Close and personal with Rio Tinto

12 July, 2017

Rio Tinto has announced a round of procurement workshops across the State as part of a new push to boost local content in its WA projects.

Launched in May, the company’s local procurement program makes it easier for suppliers to hook up with the mining giant’s Pilbara iron ore division.

The next round of workshops will be held in Dampier on July 19, Tom Price on July 26 and Perth on July 28.

The workshops, which include a Q&A session and networking, will outline upcoming opportunities and the revised expression of interest process.

The workshops will include presentations from Rio Tinto senior leaders.

Rio Tinto said its new local procurement team was dedicated to linking WA businesses with new job opportunities.

“Rio Tinto has spent almost $57 billion with Western Australian businesses over the past seven years, but we want to do more,” CEO of iron ore Chris Salisbury said when the program was launched in May.

“While we are proud that 77 per cent of our procurement is already with WA local suppliers, it’s time to see what else we can do.

The company will also outline how its new local procurement portal will work.

Rio Tinto is currently expanding its Silvergrass mine, which requires about 500 new jobs during the construction phase.

Maintenance is another big opportunity for contractors as the sprawling infrastructure network ages.

Rio Tinto’s integrated Pilbara system, built up over the past four decades, includes 1700km of rail and four ports.

The company’s Pilbara iron ore business already has more than 1200 WA suppliers and makes a large contribution to the State economy through local procurement, taxes and royalties, Salisbury says.

The new procurement team will also partner with these existing suppliers to help identify local businesses that may be able to sub-contract to them.

For more information on how to get involved visit here or call (08) 9205 2164.

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