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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
FORM 6-K
REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
PURSUANT TO RULE 13A-16 OR 15D-16 OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
January 2008
     
Commission File Number: 001-10533   Commission File Number: 000-20122
     
Rio Tinto plc   Rio Tinto Limited
    ABN 96 004 458 404
(Translation of registrant’s name into English)   (Translation of registrant’s name into English)
     
5 Aldermanbury Square,   120 Collins Street
London, EC2V 7HR, United Kingdom   Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Address of principal executive offices)
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EXHIBITS
SIGNATURES
EXHIBIT 99.1
EXHIBIT 99.2
EXHIBIT 99.3
EXHIBIT 99.4
EXHIBIT 99.5


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EXHIBITS
         
99.1
  17 January 2008   Presentation on Rio Tinto’s port infrastructure
 
       
99.2
  18 January 2008   Presentation on Rio Tinto’s rail operations
 
       
99.3
  18 January 2008   Press release announcing Rio Tinto’s Chief Executive’s unveiling of vision for “mine of the future”
 
       
99.4
  18 January 2008   Presentations on Chinese development by Rio Tinto's Chief Economist, exploration opportunities by Rio Tinto's Head of Exploration and Rio Tinto’s outlook by Rio Tinto's Chief Executive
 
       
99.5
  18 January 2008   Press release announcing Rio Tinto’s partnership with Komatsu to develop an autonomous haulage system
 
       
 

 


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SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrants have duly caused this report to be signed on their behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorised.
                     
 
                   
Rio Tinto plc       Rio Tinto Limited    
(Registrant)       (Registrant)    
 
                   
By
  /s/ Ben Mathews       By   /s/ Ben Mathews    
 
                   
Name Ben Mathews       Name Ben Mathews    
Title Secretary       Title Assistant Secretary    
 
                   
Date 18 January 2008       Date 18 January 2008    

 

 

Exhibit 99.1
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Iron ore Pilbara media visit 15 — 18 January 2008

 


 

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Cautionary statement This presentation has been prepared by Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited (“Rio Tinto”) and comprises the slides for a presentation concerning Rio Tinto. By reviewing/attending this presentation you agree to be bound by the following conditions. Forward Looking Statements This presentation includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this presentation, including, without limitation, those regarding Rio Tinto’s financial position, business strategy, plans and objectives of management for future operations (including development plans a nd objectives relating to Rio Tinto’s products, production forecasts and reserve and resource positions), are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Rio Tinto, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions regarding Rio Tinto’s present and future business strategies and the environment in which Rio Tinto will operate in the future. Among the important factors that could cause Rio Tinto’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, levels of production during any period, levels of demand and market prices, the ability to produce and tr ansport products profitably, the impact of foreign currency exchange rates on market prices and operating costs, operational problems, political uncertainty and economic conditions in relevant areas of the world, the actions of competitors, activities by governmental authorities such as changes in taxation or regulation and such other risk factors identified in Rio Tinto’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) or For m 6-Ks furnished to the SEC. Forward-looking statements should, therefore, be construed in light of such risk factors and undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this presentation. Rio Tinto expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking (except as required by applicable law, the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the “Takeover Code”), the UK Listing Rules, the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Fina ncial Services Authority and the Listing Rules of the Australian Securities Exchange) to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Rio Tinto’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. Nothing in this presentation should be interpreted to mean that future earnings per share of Rio Tinto plc or Rio Tinto Limited will necessarily match or exceed its historical published earnings per share. Information about BHP Billiton included in this presentation is based on public information which has not been independently verified. Certain statistical and other information about Rio Tinto included in this presentation is sourced from publicly available third party sources. As such it presents the views of those third parties, but may not necessarily correspond to the views held by Rio Tinto. Directors’ Responsibility Statement: The Directors of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited accept responsibility for the information contained in this presentation, except that the only responsibility accepted in respect of information relating to BHP Billito n, which has been compiled from published sources, is to ensure that such information has been correctly and fairly reproduced and presented. Subject as aforesaid, to the best of the knowledge and belief of the Directors of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case), the information contained in this presentation is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information. Subject to the requirements of the Takeover Code, none of Rio Tinto, any of its officers or any person named in this presentation with their consent or any person involved in the preparation of this presentation makes any representation or warranty (either express or implied) or gives any assurance that the implied values, anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in forward-looking statements contained in this presentation will be achieved. Subject to any continuing obligations under applicable law, the Takeover Code, the UK Listing Rules, the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Services Authority and the Listing Rules of the Australian Securities Exchange, Rio Tinto expressly disclaims any obligation to disseminate, after the date of this presentation, any updates or revisions to any statements in this presentation to reflect any change in expectations or events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statem ents are based. Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 20082

 


 

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Port infrastructure Mike Spreadborough General manager coastal operations — Iron ore 17 January 2008 Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 20083

 


 

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Rio Tinto’s Pilbara port infrastructure is world class Parker Point Current port capacity is 195mtpa: -Parker Point: 94mtpa -EII: 46mtpa -Cape Lambert: 55mtpa All three terminals managed together as one port: East Intercourse Island (EII)- Sharing of common support such as: Maintenance, Engineering, Safety and Scheduling -Optimisation of ship queuing and tug fleet -Balancing of ore production by product and grade Cape Lambert through rail connections -Shared learning and standardisation of processes. Combined manning: ~800 Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 20084

 


 

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Dampier: Two outstanding terminals in one location East Intercourse Island Total capacity of 140mtpa 5 berths, plus 1 lay-by berths 3 shiploaders and 3 car dumpers Excellent maintenance free channel Parker Point with sheltered anchorage Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 20085

 


 

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Cape Lambert: world class terminal, with a number of expansion options Current capacity of 55mtpa -2 berths -2 shiploaders and 2 car dumpers -4mt of live stockpile capacity Expansion to 80mtpa underway, with completion scheduled for Q1 2009 -berths expand to 4 with upgraded ship loaders Ability to expand to 180mtpa, with the option of expanding further to 280mtpa Excellent deep water access for bulk carriers in semi sheltered environment Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 20086

