Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott highlighted the strong relationship between the two nations during a visit to Rio Tinto’s world-class iron ore operations in Western Australia.
Mr Abe and Mr Abbott inspected Rio Tinto’s world-leading next-generation technology mining equipment, including an autonomous haul truck and drill which form part of the Mine of the Future™ programme.
“Our iron ore business was born on the back of Japanese investment and we will never, ever forget this support. Japan is now one of Rio Tinto’s most important trading partners and our enduring relationship for almost half a century symbolises the strengthening economic and trade ties between Australia and Japan.
“Under our Mine of the Future programme we operate the most sophisticated mining technology in the world, with state-of-the-art equipment from Japan at the core.”
Rio Tinto’s operations in Western Australia have reached a run rate of 290 million tonnes a year, with a low-cost expansion pathway in place to expand this to 360 million tonnes a year.
Elle T. // SMC Editor
Cite: Extracted from Article Riotinto.com 9th July 2014