Rio Tinto CEO Jakob Stausholm said on Tuesday the global miner is focused on small, bolt-on acquisitions to shape its portfolio and is looking at a number of potential lithium acquisitions but added the sector remains quite hot.
The boss of the world’s biggest iron ore producer has said that he wants Rio Tinto to focus on being the world’s best operator rather than conducting huge buyouts that would change the nature of the company and divert the focus of the group.
“I don’t think we need a big acquisition right now,” Stausholm said at an event in Melbourne.
The Australian miner has already announced several small partnerships and deals this year, including the purchase of a 57.74% stake in the Agua de la Falda copper project in Chile on Monday.
Rio was looking at a number of possible lithium interests, Stausholm said, but the market for energy transition metals like copper and lithium was “pretty hot”.
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