Canada’s Rio Tinto Aluminium Wins Metals Company of the Year: S&P Global Platts Global Metals Awards

Winners Hail from the U.S., Singapore, Canada, Australia, Russia and India

CEO of the Year: John Ferriola, Nucor Group

Gregg Mollins Took Lifetime Achievement Award

LONDON (May 16, 2019) -- Rio Tinto Aluminium, a global leader within the aluminum sector won the prestigious Metals Company of the Year award at the seventh annual S&P Global Platts Global Metals Awards program, which recognizes exemplary performance in 14 categories across the steel, metals and mining complexes.

Honorees from four continents and 18 countries were heralded at the black-tie gala in central London. The event -- hosted by S&P Global Platts, the leading independent provider of information, analytics and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets -- was emceed by CNBC's Julianna Tatelbaum and attended by nearly 200 industry executives.

Having become the first company to attain Chain of Custody certification from the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative in 2018, Rio Tinto Aluminium went on to commercialize aluminum in conjunction with coffee machine makers and coffee retailer Nespresso, proving that producing metal responsibly can also be profitable.

"We congratulate Rio Tinto Aluminium on this impressive win and its brave leadership and innovation to produce aluminum in a sustainable way,” said Martin Fraenkel, President of S&P Global Platts. "Each of this year's winners and finalists deserves praise for their contributions to helping the metals industry become more efficient and innovative.”

Rio Tinto Aluminium also won the 2019 Industry Leadership Award - Nonferrous. In reaching its decision, the Global Metals Awards' independent judging panel lauded the company's forward-looking approach to the production of aluminum on a sustainable footing, while delivering strong financial performance in a year of international trade uncertainty.

The coveted CEO of the Year award went to John Ferriola, Chief Executive Officer of Nucor Group, the USA's largest steelmaker. Judges were impressed by his "clarity of vision” and "leadership.” They pointed to his shepherding of a $9-billion-plus investment in the company's future to grow the company's earnings power and become a low-cost steel producer, but also the strong financial performance and solid balance sheet he's overseen to make it possible.

Gregg Mollins, Reliance Steel & Aluminum, received this year's Lifetime Achievement Award, with judges praising his "leadership, integrity and strategic vision”. From his start as a warehouseman to eventually becoming CEO of one of the biggest metals service centers in North America, Mollins was faithful to a decades-long strategic vision of focusing on profit and inventory management, organic growth and an aggressive acquisition strategy.

For full details of the 2019 winners and the judges' rationale, visit S&P Global Platts' Insight Magazine.

Following are the 2019 S&P Global Platts Global Metals Awards winners:

Metals Company of the Year

Rio Tinto Aluminium

CEO of the Year

John Ferriola


Lifetime Achievement Award

Gregg Mollins

Reliance Steel & Aluminum

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

NMDC Limited

Deal of the Year

Commercial Metals Company

Industry Leadership Award – Nonferrous

Rio Tinto Aluminium

Industry Leadership Award – Precious Metals


Industry Leadership Award – Raw Materials & Mining

Hancock Prospecting Pty. Ltd.

Industry Leadership Award – Scrap & Recycling

United Scrap Metal

Industry Leadership Award – Steel


Physical Metals Service Provider of the Year

Reliance Steel & Aluminum

Financial Metals Service Provider of the Year

Singapore Exchange

Rising Star Award

Champion Iron

Breakthrough Innovation of the Year


For additional information, as well as the full list of finalists from which the winners were selected, see the

S&P Global Platts Global Metals Awards website (

For information on sponsors and other supporters of the 2019 S&P Global Platts Global Metals Awards visit:

Nominations for next year's S&P Global Platts Global Metals Awards will be accepted starting December 2019.

S&P Global Platts will hold its sister awards gala, the 21st annual S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards, on December 12, 2019, in New York City at Cipriani – South Street.

Media Contacts

Global/EMEA: Paul Sandell, + 44 (0)7816 180039,
Americas: Kathleen Tanzy, +1 917-331-4607,
Asia: Melissa Tan, +65-6597-6241,

About S&P Global Commodity Insights

At S&P Global Commodity Insights, our complete view of global energy and commodities markets enables our customers to make decisions with conviction and create long-term, sustainable value.

We’re a trusted connector that brings together thought leaders, market participants, governments, and regulators and we create solutions that lead to progress. Vital to navigating commodity markets, our coverage includes oil and gas, power, chemicals, metals, agriculture, shipping and energy transition. Platts® products and services, including the most significant benchmark price assessments in the physical commodity markets, are offered through S&P Global Commodity Insights.

S&P Global Commodity Insights is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI). S&P Global is the world’s foremost provider of credit ratings, benchmarks, analytics and workflow solutions in the global capital, commodity and automotive markets. With every one of our offerings, we help many of the world’s leading organizations navigate the economic landscape so they can plan for tomorrow, today. For more information visit

Register Now

Register here to receive S&P Global Commodity Insights press releases by Email