 


 

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Port operations e l n n h a C i n g i p p S h Anchorage hipping Channel S Anchorage 47kmCape Lambert Point Samson EIIParker Point DampierWickham Karratha Roebourne Tom Price Mainline Railway Deepdale Railway Source: Rio Tinto Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 20087

 


 

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Annual shipping — Dampier and Cape Lambert of 9% 160ate r growth ual ann tive Cumula 120 Mt 80 40 0 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 DampierCape Lambert Source: Rio Tinto Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 20088

 


 

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Summary Three shipping terminals managed as a single port system -East Intercourse Island and Parker Point at Dampier -Cape Lambert Efficiencies and standardisation continue to be driven -Common interface for maintenance, safety, scheduling, demand chain interface, marketing and shipping -Further development of the ‘one port’ model to enhance existing efficiencies Operational efficiencies through introduction of the Pilbara Blend Committed expansion program on time -Dampier to 140mtpa now complete -Cape Lambert to 80mtpa now underway -Further expansion options at Cape Lambert are under study Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 20089

 


 

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Port Hedland inner harbour capacity constraints 320 280 108 240 annum 20018 per tonnes 160320 102 Million 120 80 92 40 0 InnerBHPB Public user OtherForecast Harbour existingberthBHPB channel productioncapacity capacity Source: Port Hedland Port Authority — Annual Report 2007, Alannah MacTiernan — WA Minister for Planning and Infrastructure — media statement (23 October 2007), BHP Billiton 12 December 2007 investor presentation, BHP Billiton October 2007 analyst site visit presentation Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 200810

 

 

Exhibit 99.2
(LOGO)
Exhibit
18 January 2008
Iron ore
Pilbara media v,isit
15 – 18 January 2008

 


 

(LOGO)
Cautionary statement
This presentation has been prepared by Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited (“Rio Tinto”) and comprises the slides for a presentation concerning Rio Tinto. By reviewing/attending this presentation you agree to be bound by the following conditions.
Forward Looking Statements
· This presentation includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this presentation, including, without limitation, those regarding Rio Tinto’s financial position, business strategy, plans and objectives of management for future operations (including development plans and objectives relating to Rio Tinto’s products, production forecasts and reserve and resource positions), are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Rio Tinto, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
· Such forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions regarding Rio Tinto’s present and future business strategies and the environment in which Rio Tinto will operate in the future. Among the important factors that could cause Rio Tinto’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, levels of production during any period, levels of demand and market prices, the ability to produce and transport products profitably, the impact of foreign currency exchange rates on market prices and operating costs, operational problems, political uncertainty and economic conditions in relevant areas of the world, the actions of competitors, activities by governmental authorities such as changes in taxation or regulation and such other risk factors identified in Rio Tinto’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) or Form 6-Ks furnished to the SEC. Forward-looking statements should, therefore, be construed in light of such risk factors and undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this presentation. Rio Tinto expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking (except as required by applicable law, the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the “Takeover Code”), the UK Listing Rules, the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Services Authority and the Listing Rules of the Australian Securities Exchange) to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Rio Tinto’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
· Nothing in this presentation should be interpreted to mean that future earnings per share of Rio Tinto plc or Rio Tinto Limited will necessarily match or exceed its historical published earnings per share.
· Information about BHP Billiton included in this presentation is based on public information which has not been independently verified. Certain statistical and other information about Rio Tinto included in this presentation is sourced from publicly available third party sources. As such it presents the views of those third parties, but may not necessarily correspond to the views held by Rio Tinto.
Directors’ Responsibility Statement:
· The Directors of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited accept responsibility for the information contained in this presentation, except that the only responsibility accepted in respect of information relating to BHP Billiton, which has been compiled from published sources, is to ensure that such information has been correctly and fairly reproduced and presented. Subject as aforesaid, to the best of the knowledge and belief of the Directors of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case), the information contained in this presentation is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.
· Subject to the requirements of the Takeover Code, none of Rio Tinto, any of its officers or any person named in this presentation with their consent or any person involved in the preparation of this presentation makes any representation or warranty (either express or implied) or gives any assurance that the implied values, anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in forward-looking statements contained in this presentation will be achieved.
· Subject to any continuing obligations under applicable law, the Takeover Code, the UK Listing Rules, the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Services Authority and the Listing Rules of the Australian Securities Exchange, Rio Tinto expressly disclaims any obligation to disseminate, after the date of this presentation, any updates or revisions to any statements in this presentation to reflect any change in expectations or events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.
Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 2008

 


 

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Rail operations Richard Cohen General manager rail operations – Iron ore
17 January 2008
Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 2008

 


 

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One of the largest privately owned railways in Australia
· Integral part of product blending from multiple mines
· 1,200 kilometres of track
· Backbone (170km) of network already dual tracked
· All trains are operated by one driver only
· Average cycle time is approximately 35-36 hours
· Trial of automatic train technology is well advanced
Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 2008

 


 

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Integral part of the production network
· Rail is the key to the logistics chain
· Ore is railed from nine rail load-outs to five dumpers
– Three dumpers at Dampier
– Two dumpers at Cape Lambert
· The current schedule is
– Pooled fleet: 17 — 20 trains per day
– Mesa J: 5 — 7 trains per day
· A 220mtpa rate is:
– 0.6mt per day or 4.2mt per week
– 28 trains per day
– Finish unloading a train every 50 minutes
– Train movement every 25 minutes
Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 2008

 


 

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Increase in tonnes railed in line with expansions
Hamersley
Robe River
Source: Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit -January 2008

 


 

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Rolling stock
· Gross mass of each train:
–Pooled Fleet System 29,800 tonnes
–Mesa J System 20,000 tonnes
· Each train is up to 2.4km long
· Trains consist of:
– 2 GE Dash 9 locomotives hauling 230 ore cars, bankers used at Paraburdoo, Yandi & West Angelas (pooled fleet)
– 3 GE Dash 9 locomotives hauling 150 ore cars (Robe Mesa J)

