Rio Tinto and CGI expand digital technology partnership

19 October 2017

Rio Tinto is expanding its long-term partnership with Canadian firm CGI to further boost the performance of its aluminium operations in Atlantic through the use of advanced data analytics and information technology systems.

CGI will provide specialised support to Rio Tinto’s Aluminium Operational Centre in the Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean region over the next four years, under contracts worth around CAD $30 million.

Gervais Jacques, managing director Atlantic Operations, Rio Tinto Aluminium said "Rio Tinto is a pioneer in researching and developing leading edge smelting technologies here in the Saguenay, where we produce some of the lowest carbon aluminium in the world."

"This partnership with CGI will ensure we have highly specialised support with the latest in data analytics and information technology systems to make our operations safer and even more productive."

"Our two companies have worked together closely for more than 30 years. Now we will be exploring opportunities to shape the future of our aluminium operations by combining human expertise with machine intelligence."

"Innovation has always been at the core of our operations and we will be looking for new ways to extract maximum value from the data we capture to improve the performance of our operations."

The partnership will focus on developing new tools and systems to support operators at the Aluminium Operational Centre in the Saguenay by using predictive mathematics, machine learning and advanced data modelling.

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