27 Sep 2020
DiamondWorld Directory
Home |
News
Home
Rio Tinto operates its global mine to market diamonds business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
Rio Tinto has continued to produce and market its diamonds throughout the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic
By: Diamond World News Service
|
Jul 23 2020 9:25AM
|
Reference: 25054  

DecreaseIncrease

Rio Tinto, 100 per cent owner of the Argyle diamond mine in Australia and the operator and 60 percent owner of the Diavik diamond mine in Canada, has put in place extensive controls through a combination of testing, screening, sanitising and social distancing, that have allowed it to continue to safely operate through the pandemic. Both mines have also assisted in food security initiatives for local communities.
Sinead Kaufman, Managing director operations for Rio Tinto’s copper and diamond mines said “ I am really proud of the way our sites have pivoted with the challenges of producing diamonds in a pandemic. By keeping our miners safe at Argyle and Diavik we have been able to support a wide array of stakeholders including community partners, customers, suppliers and governments.”
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis Rio Tinto’s diamonds sales and marketing teams have also implemented safety measures to maintain a safe flow of diamonds through its Antwerp and Perth offices, thereby safeguarding the livelihoods of many in the industry.
The recent Rio Tinto Specials Tender in Antwerp offered a combination of large rough Argyle and Diavik diamonds and saw solid participation and sale results. Included in the Specials Tender was a 70.36 carat white diamond from the Diavik mine, attracting strong competing bids. The two largest white rough diamonds from the Argyle mine, weighing 42.62 carats and 41.70 carats and collectively known as The Brilliant Lights of Argyle, were also sold through this Tender, demonstrating an underlying confidence in rare, high quality natural diamonds, even in the most challenging market conditions.
Alan Chirgwin, Vice president of sales and marketing for Rio Tinto’s copper and diamonds business said
” Market conditions are tough, there are unprecedented supply chain issues around the globe and so to be able to continue to operate in these times, from the mine to the market, is a testament to the resilience and innovation of our diamonds business.”

Have Your Say
* Your view
* Name:
* Email:
* Town/city:
* Country/State:
*  Company:
 
*  Name:
 
*  Mobile:
 
*  Email:
 
 
Subscribe for DiamondWorld weekly Newsletter
 
Advertisement
HouseAd_Trade Fair
Search News by City
Advertisement
Kosher 23460
Advertisement
Kosher 23460
Recent Issue
2020
AVAILABLE NOW...!
Advertisement
Kosher 23460
News in Pictures
Videos
Young Diamantaires
Pictures: 16
Stunning Jewellery from Cannes 2019
Pictures: 24
Sparkly Jewels at Oscars 2019
Pictures: 19
Golden Globes 2018
Pictures: 15
Spotted: Who Wore What (December 2018)
Pictures: 4
India Diamond Week
Pictures: 8
Spotted: Who Wore What (October 2018)
Pictures: 7
Spotted: Who Wore What (September 2018)
Pictures: 6
70th Emmy Awards
Pictures: 11
35th India International Jewellery Show 2018
Pictures: 46
JJS - IJ Jewellers Choice Design Awards 2015 powered by GIA
Views: 27312
Diamond World Expert Hour with Evgeny Agureev, Deputy CEO, ALROSA
Views: 1922
GJEPC Chairman Interview
Views: 24292
IJ Jewellers Choice Design Awards 2012 - Part 1
Views: 31629
Promo for IJ Awards 2012 at NDTV Profit
Views: 45942
IJ Jewellers Choice Design Awards 2012- Part 2
Views: 58133
Couture India 2016 - A Business Boutique Show by IJ Magazine
Views: 18615
Savjibhai Dholakiya, Surat Businessman (Diamond Merchant) speaks in Vibrant 2015
Views: 44607
IJ Jewellers Choice Design Awards 2013 - NDTV Video
Views: 42809
Advertisement
GIA_2020
Advertisement
Kosher 250300
Member of:
Supporter of: