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Our products in use
We responsibly source the commodities that advance everyday life. The minerals and metals we mine at our Australian operations are found in a vast number of everyday products, such as smartphones, white goods, and wind and solar power generation.
Everywhere we look
Our products can be found in:
- commercial and public buildings
- cars and buses
- planes and trains
- smartphones and laptop computers
- medications and cosmetics
- hospitals, homes and offices
- electricity generation and steel making.
Other everyday applications
Our products are also used in the following everyday applications:
|Copper||Used for electrical wiring, piping, and in batteries, solar and wind power, electronics, electric grid and electric cars.|
|Zinc||Used as an anti-rust agent in galvanised steel or iron used for buildings, cars and electronics.|
|Lead||Essential for car batteries, weights, solder and radiation protection.|
|Nickel||Mainly used to make stainless steel, adding strength and corrosion resistance to steel—also used in electric vehicle batteries.|
|Cobalt||Utilised in electronics, electric car batteries, a super alloy in aircraft engines, in cemented carbides, and as a hard cutting surface or on drill bits|
|Coal||Used to generate energy or heat—it is key to providing low-cost baseload power, and making steel and cement.|
Our products in modern life - fast facts
Coal is important for electricity generation, steel production and cement manufacturing.
Thermal coal generates about 38% of the world’s electricity, and improvements in high-efficiency, low-emission power stations can significantly reduce emissions. Coking coal is primarily used to make steel.
Copper is most widely used in electricity generation and distribution, building products and electronic equipment.
An excellent electrical conductor, it features in electrical wiring and motors. Slow to corrode, copper is used in roofing, guttering, rainspouts, plumbing, cookware and cooking utensils.
It is recyclable and has a growing use in renewable technologies and anti-microbial applications.
Around half of the world’s zinc is used to galvanise steel, an environmentally friendly way to prevent corrosion, for example, in cars and buildings. In Australia today, two-thirds of zinc produced is used to protect steel from rusting.
A versatile material that can be recycled infinitely, zinc is also an essential dietary mineral and is used in food supplements.
Zinc readily combines with other metals forming alloys:
- brass (copper and zinc)
- bronze (copper, tin and zinc)
- nickel silver (copper, nickel and zinc).
More than 60% of all lead produced is used in lead–acid batteries to store energy.
We are one of the world’s largest producers of nickel and cobalt.
The nickel we extract from our in Western Australia is used to produce everyday items like cutlery, and precision metals in mobile phones, cars, jet engines, wind turbines, surgical equipment and hybrid cars.
Cobalt is a key ingredient in electric vehicle batteries and is also used in alloys for aircraft engine parts, electroplating and corrosion/wear resistant applications. Cobalt salts impart blue and green colours in glass and ceramics.
Australia has the world’s second largest bauxite reserves, including western Cape York in North Queensland.
Bauxite is the primary ore from which aluminium metal is extracted. Aluminium is a widely used metal in industries, including transport, construction and packaging. It can be recycled endlessly with two thirds of all aluminium produced still in use today.