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Vale and Japan celebrate 60 Years of Partnership

The partnership between Vale and Japan has intensified over the decades, translating into joint ventures and investments in ferrous metals, coal, logistics, steel, fertilizers and base metals.
1.2 Billion Tonnes of Iron Ore
Over these last six decades Vale has exported more than 1.2 billion metric tons of iron ore to the Land of Japan. In 1955, Vale signed its first contract to supply iron ore to Japan, followed by an initial shipment of 9 million metric tons. In 2014, the company's exports leapt to 27.2 million metric tons. These days, Japan is one of the company's three major markets. Vale sold 6,572 million metric tons of iron ore and pellets to the country in the first quarter of 2015 alone.

Votorantim announced EUR 140 million investment in Turkey

The Sivas Plant currently accounts for about 19% of Votorantim Cimentos’ 3 million metric tons per year production capacity in Turkey.
Cement Plant Capacity Expansion Project
Votorantim Cimentos announced a EUR 140 million investment in the expansion of its cement plant in Sivas, Turkey. The investment is the largest carried out in Sivas’ history and it will increase the plant’s current production capacity by three times, from the current capacity of 0.6 to 1.8 million metric tons per year, with construction work beginning in June 2015. Cement production is expected begin in 2017.

Australian Zirconia's Dubbo Project receives Development Consent

Dubbo Zirconia Project is expected to process 1,000,000 tonnes of ore throughput per year.
Rare Earths Mining Project
The New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission (PAC), as delegate for the NSW Minister for Planning and Environment, has advised that it has approved the development application for Australian Zirconia's Dubbo Zirconia Project (DZP). The AUD 1 billion project, which is located approx. 25 km south of Dubbo (NSW), Australia, in an area called Toongi, is founded on one of the world’s largest in-ground resources of zirconium, hafnium, niobium, tantalum, yttrium and rare earths elements.

Outotec Iron Ore Pelletizing Technology for B-MISCO in Iran

The new 5 million tonnes per annum pellet plant ordered from Outotec is part of B-MISCO's greenfield investment program.
Pelletizing Plant Project
Outotec has won an order from Bafgh Mineral Complex Iron and Steel Industry Company (B-MISCO) for the design and delivery of technology and services for a new iron ore pelletizing plant in Bafgh, Yazd Province, Iran. The new 5 million tonnes per annum pellet plant is part of B-MISCO's greenfield investment program. The new plant is expected to become operational in 2018.

Port of Immingham receives first UK Multi Fuel Unloader Delivery

Two Siwertell ship unloaders at ABP's Port of Immingham, UK.
Continuous Ship Unloading
Following an order placed in March 2013, Siwertell, part of Cargotec, has delivered, installed and commissioned two continuous ship unloaders at ABP's port of Immingham, UK. They will be used to discharge wood pellets and coal to supply the Drax power station. Both types of fuel will be unloaded at a rate of 1200 t/h. This is the first Siwertell unloader delivery to the UK for combined coal/biomass handling.

PCA Report sees Global Cement Consumption on the Rise

PCA projects global cement consumption to record sustained growth during 2015-2018, but at a less robust pace than previously expected.
Portland Cement Association
Global cement consumption is expected to grow throughout 2015 and continue throughout the next year, but at the slower rate than in the past. A report released by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) indicates that cement consumption among developed economies increased by roughly 9.2 million metric tons in 2014, followed by another 9 million ton increase in 2015.

Pacific Coast Terminals and K+S Potash Canada broke Ground for new Facility

Dr. Ulrich Lamp, President and CEO, K+S Potash Canada and Lorne Friberg, President and CEO, Pacific Coast Terminal at the signing ceremony in the spring of 2014 in Port Moody, British Columbia, for the exclusive, long-term contract for the handling and storage facility.
Potash Handling and Storage Facility
On June 2, 2015, Pacific Coast Terminals Co. Ltd. (PCT) and K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) officially broke ground and began modifications on PCT’s existing bulk handling facility, preparing the facility for its role in KSPC’s Legacy Project. The project will include the construction of a railcar unloading building and potash storage warehouse, and upgrades to the water treatment facilities and ship-loading equipment.

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions opens Service Centre in Chile

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions' new centre in Chile includes workshops and warehouses to store and overhaul spare parts and components for plants and systems designed for mining, processing and materials handling.
Maintenance & Repair
ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions opened a new service centre in Antofagasta, Chile, on 13 May 2015 to offer maintenance and repair services for customers from the local mining and raw materials industry. Another service centre located in Santa Luzia, Brazil, is already in full operation providing refurbishment works and new components for the local market.

Port of Long Beach Board approves Mitsubishi Terminal Project

At Mitsubishi's cement facility in the Port of Long Beach imported cement and cement-like materials are loaded onto trucks and taken to local and regional concrete batch plants.
Cement Terminal Project
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the Mitsubishi Cement Facility Modification Project on May 15, 2015, greenlighting the addition of 40,000 tonnes of additional storage capacity consisting of storage and loading silos on vacant Port property adjacent to Mitsubishi’s existing facility at the Port’s Pier F. The board’s approval was contingent on environmental measures and upgrades.

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