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We are one of the world's largest mining companies. Our portfolio of high-quality mining assets and natural resources includes platinum group metals and diamonds, with significant interests in copper, iron ore, metallurgical coal, nickel and thermal coal, as well as a divestment portfolio of other mining and industrial businesses. We operate in Africa, Europe, South and North America, Australia and Asia.


Our seven commodity businesses



Base metals


Share of Group
operating profit

number of


Anglo Platinum Limited, a managed subsidiary, owns the largest platinum reserves in the world and is the largest primary producer of platinum, accounting for some 40% of world supply.

Primarily used in autocatalysts and jewellery. Also employed in chemical, electrical, electronic, glass and petroleum industries and medical applications.

Share of group operating profit for platinum

Average number of employees ,in thousands:52


Independently managed De Beers is the world’s leading diamond exploration, mining and marketing company. De Beers generates about 35% (by value) of global rough diamond production from its operations in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Canada.

The largest diamond jewellery market is the United States, followed by Japan, Europe, China and India.

Share of group operating profit for diamonds

Average number of employees ,in thousands:16(3)


Our copper business has interests in six operations in Chile. These comprise the wholly owned Los Bronces, El Soldado, Mantos Blancos and Mantoverde mines, the Chagres smelter and a 44% interest in the Collahuasi mine.

Used mainly in wire and cable, brass, tubing and pipes, air conditioning and refrigeration.

Share of group operating profit for copper

Average number of employees ,in thousands:4


Nickel has two operating assets, Codemin in Brazil and Loma de Níquel in Venezuela, both producing ferronickel, as well as the world class Barro Alto project in Brazil.

More than 60% of all nickel is used in the production of stainless steel. Around 25% is used to make other types of steel and for super-alloys, which can withstand extreme temperatures.

Share of group operating profit for nickel

Average number of employees ,in thousands:2




Other Mining and Industrial

Share of Group
operating profit

number of

Iron ore
and Manganese

We are the world’s fourth largest iron ore producer, with a large high-quality resource base in South Africa and Brazil.

Key component in steel, the most widely used of all metals. Global steel consumption is forecast to grow in excess of 5% pa over the next three years.

Share of group operating profit for iron ore and manganese

Average number of employees ,in thousands:8


Our metallurgical coal business is Australia’s fourth biggest producer of coal and its number two exporter of metallurgical coal. We are active partners in diverse clean coal energy initiatives.

Key raw material for 70% of the world’s steel industry. Demand is driven by economic, industrial and steel growth.

Share of group operating profit for metallurgical coal

Average number of employees ,in thousands:3


In South Africa, our thermal coal business owns and operates nine mines. In Colombia, we have a one third shareholding (with BHP Billiton and Xstrata each owning one-third) in Cerréjon, Colombia’s largest thermal coal exporter.

About 40% of all electricity generated globally is powered by thermal coal. About 5.1 billion tonnes of thermal coal are produced globally each year.

Share of group operating profit for thermal coal

Average number of employees ,in thousands:9

Other mining
and industrial

Our programme to divest of non-core businesses is well advanced. During 2010, Anglo American completed the divestment of a number of non-core businesses with announced proceeds(4) of $3.3 billion.

Share of group operating profit for other mining

Average number of employees ,in thousands:20

  • (1) Excluding contractors and associates employees and including a proportionate share of employees within joint venture entities.
  • (2) De Beers results are shown as share of associates' operating profit.
  • (3) De Beers is an independently managed associate. Employee numbers shown represent the average number of employees in De Beers managed operations, including  100% of employees in De Beers' underlying joint ventures.
  • (4) Consideration on a debt and cash–free basis, as announced.