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August 10, 2021updated 01 Feb 2022 10:09am

Vale: how well is the company positioned to weather future industry disruption?

By Data Journalism Team

Vale, a mining company based in Brazil, has a relatively high chance of benefiting from its investments in a series of technological, macroeconomic, and sector-specific investments in recent years, according to analysis from GlobalData.

The company was ranked seventh out of 50 in a ranking of overall leadership in the 10 themes that matter the most to the mining sector.

These themes, which can be defined as any issues that keep CEOs awake at night, describe technological, macroeconomic and industry-specific challenges that companies are currently facing, as well as the opportunities they create. GlobalData’s Thematic Research ecosystem identifies and tracks these challenges, and how they create the long-term winners and losers of the mining industry.

Vale received the top mark of five for four of the 10 themes identified as the most important to the mining sector in the GlobalData Thematic Scorecard – Internet of Things, Capital Raising, M&A and Commodity Markets – indicating that it is a dominant player in those categories. Vale received a high mark of four for its performance in Lithium-Ion Batteries, Autonomous Vehicles, ESG and Climate Change; a mark of three for COVID-19; a mark of two for Workplace Safety; .

The interactive graphic below allows you to compare Vale to the ratings of other mining companies across the 10 themes in question. The higher up a company is on the list, the better positioned it is to weather disruption in the future, while the companies at the bottom are more vulnerable to disruptive threats.


Vale SA (Vale) is a metal and mining company. It produces and exports iron ore and pellets; nickel; copper; manganese ore; ferroalloys; metallurgical and thermal coal, precious metals, cobalt, potash, and other products.

The company operates through four reportable business segments: Ferrous Minerals, Base Metals, Coal, and Others.

In FY2020, the company’s capital expenditure stood at BRL22,726 million, which was 10.9% of its revenue and grew 53.8% YoY. The company has operations across North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

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