Where our approach makes a difference
Productivity at Rio Tinto starts with exploration and continues through the study of our orebodies, construction, operation of our assets and marketing of our products, and, ultimately, closure.
One of our biggest improvement opportunities is in safely maximising truck payload. Payload is what a truck carries on every loaded trip that it makes.
On a typical day, our trucks perform nearly 25,000 hauls. We've been working closely with our truck, loading equipment and tyre suppliers to safely increase the load carried on each trip. In 2017 we increased the average load 6 per cent and we have plans to increase this a further 10 per cent.
At the Amrun bauxite project in Australia, we've applied techniques from the oil and gas industry to prefabricate construction modules for the export wharf. This eliminated more than 300,000 hours of work over water, was faster and more cost effective.