History timeline

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It’s been more than 140 years since we were first incorporated as a business, on 29 March 1873. We’ve come a long way since those days, when we reopened the ancient copper mines on Spain’s Rio Tinto (or red river), to – today – being one of the world’s leading mining and metals companies.

We are a long-term business, and we intend to continue delivering value for the next 140 years and beyond. Explore our interactive timeline to learn more about our journey so far.

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