Vale SA along with its subsidiaries is engaged in the research, production and sale of iron ore and pellets, nickel, fertilizer, copper, coal, manganese, ferroalloys, cobalt, platinum group metals and precious metals. The Company also operates in the segments of energy and steel. The Company's operating segments include Bulk Material, Base metals, Fertilizers, and General Cargo Logistics. Bulk Material includes the extraction of iron ore and pellet production and logistic linked to bulk material mining operations. The manganese ore, ferroalloys and coal are also included in this segment. Base metals includes the production of non-ferrous minerals, including nickel operations and copper. Fertilizers includes three groups on nutrients: potash, phosphate and nitrogen. General Cargo Logistics comprises the logistics services provides to third parties not linked to the other Company's operating segments.