BY ELIZABETH FABRI
FORTESCUE Metals Group, Roy Hill, and MMG were awarded top honours at the 2017 Platts Global Metals Awards in London last night.
In its fifth year, the awards ceremony aimed to recognise the “best of the best” in the metals industry, with 15 awards winners chosen by an independent panel of judges.
Announced Metals Company of the Year for the second time since 2014, Fortescue also took home the Industry Leadership Award – Raw Materials & Mining.
“It is an honour to accept these prestigious awards which recognise the hard work and determination of everyone at Fortescue,” Fortescue chief executive Nev Power said.
“Our team has delivered outstanding results across all of our operations, including improved safety performance, consistent production, sustained productivity and efficiency gains and disciplined capital management.
“I am extremely proud of what Fortescue has achieved and of our commitment to ensuring the development and growth of our business benefits our local communities.”
Hancock Prospecting chairperson and director Gina Rinehart was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award, while her prized Roy Hill Holdings snapped up the Rising Star Company Award.
Speaking at the London ceremony, Ms Rinehart said she was delighted to be acknowledged for her dedication to the industry, and most recently culminating the delivery of the $US10 billion Roy Hill project.
“The mining and resources industry with its many related industries is, I believe, a very important contributor to our country, and helps to maintain and improve living standards, so it means a lot to me to be recognised by my peers at these internationally renowned prestigious awards,” Ms Rinehart said.
MMG was also recognised for its contributions, and awarded the Industry Leadership Award – Base & Specialty Metals.