Vale, formerly known as Companhia Vale do Rio Doce, is a global company headquartered in Brazil, with a workforce of over 100,000 employees, including outsourced workers. It is principally engaged in the mining of minerals for various applications, including appliances, electronic equipment, cars, computers and construction materials. Mined materials include iron, nickel, coal, aluminum, potassium, copper, manganese, kaolin and steel. The company also engages in energy generation for its operations and transportation & logistics.
Name changed from Companhia Vale do Rio Doce - CVRD in 2007