 


 

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Investment in rolling stock and rail efficiency
Number of ore cars Number of locomotives
Source: Rio Tinto
Source: Rio Tinto
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Continuous communications — Signalling system
· Approximately 800km of mainline track is signalled with Integrated Control Signalling System featuring:
– In cab signal indications
– Continuous update of driver’s limit of authority
– Train location and route data transmitted to train from track transponders
– Automatic train protection for full speed and limit of authority supervision
– Computer based train control system with real time train scheduling capability
Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 2008

 


 

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Continuous communications — Train control system
· Located at the 7 Mile yard facility
· Responsible for:
– Approximately 120 trains per week
– Servicing ten mines
– Approximately 1,200 kilometres of track
· Allows the train controller to issue commands:
– Switch or point movement
– Limit of authority changes
· Receive confirmation the command has been received and actioned all within one second
· Commands are sent via a microwave / radio or fibre optic system to vital signalling equipment along the rail network.
Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 2008

 


 

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Construction activity

 


 

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Automated train operations (ATO) – concept into reality
· Leading edge technology for heavy haul and freight rail
– Two years of Research & Development
– Automatic control system will be an extension of the existing advanced signalling systems
· Trials well progressed:
– Simulator 9
– Segregated test track 9
– Short train on main line 9
– Full train on main line            In progress – more than 70 successful runs
· If the trials are successful, automated trains will be progressively introduced
· ATO will support further expansion and help manage skills shortage
· Decision expected to be made by April 2008
Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 2008

 


 

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Summary
· Operating a significantly larger network – distance, length of track, fleet, manning, volume of material and frequency of train movements
· Operating a world-class system
· Enabled by excellent communication networks and technology
· Asset management practices adding value
–Impacts costs, safety and environmental performance
· Trialling new initiatives regarding automation and remote operation
Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 2008

 

 

Exhibit 99.3
     
(RIO TINTO LOGO)
  5 Aldermanbury Square
London EC2V 7HR
United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 20 7781 2000
F +44 (0) 20 7781 1800
Press release
Rio Tinto chief executive unveils vision for ‘mine of the future’
18 January 2008
Key building blocks for automated mine-to-port iron ore operations are being commissioned by Rio Tinto. These include:
§    Mine operations in the Pilbara to be controlled 1,300 kilometres away at a new centre in Perth;
 
§    Driverless trains to carry iron ore on most of the 1,200 km of track;
 
§    Driverless ‘intelligent’ truck fleet; and
 
§    Remote control ‘intelligent’ drills
Tom Albanese, Rio Tinto chief executive, unveiled his vision of the ‘mine of the future’ in Perth today as part of Rio Tinto’s drive to maintain its position as Australia’s leading iron ore producer. The Group aims to be the leader in integrated and automated mining and transport in the Pilbara iron ore region, leading to greater efficiency, lower production costs and more attractive working conditions that will help Rio Tinto to recruit and retain staff in the highly competitive labour market.
Major components of the ’mine of the future’ are being commissioned in Rio Tinto Iron Ore operations in 2008 and 2009 including establishing a Remote Operations Centre (ROC) in Perth to manage operations in the Pilbara mines hundreds of kilometres away. This allows operators overseeing Rio Tinto Iron Ore mines and process plant facilities to be physically located in Perth, Western Australia.
Remote control ‘intelligent’ trains, drills and trucks will be operational within Rio Tinto Iron Ore during 2008. Humans will no longer need to be hands on as all this equipment will be ‘autonomous’ – able to make decisions on what to do based on their environment and interaction with other machines. Operators will oversee the equipment from the ROC.
Tom Albanese said, “Rio Tinto is changing the face of mining. We have at least a three year start on the rest of the industry, which has focused on discrete technologies rather than modernising the whole mine-to-port operation. We’re aiming to be the global leaders in fully integrated, automated operations. It will allow for more efficient operations and directly confront the escalating costs associated with basing employees at remote sites, giving us a competitive advantage as an employer along the way.”
Remote Operations Centre
A Remote Operations Centre (ROC) will be built for Rio Tinto near Perth’s domestic airport. When completed in 2009, the ROC will house at least 320 employees who will work with Pilbara-based colleagues to oversee, operate and optimise the use of key assets and processes, including all mines, processing plants, the rail network, ports and power plants. Operational planning and scheduling functions will also be based in the ROC.
Cont.../
Registered in Australia Rio Tinto Limited 120 Collins Street Melbourne 3000 Australia ABN 96 004 458 404

 


 

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ROC-based management would oversee pit and plant control, as well as manage the most effective use of power distribution and support activity such as maintenance planning. Remote operation of RTIO mines and plant in the Pilbara has already been successfully trialled.
The centre will feature an operational control room, office block and supporting infrastructure, and allow for potential significant expansions beyond its initial scale.
Driverless trains
Studies are being finalised on the application of Autonomous Train Operations technology in a heavy haul capacity and are expected to lead to significant efficiency benefits. Mainline trials conducted with the Western Australia Office of Rail Safety have progressed well and a decision on the next stage of the project is expected in mid-2008. Automated rail management is the first major operation scheduled to be run from the Remote Operations Centre.
‘Intelligent’ driverless trucks
Rio Tinto will introduce into the Pilbara the industry-leading Komatsu Autonomous Haulage System, which will allow for a fleet of 320 tonne off-highway trucks to be operated without drivers. The system will be commissioned before the end of 2008 and is expected to be more widely deployed in new and existing Rio Tinto Iron Ore operations by 2010.
Remote control ‘intelligent’ drills
Rio Tinto is already using bespoke autonomous drill technology in the Pilbara to support the ‘mine of the future’ strategy.
A pathway to fully automated mine-to-port operations
Rio Tinto began work on defining building blocks for the ‘mine of the future’ over a decade ago and key components required for an integrated mine-to-port operating system are being assembled and tested by Rio Tinto Iron Ore.
A number of key technologies have been introduced on a staged basis, beginning in 2006 with the development of autonomous drilling rigs for the Pilbara. In early 2007, Rio Tinto established and funded on a long term basis the Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation in partnership with The University of Sydney. Under this partnership Rio Tinto has secured exclusive access to world renowned robotics experts dedicated to addressing Rio Tinto’s ’mine of the future’ opportunities.
This year Rio Tinto Iron Ore will start running extensive trials at dedicated mine test site. Trials will combine the world leading Komatsu Autonomous Driverless Haulage System with a range of other advanced remote control and autonomous technologies in order to provide an industrial scale proving ground and template. Experience gained by the business will allow for further deployments in the Pilbara in 2010 and will also have application at other Rio Tinto mining operations.
The ’mine of the future’ programme will provide opportunities for technology driven performance improvements to support Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s announced plans to take annual global iron ore production beyond 600 million tonnes.

