Technology & Innovation
At Rio Tinto, innovation means finding new ways of doing our jobs better in a responsible and considered way. It is about small ideas making a big difference.
We must innovate in order to maintain our competitive edge in developing the mines of the future. We cannot rely on existing technologies, which means we must invest in ways that deliver long-term benefits.
We demonstrate leadership in our sector through the Mine of the Future™ programme, which is introducing next-generation technologies to achieve step changes in how we can reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve health, safety and environmental performance.
We have global partnerships with experts and academics that help us to develop our ideas and achieve commercial outcomes. Together, we develop technologies to address our future needs. We are providing new, safer, more engaging and diverse employment opportunities for our people.
Our Australian work is central to our technology goals: three of our five long-term research/academic partnerships are in this country.
From cost-effective drilling to more efficient methods of separating ore, our vision and commitment to a smarter, more sustainable industry is shaping the world for years to come, helping tomorrow come a little bit quicker.
Automated trucks improve health, safety and productivity
- Rio Tinto is rolling out a fleet of 150 automated trucks at our Pilbara iron ore operations, the world's first major deployment of an autonomous truck fleet.
Airborne technology uses gravitational forces to find ore
- Rio Tinto's Iron Ore business is part of an innovative initiative to test an airborne gravity gradiometer as a tool for finding the next tier-one ore body.