FORTESCUE. BY HANNA KOSTENETSKY 8C. THE COMPANY. FORTESCUE METALS GROUP is a relatively new company. It was only founded in 2003, and by 2011 it was named the 4 th largest iron ore producer in the world. The company employs over two and a half thousand people.
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BY HANNA KOSTENETSKY 8C
Fortescue mines iron ore in Western Australia (Pilbara region) as shown below.
Iron ore is mainly used to make steel. Steel is the most useful metal known being used 20 times more than all other metals put together. Steel is strong, durable and extremely versatile. The many different kinds of steel consist almost entirely of iron with the addition of small amounts of carbon and of other metals to form different alloys (e.g. stainless steel). Pure iron is quite soft, but adding a small amount of carbon makes it significantly harder and stronger. More than half of iron and steel products are used in transportation and construction, a fifth in machinery manufacture, and most of the remainder in cans and containers, in the oil and gas industries, and in various appliances and other equipment.