 


 

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About Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Rio Tinto’s business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.
Forward-Looking Statements
This announcement includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this announcement, including, without limitation, those regarding Rio Tinto’s financial position, business strategy, plans and objectives of management for future operations (including development plans and objectives relating to Rio Tinto’s products, production forecasts and reserve and resource positions), are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Rio Tinto, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
Such forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions regarding Rio Tinto’s present and future business strategies and the environment in which Rio Tinto will operate in the future. Among the important factors that could cause Rio Tinto’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, levels of demand and market prices, the ability to produce and transport products profitably, the impact of foreign currency exchange rates on market prices and operating costs, operational problems, political uncertainty and economic conditions in relevant areas of the world, the actions of competitors, activities by governmental authorities such as changes in taxation or regulation and such other risk factors identified in Rio Tinto’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) or Form 6-Ks furnished to the SEC. Forward-looking statements should, therefore, be construed in light of such risk factors and undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this announcement. Rio Tinto expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking (except as required by applicable law, the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the “Takeover Code”), the UK Listing Rules, the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Services Authority and the Listing Rules of the Australian Securities Exchange) to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Rio Tinto’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

 


 

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Nothing in this announcement should be interpreted to mean that future earnings per share of Rio Tinto plc or Rio Tinto Limited will necessarily match or exceed its historical published earnings per share.
Subject to the requirements of the Takeover Code, none of Rio Tinto, any of its officers or any person named in this announcement with their consent or any person involved in the preparation of this announcement makes any representation or warranty (either express or implied) or gives any assurance that the implied values, anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in forward-looking statements contained in this announcement will be achieved.
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Exhibit 99.4
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Exhibit

 


 

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This presentation has been prepared by Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited (“Rio Tinto”) and comprises the slides for a presentation concerning Rio Tinto. By reviewing/attending this presentation you agree to be bound by the following conditions.
Forward Looking Statements
· This presentation includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this presentation, including, without limitation, those regarding Rio Tinto’s financial position, business strategy, plans and objectives of management for future operations (including development plans and objectives relating to Rio Tinto’s products, production forecasts and reserve and resource positions), are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Rio Tinto, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
· Such forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions regarding Rio Tinto’s present and future business strategies and the environment in which Rio Tinto will operate in the future. Among the important factors that could cause Rio Tinto’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, levels of production during any period, levels of demand and market prices, the ability to produce and transport products profitably, the impact of foreign currency exchange rates on market prices and operating costs, operational problems, political uncertainty and economic conditions in relevant areas of the world, the actions of competitors, activities by governmental authorities such as changes in taxation or regulation and such other risk factors identified in Rio Tinto’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) or Form 6-Ks furnished to the SEC. Forward-looking statements should, therefore, be construed in light of such risk factors and undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this presentation. Rio Tinto expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking (except as required by applicable law, the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the “Takeover Code”), the UK Listing Rules, the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Services Authority and the Listing Rules of the Australian Securities Exchange) to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Rio Tinto’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
· Nothing in this presentation should be interpreted to mean that future earnings per share of Rio Tinto plc or Rio Tinto Limited will necessarily match or exceed its historical published earnings per share.
· Information about BHP Billiton included in this presentation is based on public information which has not been independently verified. Certain statistical and other information about Rio Tinto included in this presentation is sourced from publicly available third party sources. As such it presents the views of those third parties, but may not necessarily
correspond to the views held by Rio Tinto.
Directors’ Responsibility Statement:
· The Directors of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited accept responsibility for the information contained in this presentation, except that the only responsibility accepted in respect of information relating to BHP Billiton, which has been compiled from published sources, is to ensure that such information has been correctly and fairly reproduced and presented. Subject as aforesaid, to the best of the knowledge and belief of the Directors of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case), the information contained in this presentation is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.
· Subject to the requirements of the Takeover Code, none of Rio Tinto, any of its officers or any person named in this presentation with their consent or any person involved in the preparation of this presentation makes any representation or warranty (either express or implied) or gives any assurance that the implied values, anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in forward-looking statements contained in this presentation will be achieved.
· Subject to any continuing obligations under applicable law, the Takeover Code, the UK Listing Rules, the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Services Authority and the Listing Rules of the Australian Securities Exchange, Rio Tinto expressly disclaims any obligation to disseminate, after the date of this presentation, any updates or revisions to any statements in this presentation to reflect any change in expectations or events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.
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Vivek Tulpule
Rio Tinto Chief Economist
18 January 2008
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Four key Chinese development themes
1.Rapid growth
2.Decoupling
3.Commodity intensive growth
4.Increasing domestic resource production costs
· Supporting a case for strong global commodity demand and prices
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Theme 1 — Rapid growth
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Overview of Chinese economy -growth accelerated in 2007...
| | | | y-o-y % changes 2006 2007 Q1 2007Q2 2007Q3
| | | | Real GDP,% 11.1 11.1 11.9 11.5
Industrial Production,% 16.2 17.5 18.3 18.2
Real Fixed Asset Investment,% 15.3 16.1 17.2 16.4
Exports,% 21.0 22.8 21.6 20.2
Imports,% 16.3 17.0 16.1 15.3
Total retail sales,% 13.7 14.9 15.8 16.8
CPI,% 1.5 2.7 3.6 6.1
Source: Global Insight
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Consensus for 2008 -rapid GDP growth (10.5%) and industrialisation even as external demand slows and the government strives to cool activity
2008 growthSelected forecasts            GDP            Ind. Prod. CPI
Goldman Sachs Asia 10.3 14.5 4.5
Oxford Economics 11.4 16.6 3.2
Bank of China (HK) 10.0 17.0 3.8
Econ Intelligence Unit 9.9 15.7 3.8
JP Morgan Chase 10.5 16.5 4.0
Citigroup 11.0 17.5 5.0
Credit Suisse 10.0 16.0 6.5
Deutsche Bank 10.4 16.5 3.5
Global Insight 10.7 15.4 5.2
HSBC Economics 12.0 18.4 3.8
Morgan Stanley Asia 10.0 15.0 4.0
Chinese Academy of Social Science (Dec 07) 11.0 17.7 4.3
Source: Asia pacific Consensus Forecasts, December 10, 2007
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Theme 2 — Decoupling
· Rio Tinto estimates Chinese growth is sustainable at around 9% over the longer term.
— Likely to become more focussed on the domestic economy over time
— Cycles in growth can be expected
· In 2008 Chinese GDP estimated to grow at around 10% even if the US were to go into recession.
— Jury still out on whether we will see a US recession ... but
— Modelling conducted for Rio Tinto suggests that Chinese GDP would be reduced by less than 1 percentage point if US external demand were to slip to recessionary levels
— The Chinese government’s fiscal response to any slow down in growth would likely involve more spending on infrastructure
— Shifts in global investment flows in the event of a US recession would likely favour China
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Domestic demand remains the main contributor to GDP
Breakdown of Chinese GDP — 2006
China has a diverse export base with about 20 per cent of its exports going to the US
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Escalating Foreign Exchange Reserves provide a buffer against external shocks
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Direct trade effects from a US slowdown are expected to be small
· 0.3% is small in the context of 10-11% annual growth
· There will be other positive and negative multiplier effects associated with the direct effect
· Overall negative effect expected to be less than 1%
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Commodity case study: Chinese copper Consumption is expected to be resilient to a US slow down
· The US is no longer such a major player in the market (Brook Hunt 2007 estimates)
— The US now consumes under 12% of the world’s refined copper while ...
— China consumes about 25%
· Chinese copper consumption is predominantly driven by domestic demand and exports are to diverse markets.
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Chinese copper tube is most exposed to exports but even in that case the domestic market dominates and US influence is relatively small
· Around one-third of exports were to the US, accounting for only about 5% of total Chinese copper tube production in 2007

