Rio Tinto: Tiwai Point will be fine, but Kiwis will be affected

With 14,000 workers going from Rio Tinto, the folk at Tiwwai Point’s aluminium refinery are apparently nervous. They have “787 full time staff and 133 contractors” down there in the deep South, a bit under 1% of Rio’s total of 110,000 staff and contractors. So Rio is getting rid of 12.7% of it’s workers, which …

Big Deals: BHPB and Rio Tinto

BHP Billiton is a great company, and yes, I am consulting to one of their plants at the moment. Despite their size, they are able to run over 100 businesses in 25 countries (be they mines, smelters, refineries or new projects). And they run them well. Check out their latest production report, and note how …