[INFOGRAPHIC] Breaking down aluminium
As one of the most common metals in the world, aluminium doesn’t get the credit it deserves. The silver white metal, which only occurs in compounds and never in a free form, is the second most used metal in the world. It can be found in everything from planes, cars to buildings, machinery, consumer durables, packaging and even electrical uses.
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In fact, aluminium is the third most abundant element in the world after oxygen and silicon, and is the most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust. Not to mention, the metal was used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans as a bright red dye as well as an astringent to help in the healing of cuts and wounds.
The following infographic breaks down everything you need to know about aluminium, including highest producing and consuming countries, as well as little known facts.
Unmanned train to allow Vale to reopen iron ore plant
Brazilian miner Vale SA will be able to resume operations at its Timbopeba iron ore dry processing plant in up to two months thanks to the use of an unmanned train, the company said in a statement this week.
Vale - Timbopeba iro ore plant
With the train, Timbopeba will be able to operate at least at 80% of its capacity of 33,000 tonnes of iron ore “fines” per day, reports Reuters.
Vale was forced to shut down the plant in the Alegria mine complex recently after labor authorities in Minas Gerais state banned activities close to the Xingu dam due to concerns of a risk of collapse.
Vale said access by workers and vehicles continues to be suspended in the flood zone of the dam due to the ban even though it remains at emergency level 2, which means there no imminent risk of rupture.
But some workers are allowed entry under strict security precautions and they will get the unmanned train going once it has been tested, which would take between one and two months, the company said.
The unmanned train will travel automatically along 16 kilometers (10 miles) of track operated by a system that can control the speed and activate the brakes, Vale said.
Vale announces first ore at Voisey’s Bay mine extension
Vale has reached the milestone of first ore production at the Reid Brook deposit at the Voisey’s Bay mine expansion project in Northern Labrador, Canada - recognised as the safest mine in Canada.