 


 

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Copper tube
· Much of the copper tube consumed domestically is used in manufacturing air conditioners
· But the dominant market for Chinese air conditioners remains domestic with only 15% of output sold into the US market

 


 

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Theme 3 — Commodity intensive growth

 


 

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Rapid industrialisation and urbanisation have made China the largest consumer of a number of commodities

 


 

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Chinese construction is driven by ongoing urbanisation and rising urban per capita floor space

 


 

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Industrial focus of GDP growth has levered up steel consumption ... domestic raw material shortages have levered up iron ore imports
China Steel and Seaborne Iron Ore Consumption

 


 

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Some key targets for China’s economic and social development - The 11th Five-Year Plan
Indicator            Cumulative in five years Growth in Urbanization (%) 4 Forecast Transfer of rural labor (10 000 persons) 4500 Forecast Reducing energy consumption 20 Mandated per unit of GDP (%) Reducing water consumption 30 Mandated per unit of industrial value-added (%) Reducing discharge of major pollutants (%) 10 Mandated
Some regional GDP annual growth targets (2006-2010)
Regions Shanghai Shenzhen            Gansu            Hebei            Tianjin            Inner Mongolia GDP Targets 9% 13% 10% 10% 12% 13 %
Source: Chinese central government and provincial levels five-year plans for the period 2006 to 2010. Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 2008

 


 

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Theme 4 — Increasing domestic resource production costs
· supporting growth in imports and strong commodity prices
· Aluminium case study

 


 

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Chinese currency is likely to strengthen further —increasing key long term commodity prices

 


 

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Electricity price to Chinese smelters has been increasing reflecting energy constraints

 


 

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China is now dependent on imported bauxite and alumina

 


 

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Location of 4th cost quartile smelters

 


 

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Exports do not appear attractive for marginal Chinese smelters at current LME prices
Source: CNIA, Chinese Custom statistics, Rio Tinto estimates based on CRU data.
Marginal Chinese conversion costs are defined as 90th percentile of China’s conversion cost curve. Conversion costs are based on CRU 2006 estimates adjusted for inflation and exchange rate changes. Alumina costs are based on a Chinese alumina price of 3,800 Rmb/t.

 


 

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Four key Chinese development themes
1.Rapid growth
2.Decoupling
3.Commodity intensive growth
4.Increasing domestic resource production costs
Supporting a case for strong global commodity demand and prices

 


 

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Exploration in Rio Tinto —Finding The Hidden Giants
Pilbara Media Visit
18 January 2008
Eric Finlayson
Head of Exploration

 


 

