with Garmco in Singapore.
Recycling and environment related business for a sustainable and circular economy.
In addition to investment in Sims, the largest recycling company in the world, as we work towards the creation of a more sustainable and circular economy, we are engaged in ferrous and non-ferrous metal recycling throughout the world as well as securing secondary battery raw materials that are necessary for electric vehicles.
We will continue to create new business beyond our existing framework and respond to climate change and other global environmental issues through our business, while improving our existing assets and promoting initiatives to realize a circular economy.
- Robe River, Mt. Newman, Yandi, Goldsworthy and Jimblebar iron ore projects (Australia)
- Investment in Vale (Brazil and others)
- Dawson, German Creek, Moranbah North, Kestrel, South Walker Creek and Poitrel coal mine projects (Australia)
- Moatize coal mine, Nacala infrastructure project (Mozambique)
- Erdos Power and Metallurgy project (China)
- Collahuasi, Caserones and Anglo American Sur copper projects (Chile)
- Coral Bay and Taganito nickel projects (Philippines)
- Investment in Sims (North America, Europe, Australia)
- Garmco Singapore aluminium products project (Singapore)
- Nov. 9, 2020
- Mitsui to Sell Its Interest in the Caserones Copper Mine in Chile and Dissolution and Liquidation of a Subsidiary Company
- Jun. 15, 2018
- Mitsui to Develop South Flank Iron Ore Mine in Australia