Infobox Company
company_name = Xstrata plc
company_type = Public (lse|XTA), (tsx|FAL)
foundation = 1926
location = flagicon|Switzerland Zug, Switzerland
key_people = Willy Strothotte, Chairman
Mick Davis, CEO
industry = Mining
products = Copper, Zinc/Lead, Coal, Nickel, Alloys
revenue = $28,542 million (2007)
operating_income = $11,271 million (2007)
net_income = $5,543 million (2007)
num_employees =
parent =
subsid =
homepage = [http://www.xstrata.com www.xstrata.com]
footnotes =
intl = yes

Xstrata plc (lse|XTA), (tsx|FAL) is an international mining company, listed on both the London Stock Exchange and the SWX Swiss Exchange. Its headquarters are in Zug in Switzerland and it is a member of the FTSE 100 Index.

Its largest shareholder, with a shareholding of around 40%, is Glencore.


The Company was founded in 1926 in Switzerland as "Südelektra", an infrastructure and electricity projects concern operating in Latin America. [http://www.xstrata.com/corporate/group/history Xstrata History] ] In the 1990's it diversified into mining and disposed of its non-core businesses.

It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2002 at which time it acquired Glencore's coal assets in Australia and South Africa.

In 2003, it doubled in size with the A$2.9 billion takeover of Australian copper, zinc and coal miner MIM Holdings. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/2923683.stm Xstrata to buy Australian rival] ] But it failed in a 2005 bid for another Australian miner, WMC Resources, which was captured by BHP Billiton, the world's biggest mining company. [ [http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200503/s1318899.htm BHP trumps Xstrata's WMC bid] ]

In August 2005, Xstrata purchased a 19.9% stake in Falconbridge Limited, a diversified Canadian mining company producing copper, nickel, aluminum and zinc. Following a contested take-over battle with Inco Limited, Xstrata successfully acquired the remaining 80% of Falconbridge in August 2006. [ [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/xstrata-digs-deeper-in-bid-battle-for-falconbridge-408628.html Xstrata digs deeper in bid battle for Falconbridge] ]

In 2006, The Northern Territory and Australian Governments approved the expansion of the McArthur River Mine, near the popular fishing destination of Borrooloola. The expansion involves diversion of the river to a new 5.5km channel, to allow construction of a massive open-cut pit in the existing river.cite web
author = ECNT
title = McArthur River expansion
url = http://mcarthurriver.wordpress.com/
publisher = ECNT
date = January 19, 2007
] On behalf of the Traditional Owners of the region - the Yanyuwa, Mara, Garrawa and Gurdanji peoples - the Northern Land Council launched a legal challenge to the Northern Territory Government’s decision to approve the mining of and diversion of the McArthur River. On 1 May 2007, The Northern Territory Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Northern Land Council to stop the expansion. On 3 May 2007, the Northern Territory government rushed through retrospective legislation to overrule the court decision and allow the open-cut mine to proceed.cite news
author = Murray McLaughlin
title = Martin under fire from Indigenous parliamentarians
url = http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2007/s1916717.htm
publisher = ABC
date = May 7, 2007

In 2007 Xstrata Coal, based in Sydney, bought Anvil Hill Coal Mine from Centennial Coal Company. [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa5382/is_200710/ai_n21298434 Xstrata buys Tahmoor and Anvil Hill in Australia] ]


Since the turn of the millennium it has developed from a small player into one of the world's largest diversified mining groups with the help of a series of large acquisitions. It has major operations/projects in eighteen countries (Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Jamaica, New Caledonia, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, the United States and the United Kingdom) and it is a major producer of copper, coking coal, thermal coal, nickel, ferrochrome, vanadium and zinc. It has smaller scale involvement in aluminum, gold, lead and silver.

Relationship with Glencore

Xstrata is also noted for its association with the commodity trader Glencore, whom media reports accuse of having entered into illegal deals with rogue states. [For details, see Glencore.] Glencore is reported to serve as a marketing partner for Xstrata.cite news | first = | last = | author = Peter Koenig| coauthors = | title = Secretive Swiss trader links City to Iraq oil scam| url = http://business.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,2020-528-1795993-9077,00.html| format = | work = | publisher = The Sunday Times | pages = | page = | date = September 25, 2005| accessdate = 2006-10-22 | language = ] cite news | first = | last = | author = Alex Schärer| coauthors = | title = Die Erben des Marc Rich| url = http://www.woz.ch/archiv/old/01/50/7366.html| format = | work = | publisher = WochenZeitung| pages = | page = | date =
December 13, 2001| accessdate = 2006-10-22| language = German
] As of 2006, Glencore leaders Willy Strothotte and Ivan Glasenberg are on the board of Xstrata, which Strothotte chairs. [ [http://www.xstrata.com/management.php www.xstrata.com, List of non-executive directors] , accessed 22 October 2006] According to "The Sunday Times", Glencore controls 40% of Xstrata stock and has appointed the Xstrata CEO, Mick Davis. [See also [http://www.xstrata.com/investors.php www.xstrata.com, Investor disclosure] , accessed 22 October 2006]


External links

* [http://www.xstrata.com/ Xstrata]

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