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Cautionary statement
This presentation has been prepared by Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited (“Rio Tinto”) and comprises the slides for a presentation concerning Rio Tinto. By reviewing/attending this presentation you agree to be bound by the following conditions.
Forward Looking Statements
· This presentation includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this presentation, including, without limitation, those regarding Rio Tinto’s financial position, business strategy, plans and objectives of management for future operations (including development plans and objectives relating to Rio Tinto’s products, production forecasts and reserve and resource positions), are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Rio Tinto, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
· Such forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions regarding Rio Tinto’s present and future business strategies and the environment in which Rio Tinto will operate in the future. Among the important factors that could cause Rio Tinto’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, levels of production during any period, levels of demand and market prices, the ability to produce and transport products profitably, the impact of foreign currency exchange rates on market prices and operating costs, operational problems, political uncertainty and economic conditions in relevant areas of the world, the actions of competitors, activities by governmental authorities such as changes in taxation or regulation and such other risk factors identified in Rio Tinto’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) or Form 6-Ks furnished to the SEC. Forward-looking statements should, therefore, be construed in light of such risk factors and undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this presentation. Rio Tinto expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking (except as required by applicable law, the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the “Takeover Code”), the UK Listing Rules, the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Services Authority and the Listing Rules of the Australian Securities Exchange) to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Rio Tinto’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
· Nothing in this presentation should be interpreted to mean that future earnings per share of Rio Tinto plc or Rio Tinto Limited will necessarily match or exceed its historical published earnings per share.
· Information about BHP Billiton included in this presentation is based on public information which has not been independently verified. Certain statistical and other information about Rio Tinto included in this presentation is sourced from publicly available third party sources. As such it presents the views of those third parties, but may not necessarily correspond to the views held by Rio Tinto.
Directors’ Responsibility Statement:
· The Directors of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited accept responsibility for the information contained in this presentation, except that the only responsibility accepted in respect of information relating to BHP Billiton, which has been compiled from published sources, is to ensure that such information has been correctly and fairly reproduced and presented. Subject as aforesaid, to the best of the knowledge and belief of the Directors of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case), the information contained in this presentation is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.
· Subject to the requirements of the Takeover Code, none of Rio Tinto, any of its officers or any person named in this presentation with their consent or any person involved in the preparation of this presentation makes any representation or warranty (either express or implied) or gives any assurance that the implied values, anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in forward-looking statements contained in this presentation will be achieved.
· Subject to any continuing obligations under applicable law, the Takeover Code, the UK Listing Rules, the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Services Authority and the Listing Rules of the Australian Securities Exchange, Rio Tinto expressly disclaims any obligation to disseminate, after the date of this presentation, any updates or revisions to any statements in this presentation to reflect any change in expectations or events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.
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An excellent track record of exploration
Rio Tinto discoveries since 1990
Note 1: Discovery is recognised at the point of handover of a deposit from Exploration to a Product Group or business unit evaluation team Source: Rio Tinto
Note 2: Tier 1 and Tier 2 status as determined by Rio Tinto.
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Strong pipeline of greenfield opportunities
Source: Rio Tinto January 2008 Rio Tinto Media Presentation

 


 

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Outstanding brownfield opportunities
Source: Rio Tinto
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Bauxite — Gove Orbit

 


 

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Copper — Bingham Canyon Orbit

 


 

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Iron Ore — The Pilbara
Pilbara tenement position

 


 

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A superior land holding

 


 

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An outstanding resource position to match
Iron ore reserves, resources and announced targeted mineralisation Billion tonnes — (100% basis)
Note: Please refer to previously announced ore reserves and mineral resources in the Rio Tinto 2006 Annual report and financial statements. The targeted mineralisation is based on Rio Tinto’s exploration and production experience in the region, including an assessment of tenure areas using surface mapping, drilling results and other information. The potential mineralisation is conceptual in nature — there has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in the determination of a mineral resource. On an attributable basis (reserves and resources only): Rio Tinto (Pilbara) 10.5 bt, BHP Billiton (Pilbara) 7.1 bt, Rio Tinto global) 12.2 bt and BHP Billiton (global) 8.6 bt.
* Chart areas of announced targeted mineralisation for Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton represent the top of the announced tonnage range. Rio Tinto information contained in the Rio Tinto 26 November 2007 investor seminar presentation. BHP Billiton information contained in the BHP Billiton 12 December 2007 presentation. BHP Billiton’s announced targeted mineralisation does not include Nimba due to the lack of available information.
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Ongoing exploration success

 


 

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Iron ore
Pilbara media visit
15 — 18 January 2008

 


 

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Cautionary statement
This presentation has been prepared by Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited (“Rio Tinto”) and comprises the slides for a presentation concerning Rio Tinto. By reviewing/attending this presentation you agree to be bound by the following conditions.
Forward Looking Statements
· This presentation includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this presentation, including, without limitation, those regarding Rio Tinto’s financial position, business strategy, plans and objectives of management for future operations (including development plans and objectives relating to Rio Tinto’s products, production forecasts and reserve and resource positions), are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Rio Tinto, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
· Such forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions regarding Rio Tinto’s present and future business strategies and the environment in which Rio Tinto will operate in the future. Among the important factors that could cause Rio Tinto’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, levels of production during any period, levels of demand and market prices, the ability to produce and transport products profitably, the impact of foreign currency exchange rates on market prices and operating costs, operational problems, political uncertainty and economic conditions in relevant areas of the world, the actions of competitors, activities by governmental authorities such as changes in taxation or regulation and such other risk factors identified in Rio Tinto’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) or Form 6-Ks furnished to the SEC. Forward-looking statements should, therefore, be construed in light of such risk factors and undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this presentation. Rio Tinto expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking (except as required by applicable law, the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the “Takeover Code”), the UK Listing Rules, the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Services Authority and the Listing Rules of the Australian Securities Exchange) to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Rio Tinto’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
· Nothing in this presentation should be interpreted to mean that future earnings per share of Rio Tinto plc or Rio Tinto Limited will necessarily match or exceed its historical published earnings per share.
· Information about BHP Billiton included in this presentation is based on public information which has not been independently verified. Certain statistical and other information about Rio Tinto included in this presentation is sourced from publicly available third party sources. As such it presents the views of those third parties, but may not necessarily correspond to the views held by Rio Tinto.
Directors’ Responsibility Statement:
· The Directors of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited accept responsibility for the information contained in this presentation, except that the only responsibility accepted in respect of information relating to BHP Billiton, which has been compiled from published sources, is to ensure that such information has been correctly and fairly reproduced and presented. Subject as aforesaid, to the best of the knowledge and belief of the Directors of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case), the information contained in this presentation is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.
· Subject to the requirements of the Takeover Code, none of Rio Tinto, any of its officers or any person named in this presentation with their consent or any person involved in the preparation of this presentation makes any representation or warranty (either express or implied) or gives any assurance that the implied values, anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in forward-looking statements contained in this presentation will be achieved.
· Subject to any continuing obligations under applicable law, the Takeover Code, the UK Listing Rules, the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Services Authority and the Listing Rules of the Australian Securities Exchange, Rio Tinto expressly disclaims any obligation to disseminate, after the date of this presentation, any updates or revisions to any statements in this presentation to reflect any change in expectations or events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.
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Tom Albanese
Chief Executive
18 January 2008

 


 

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Rio Tinto is an exceptional growth business
· Aim to maximise potential of portfolio of world class assets and satisfy global demand through our own options
· Highly capable management team
—Projects delivered on time and on budget
—Saw the China opportunity early
· Sufficient scale to operate cost effectively and develop 21st century technology
— Remote operation and automation of the Pilbara already underway, leaving BHP Billiton behind
· More tonnes, faster, in strong pricing environment
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Strong demand arising from economic and demographic development will favour Rio Tinto’s key commodities
Consumption of metals increases in line with increasing income
2007 population distribution Expenditure per capita

 


 

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The US and Chinese economies are decoupling
· Chinese growth is expected at between 10% and 11% this yeara mostly driven by investment and domestic consumption
· Rio Tinto estimates that growth is sustainable at around 9% over the longer term, increasingly as a function of domestic demand
· The growth will be resource intensive
— The rapid urbanisation and industrial development underway in China requires increasing utilisation of metals and minerals
· Slower US growth is not expected to have a significant overall effect on Chinese GDP
— Modelling suggests that even if the US were to go into recession Chinese GDP could still grow at around 10%
— The Chinese government’s fiscal response to any slow down in growth would likely involve more spending on infrastructure
a) Asia-Pacific consensus forecasts, 10 December 2007
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China’s share of demand for commodities has increased significantly in recent years and is predicted to continue rising China’s share of market demand
Source: CRU quarterly reports, AME monthly outlook reports
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Market outlook suggests stronger forward prices for aluminium and iron ore compared to other products Months forward Note: a) Iron ore — average of analyst prices, based on Australian fines FOB benchmark price to Asia b) Aluminium, nickel, oil, copper — Ecowin, LME, NYMEX — based on prices at 9 January 2008
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Mining represents close to 10% of the FTSE and is now the 3rd largest sector Mining = £12bn Mining = £173bn FTSE All-Share = £1,209bn FTSE All-Share = £1,835bn Notes: a) Source: FTSE, Bloomberg b) Based on market capitalisation. 2007 FTSE market capitalisation figures adjusted with Bloomberg for December 2007 c) As at 31 December 1997, 31 December 2007 Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 2008

 


 

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Rio Tinto has an outstanding position across aluminium, iron ore and copper Current Position            Growth Position Reserves and Cost Positiona Industry Rankingb Projectsa resourcesa,c,d,e Bottom quartile Number 2 in Conceptual 16.6 billion tonnes costs            seaborne iron ore            pathway to over Targeted Iron ore 600mtpa            mineralisationf adds 28 – 41 billion tonnes Bottom of the Number 1 in ~6% pa growth in 3.3 billion tonnes second quartile            aluminium            aluminium and Equivalent to ~115 Aluminium            costs            and bauxite with            more than double            years production pathway to number            alumina production            at current rate 1 in alumina            from 2007 to 2015 Bottom quartile Number 5 with Doubling Interests in four of costs            strong growth            production from to            the largest Copper            prospects 2007 to ~2015 undeveloped copper projects in the world Notes: a) Source: Rio Tinto 26 November 2007 investor seminar. b) Based on 2006 attributable production. Source: Seaborne iron ore - Iron ore Outlook July 2007 from AME Mineral Economics. Aluminium - attributable production data from Brook Hunt, adjusted for merger and acquisition activity and calculated on the basis that Rusal includes Sual and Glencore assets; Alcoa includes 60% of AWAC; Alumina includes 40% of AWAC and 2006 data is aggregated for Rio Tinto and Alcan. Copper –attributable production data from Brook Hunt, calculated on the basis that Freeport includes Phelps Dodge and Xstrata includes Falconbridge. c) Source: Rio Tinto annual report 2006; Rio Tinto Iron ore Pilbara media visit, 15th January, 2008 d) Iron ore on 100% basis, aluminium on an attributable basis. e) Years of equivalent production calculated as (reserves + resources) / 2007 production. f) The targeted additional mineralisation is based on Rio Tinto’s exploration and production experience in the region, including an assessment of tenure areas using surface mapping, drilling results and other information. The potential mineralisation is conceptual in nature – there has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in the determination of a mineral resource. Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 2008

 


 

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Rio Tinto is ahead of BHP Billiton in these sectors on key strategic metrics Rio Tinto ahead BHP Billiton ahead Current Position (Rio Tinto v BHPB) Growth Position (Rio Tinto v BHPB) Reserves and Cost Positiona Industry Rankingb Projectsa,c Resourcesd,e Higher Lower position Greater absolute Higher reserves Iron ore production on the cost curve production and resources volumes Higher Higher Lower position Higher reserves Aluminium production production on the cost curve and resources volumes growth planned Higher Lower position Lower production Lower reserves Copper production on the cost curve volumes and resources growth planned Notes: a) Source: Rio Tinto 26 November 2007 investor seminar. b) Based on 2006 attributable production. Source: Seaborne iron ore – Iron Ore Outlook July 2007, AME Mineral Economics. Aluminium — attributable production data from Brook Hunt, adjusted for merger and acquisition activity and calculated on the basis that Rusal includes Sual and Glencore assets; Alcoa includes 60% of AWAC; Alumina includes 40% of AWAC and 2006 data is aggregated for Rio Tinto and Alcan. Copper - attributable production data from Brook Hunt, calculated on the basis that Freeport includes Phelps Dodge and Xstrata includes Falconbridge c) Source: Iron ore – BHP Billiton 12 December 2007 presentation, BHP Billiton annual report 2007, BHP Billiton analyst site visit 28-30 October 2007. Aluminium - Brook Hunt mine production (timing in accordance with BHP Billiton annual report 2007), Alumar 23 March 2007 presentation, Citigroup 10 October 2007, BHP Billiton ‘Growth through optionality’ 6 June 2007. Copper – Goldman Sachs 7 October 2007, Citigroup 10 October 2007, BHP Billiton 12 December 2007 presentation. d) Iron ore on 100% and attributable basis, aluminium and copper on attributable basis e) Source: Rio Tinto annual report 2006; BHP Billiton annual report 2006. Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 2008

