Fortescue Metals Group chairman Andrew Forrest had criticised BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto for focusing on the production of higher-grade iron ore and overlooking lower-grade ore that needs some processing before shipment. He argues that this merely reduces the value of an orebody and shortens a mine’s life. Fortescue itself uses a beneficiation process to upgrade the quality of lower-grade iron ore. Meanwhile, Forrest does not expect the financial market volatility in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential election win to be sustained.
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