Rio Tinto to shut New Zealand aluminium smelterChristian Fernsby ▼ | July 8, 2020
Rio Tinto said it will close its aluminium smelter operation in New Zealand due to high costs and a challenging market, putting over a thousands jobs on the line.
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The smelter employs around 1,000 people directly and creates another 1,600 indirect jobs in Southland.
Rio acknowledged the decision “will have a significant impact on employees, the community and our customers,” but did not elaborate.
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