 


 

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Rio Tinto is investing proportionally more to grow its Minerals business than BHP Billiton
Source:Rio Tinto Annual and Interim Reports 2002—2007 and company data. BHP Billiton Annual Reports and Supplementary Information 2002—2007 Notes: a) Revenue and capex for both Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton include equity accounted units and jointly controlled entities b) Both Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton are shown on a June YE c) Growth capital comprises Mineral capex excluding exploration/evaluation expenditure and sustaining capital expenditure. In the case of BHP Billiton, Petroleum is excluded d) Assumes BHP Billiton’s 2002A Minerals capex proportion is the average proportion of Minerals capex / total capex over the years 2003A to 2007A e) Capex and revenue figures are on a cumulative basis from 2002 onwards, where percentages are the sum of mineral growth capex from 2002 / sum of mineral revenue from 2002
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Investment to expand capacity in recent years is paying off with 2007 production records Iron ore production – 100% basis (mt) Copper production* (kt) * Represents Rio Tinto production on an attributable basis
Source: Rio Tinto 2006 annual report, Rio Tinto fourth quarter operations review 2007, Rio Tinto 26 November 2007 investor seminar
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Rio Tinto has an impressive pipeline of value adding projects Iron ore Copper Diamonds Minerals Gold Year represents estimated first production from project. Range of capital expenditure on 100% basis.
Bauxite & alumina Aluminum Energy Nickel Source: Rio Tinto, * Ivanhoe Rio Tinto Pilbara media visit — January 2008

 


 

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Importantly, Rio Tinto has higher growth prospects in iron ore, aluminium and copper Rio Tinto BHP Billiton Conceptual Projectsf
Iron ore volume growth to 2015a,b Aluminiume volume growth to 2015a,c Copper volume growth to 2015a,d Million tonnes; 100% basis            Million tonnes; Attributable basis            Million tonnes; Attributable basis
Notes: a) Source: Rio Tinto iron ore, alumina, aluminium, copper volumes – Investor seminar, 26 November, 2007 b) Source: BHPB Iron ore volume forecasts – BHPB presentation 12 December 2007, Annual report 2007, BHPB analyst site visit 28 – 30 October 2007 c) Source: BHPB Aluminium volume forecasts – Brook Hunt mine production numbers, timing as per 2007 annual report, Alumar presentation 23 March 2007, Citigroup 10 October 2007; BHPB presentation 6 June 2007 d) Source: BHPB Copper volume forecasts – Goldman Sachs analyst report, 7 October 2007, Citigroup 10 October 2007, BHPB investor seminar, 12 December 2007. e) Alumina converted to aluminium equivalent production at long term consensus prices; Aluminium and alumina figures include Alcan from 24 October 2007. f) Conceptual projects may have indicative production and timing provided, but limited to no capital guidance available
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Mine of the future – a new vision, with a plan to execute · Breakthrough developments using pioneering Technology & Innovation across all Product Groups –Automation –Blockcaving –Advanced recovery · Mine-of-the-future program – By 2010, Rio Tinto will have embedded the major components of an automated mine – rail – port system
– Partnership with Komatsu covering Autonomous Haulage System Pilbara implementation – integration of mining, haulage and system control
– Commissioning highly automated test-bed mine during 2008
· Network of key relationships with world-class R&D institutes that supports Rio Tinto breakthrough work.
Proving the operational template for the new mines-of-the-future Proving the operational template for the new mines-of-the-future
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Rio Tinto – delivering value and exceptional growth Rio Tinto achieved new production records in key commodities in 2007 China continues to be strong and is becoming increasingly decoupled from the US economy Forward prices are stronger for iron ore and aluminium than oil and nickel From 2008 onwards Rio Tinto is poised for exceptional growth as we reap the rewards of investment in exploration, resources, infrastructure, technology and people Rio Tinto consolidating leadership through mine, rail and port automation Shareholder value remains our single focus
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Rio Tinto and Komatsu to develop autonomous haulage system for Pilbara iron ore operations
18 January 2008
Rio Tinto has embarked on a ground-breaking programme to develop a world-leading system to automate its Pilbara iron ore operations.
A significant component of this ambitious venture is the formation of an alliance with Komatsu to develop and deploy advanced Autonomous Haulage solutions to support Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s operations in Western Australia.
Rio Tinto and Komatsu have agreed to work together to establish an autonomous mining operation in the Pilbara that will feature the industry-leading Komatsu Autonomous Haulage System. The system will be commissioned before the end of 2008. This autonomous mining system will be more widely deployed in new and existing Rio Tinto Iron Ore operations by 2010.
Tom Albanese, chief executive Rio Tinto, said, “Komatsu has been the Rio Tinto Group’s preferred supplier of haulage equipment for over ten years. Komatsu is our partner of choice in the development and deployment of autonomous haulage solutions and this alliance marks an important extension to our successful business relationship.”
“Rio Tinto is committed to the development and deployment of integrated autonomous mine-to-port operations. We are closely focussed on supporting our Pilbara iron ore expansion through the application of world-leading automation technologies.”
About Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Rio Tinto’s business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.
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