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Copper is everywhere

Copper’s unique properties make it a vital material for urban and industrial growth.

Common uses for copper are all around us. Around 60% of total global demand is for electrics – wire, cables and connectors, including in vehicles and consumer electronics. 20% is used in construction: water pipes and roof sheets benefit from copper’s resistance to corrosion.

Copper’s thermal conductivity makes it good for air conditioning and refrigeration. It’s also commonly used in hospitals, owing to its antibacterial qualities. And its visual qualities account for many other uses – in buildings and everyday objects.

Our copper mines in Chile

Our copper mines are helping meet high demand across the developing world, which we expect to increase as these new economies mature and their consumers demand copper-dependent products.

We have interests in four copper operations in Chile. We produce copper concentrate, copper cathode and associated by-products such as molybdenum and silver.

Our aim is to develop and operate long-life, cost-efficient, socially and environmentally responsible mining operations.

In Chile, we have interests in two major copper operations: a 50.1% interest in the Los Bronces mine, which we manage and operate, and a 44% share in the Collahuasi mine; we also manage and operate the El Soldado mine and Chagres smelter (50.1% interest in both). In Peru, we have a 60% interest in the Quellaveco project (approved for development in 2018).

Across all our copper operations, it’s our priority to create lasting value for the host communities. We won the prestigious ‘More for Chile’ award for our Emerge enterprise development programme, which has supported more than 50,000 Chilean jobs in small and medium-sized businesses.


Ruben Fernandes

CEO of Base Metals

Ruben Fernandes

CEO of Base Metals

MBA, MSc (Metallurgical Engineering), CEO of Base Metals, since March 2019


Ruben is a member of the Group Management Committee (GMC).

Prior to joining Anglo American in 2012, Ruben was head of mining at Votorantim Metals in Brazil, responsible for projects and exploration activities around the world, as well as operations in Peru and Colombia.

Between 2009 and 2011, he was COO at Vale Fertilizers, responsible for the fertiliser operations, sales and marketing. Ruben was also CEO of Kaolin Companies – Pará Pigments and Cadam – two subsidiaries of Vale, between 2007 and 2009, and held various analysis, marketing and project roles in Vale’s Base Metals business which he joined in 1999. Between 1988 and 1998, he held several leadership roles in the special alloys industry.

A graduate in Metallurgical Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Ruben also holds an MBA from the University of S?o Paulo.

Aaron Puna

CEO of Chile

Aaron Puna

CEO of Chile

Aaron is currently the CEO of Anglo American in Chile. He has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry having worked in a range of commodities in both open pit and underground mines. He joined Anglo American in Australia in 2008 and has fulfilled General Manager roles for Capcoal and Dawson as well as corporate roles focused on performance.

In 2016 he was appointed to the role of Head of Open Pit Mining, Group Technical & Sustainability, in London where his remit included technical excellence, operational excellence, and sustainability. Prior to his current position, Aaron was the Executive Head of Technical for Base Metals.

Welcome to Quellaveco

Located in the Moquegua region, in the south of Peru, Quellaveco offers a rare and attractive opportunity for us to add another world-class , cost-efficient mining operation to our diversified portfolio.

View the Quellaveco mine