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Vale increased its iron ore production by 6.1% in the first quarter of the year

Brazilian mining giant Vale announced in a recent statement that it increased its iron ore production in the first quarter of the year by 6.1% compared to the same period last year.

Vale increased its iron ore production by 6.1% in the first quarter of the year

In the first three months of the year, Vale's iron ore production totaled 70.84 million metric tonnes, a significant part of which was supported by the performance of the S11D mine in Para state. Notably, this achievement marked the S11D mine's strongest performance in the last four years and is a sign of positive momentum for the company.

In line with increased production, Vale also reported a significant increase in iron ore sales, which increased by 14.7% to 63.83 million tonnes. The company attributes this growth to strong demand and operational improvements, noting that the S11D mine played a decisive role.

Vale's optimism extends beyond the first quarter; The company expects total iron ore production this year to be between 310 million tons and 320 million tons. This forecast offered a stable outlook compared to previous targets, highlighting Vale's confidence in its operational capabilities and market position.

Despite promising production and sales figures, Vale recorded a slight decrease in the average realized price of iron ore fines in the quarter, primarily affected by fluctuations in futures prices. The average price was $100.70 per ton, down 15% compared to the previous quarter.

Beyond iron ore, Vale also touched on its performance in base metals. The company reported a 3.7% year-on-year decrease in nickel production, which it said was partly attributed to operational challenges at certain facilities. However, copper production increased by 22.2%, driven by the performance of the Salobo 3 project.

Looking ahead, Vale aims to capitalize on favorable market conditions and operational improvements to drive growth across its diversified portfolio.

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