We are one of the world's largest global, diversified groups in the commodities sector. As a leading and integrated manufacturer and marketer of vital products with a balanced portfolio of various industrial assets, we are well positioned to create value throughout the supply chain. Our activities range from extracting minerals from deep in the mountains to delivering high quality products to our worldwide customer base.

The group's industrial and marketing activities are supported by a global network of over 90 offices located in over 50 countries. Our diversified operation consists of over 150 mines and metallurgical plants, offshore oil production and farms and agricultural facilities. We employ approximately 160 000 people, including contractors.

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One of Glencore's business units is nickel. We supply nickel for the production of stainless steel and special alloys. We produce the world's purest nickel and cobalt, as well as ferronickel, copper and a variety of other products. We are also one of the largest manufacturers of recycled nickel and cobalt containing materials. Materials containing nickel play a vital role in our modern society and nickel can be found in everything from kitchen utensils, equipment for medical devices, cellular phones, wind turbines, computers, coins, vessels and aircraft.