Powering the future

Australian miners are leading the charge to meet growing demand for battery metals. Australia has seized the initiative in the clean energy revolution, with Western Australia at the heart of the industry’s development. Amid forecasts of continued demand growth from the energy and transport sectors for battery metals such as lithium, cobalt and manganese, Australian miners are leading the charge with … Continued

Copper positions for a comeback

Despite global uncertainties and China’s economic woes, the red metal still promises better days, says Steve Freeth. When Apple, the world’s richest company, recently said its performance in China had hit a wall, it made headlines globally and sent markets into a tailspin. Copper followed suit, as analysts and investors digested what looked like confirmation of China’s slowing growth. That’s … Continued

2019 is gold’s year to shine

You have to choose (as a voter) between trusting the natural stability of gold, and the natural stability of the honesty and intelligence of the members of the government. And, with due respect for these gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the capitalist system lasts, to vote for gold. — George Bernard Shaw It was only a matter … Continued

Tracking the trends

The Australian mining context. The beginning of a new year often brings reflections and predictions on what the year ahead holds for our industry. While we are all busy working on the plans and priorities of our own roles and organisations, pausing to reflect on some of these broader conversations can provide some useful ideas. Deloitte’s annual Tracking the trends global … Continued

ASX dominates world resources sector IPOS

But mining floats struggle in the face of waning interest from investors. Headline figures show that 2018 was the best year in more than a decade for the ASX initial public offerings (IPO) market. But conditions for smaller  oats, particularly junior explorers, remain tough, and a spike in market volatility could jam the IPO window shut for resources companies. About … Continued

Smart technologies revolutionising drill and blast

A new wave of autonomous technologies is transforming drilling and blasting processes in mining. And while intelligent technologies are a point of discussion that is very much in vogue, they look to be settling in for the long run.Their presence a affords the mining industry drastic increases in the efficiency, safety and accuracy, and also reduces the industry’s impact … Continued

Fool’s gold: Is the promise of digital transformation too good to be true?

We are constantly hearing that digital transformation is the next big game changer for the mining industry. The potential gains of digital transformation are said to be deep and far-reaching, and include lower costs of extraction, fewer accidents on site and a more diverse workforce. But how much of these big promises can be believed? And can we actually implement … Continued

Copper’s Cold War

The US–China trade fight may have largely been a war of words so far, but the impact on global markets from each country’s opening shots has been swift – and copper is looking like collateral damage. While the stand-out between the United States and China has sparked volatility and uncertainty, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is warning that any … Continued

Further positive signals for gold

Rising US interest rates and a strong US currency have continued to apply downward price pressure on gold, but the yellow metal’s resistance is growing. This resistance has been helped by world stock market volatility, which has seen gold perform strongly over the past month due to its safe haven status. There are further indications that inflation is … Continued

The future of robotics and automation in the resources sector

Australia leads the world in automated mining technologies, allowing the resources sector to operate safely and e ciently in remote and harsh conditions on both large and small scales. AUSTRALIA’S MINING INNOVATION efforts to date have ensured that we remain a low-cost producer in iron ore. Autonomous fleets used in iron ore production outperform manned fleets in several areas, including fuel … Continued

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