|Based|| Santiago, Chile|
|Announced||9 October 2018|
|Role||Official Copper Mining Partner|
Antofagasta Minerals, otherwise known as a part of the wider Antofagasta PLC, are a Chilean multinational company, which specialises in mining and refining metals. Headquarted in London, UK, and Santiago, Chile, Antofagasta are one of the largest companies registered in South America, and own four of the most productive copper mines in the world.
Antofagasta would first become involved in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship ahead of the inaugural Santiago E-Prix, serving as the title sponsor. This deal was subsequently renewed ahead of the 2018/19 season, with Antofagasta signing an additional deal with Formula E Holdings to become the 'official copper mining partner' of the series.
Antofagasta can trace their history back to 1888, when the Ferrocarril de Antofagasta a Bolivia, a Bolivian railway company, listed itself on the London Stock Exchange. Their plan was to operate a railway running between Antofagasta, a then-Bolivian port city, and the Bolivian capital La Paz. The project was to be completed shortly before Antofagasta was formally transferred to Chile having been captured during the War of the Pacific.
Ferrocarril de Antofagasta would continue to operate its rail network until the late 1970s, when businessman Grupo Luksic gained majority control. He subsequently formed Antofagasta Holdings in 1980, with the railway company becoming a secondary division within the business as he invested in mining. Autofagasta would subsequently obtain control of the Pelambres copper mine in 1986, before further in-house divisions saw Antofagasta Minerals become the group's largest, and effectively only, major entity in 1999.
The 2000s would see Antofagasta continue to invest in mining and refining operations, with the Luksic family still holding majority control.
Formula E History
Antofagasta were first involved in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship ahead of the 2018 Santiago E-Prix, with the group approached to be the race's title sponsor. The deal to sponsor the race was subsequently renewed when Santiago joined the 2018/19 calendar, with Antofagasta also approaching Formula E Holdings to negotiate a wider deal. The new deal, announced on the 9 October 2018, would see Antofagasta become a sponsor of the Formula E Championship, serving as the 'official copper mining partner' of the series.
Videos and Images:
- 'Santiago set to return in Season 5', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/10/2018), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/october/santiago-set-to-return-in-season-5, (Accessed 09/02/2018)
- 'Partners: ANTOFAGASTA MINERALS', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/discover/partners/antofagasta-minerals, (Accessed 09/02/2019)
- 'History', antofagasta.co.uk, (Antofagasta PLC, 2019), http://www.antofagasta.co.uk/about-us/history/, (Accessed 09/02/2019)
- Formula E set for Santiago's streets', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 12/10/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/october/formula-e-set-for-santiagos-streets/, (Accessed 12/10/2017)
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