Rio zeroes in on lithium but copper may be next

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 21 : 2-Mar-20

Rio Tinto has not made any major acquisitions under current CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques. However, it has looked at more than 200 opportunities over the last three years, while its low level of debt means it is well-placed to pursue deals. Bold Baatar, the head of Rio Tinto’s energy and minerals division, says lithium has been its focus in terms of potential acquisitions. He adds that Rio Tinto is interested in other metals that are used in vehicle batteries, such as copper and high purity nickel.


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