The 10 Biggest Nickel Producers of 2011

The world's ten largest refined nickel producers of 2011

The world's ten largest refined nickel producers accounted for over 1 million metric tons of nickel in 2011. The list below was compiled based on information from the metal consulting group CRU. Production statistics are in kilotonnes (kt).

Note: 1kt equals 1,000 metric tonnes.

MMC Norilsk Nickel - 286kt

Norilsk Nickel is the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium and one of the largest producers of platinum and copper. Norilsk Nickel's key Russian production facilities include the Polar Division and the Kola Mining and Metallurgical Company.

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Vale SA - 206kt

Vale is the second biggest mining company in the world and the largest private company in Latin America. Headquartered in Brazil and operating in 38 countries, Vale now employs over 126,000 people, including employees and contractors. Vale SA is a global leader in iron ore production and the second biggest nickel producer.

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Jinchuan Group Ltd. - 127MT

The Jinchuan Group is China's largest producer of nickel, cobalt and platinum group metals, as well as China's third largest producer of copper. The Gansu-based company has operations in 24 international locations and had gross sales exceeding US$ 14 billion in 2010.

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Xstrata Plc - 106MT

Xstrata plc (Xstrata) is a major international producer of base and platinum group metals. With gross revenues of over US$ 30.5 billion (2010) and over 70,000 staff, Xstrata is one of the world's largest metals companies.

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BHP Billiton Ltd. - 83MT

BHP Billiton is one of the world's largest mining and resource companies with roughly 100,000 employees in over 25 countries. The company is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (as BHP Billiton Ltd.), as well as on the London Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (as BHP Billiton Plc).

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Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. - 65MT

Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. (SMM) is a subsidiary of the Sumitomo Group, one of Japan's largest keiretsu, or business enterprises. SMM is a major smelter and refiner of copper, nickel, and gold in Japan, and is invested in nickel mines and smelters in the Philippines, Indonesia, and New Caledonia.

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Eramet SA - 54MT

Eramet is a French mining and metallurgical group that employs around 14,000 staff and has operations in 20 countries on five continents. Erament has three divisions focused on its main products; Nickel, manganese, and alloys. Nickel mining and refining is conducted in New Caledonia, Indonesia, and France.

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Anglo American Plc - 48MT

Anglo American is a major producer of platinum, diamonds, coal, copper, iron ore and nickel. The London-based company's nickel operations are located in Brazil and Venezuela. In 2010, Anglo American's gross revenues from nickel sales were approximately US$ 426 million.

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Sherritt International Corp. - 35

Canadian-based Sherritt is a world leader in the mining and refining of nickel from lateritic ores with projects and operations in Canada, Cuba, Indonesia, ​and Madagascar. Sherritt is invested in a 50/50 partnership (The Moa Joint Venture) with General Nickel Company S.A in Cuba and is the project operator of the Ambatovy nickel project joint venture with Sumitomo and Korea Resources in Madagascar.

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Minara Resources Ltd. - 30MT

Wholly-owned by Glencore International, Minara Resources is one of Australia's3 top nickel producers. Australia-based ​Minara operates the Murrin Murrin nickel-cobalt mining and refining project, which employs over 1,000 employees and contractors.

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