Zinc die castings: unlocking market potential

With nearly 60 per cent of all zinc consumed each year going toward protecting steel from corrosion, it is not a surprise that galvanised coatings dominate the discussion for zinc markets. Die castings, zinc’s second-largest market, come in a distant 15 per cent of annual consumption; however, the International Zinc Association (IZA) sees strong potential … Continued

National Mining & Related Industries Day, by Gina Rinehart

22 November 2017 marked the fifth National Mining and Related Industries Day. This important day was celebrated with a hugely enjoyed gala dinner in Sydney.  Good evening distinguished guests, Ministers, Members of Parliament, friends and mining colleagues. It is wonderful to celebrate with you the fifth annual National Mining & Related Industries Day, an important … Continued

Renewables in mining – more than just a cost play

Energy is one of the biggest expenses for mining companies, constituting approximately 30 per cent of total cash operating costs. This includes not just electricity drawn from the grid, but also the diesel, LNG and CNG it consumes, as well as the explosives that are used. Deloitte analysis shows that having an effective energy management … Continued

Australian lithium producers hit by prospect of renewed Chilean supply

With the new year came the news of reconciliation between the world’s largest lithium producer, Sociedad Química y Minera (SQM), and Chilean government agency, CORFO, paving the way for a substantial increase in demand. Rival suppliers’ shares took a battering in the wake, but will Australian miners lose out in the long run? The past few … Continued

Cobalt, the technology enabling material

Cobalt has been used to colour pottery and glass for at least 2600 years, as evidenced by cobalt-containing glazes that having been found in Ancient Egyptian tombs. Chinese pottery from the Tang (600–900 AD) and Ming dynasties (1350–1650 AD) also contained blue colours made from cobalt-containing minerals. Cobalt has increasingly been used in specialist applications, … Continued

22 November – a day to celebrate one of Australia’s most important industries

There is no doubt that mining keeps the Australian economy afloat, and for decades, mining, along with its related industries, has been key to our prosperity. Therefore, it is only fitting that there is a day on the national calendar to recognise and celebrate our industry. National Mining and Related Industries Day is held annually … Continued

Politically charged: do you know where your batteries come from?

People are excited about batteries, from electric cars to Tesla’s 129-megawatt-hour energy storage project in South Australia. But one important issue is often overlooked: the raw materials needed to build this technology. Where do they come from, and what is the environmental cost? New types of batteries, such as vanadium ‘flow batteries’, still lag in … Continued

Untangling the future of cobalt supply and demand

There has been a sharp rise in demand for cobalt in recent years, as the metal’s high-energy density has proven highly effective for the portable electronics industry, and now, the emerging electric vehicle (EV) industry. An understanding of the potential supply risks, and what demand for the metal will look like in years to come, … Continued

Gold market deja vu

There’s an overwhelming sense of deja vu as far as the gold market is concerned. Two years ago, at almost this exact time at the end of 2015, we witnessed the first US Federal Reserve System (the Fed) rate hike since the 2008 global financial crisis (GFC) – a 25-basis point increase. This followed years … Continued

Australian bauxite mining leading the way to sustainability

From soft drink cans and the cars we drive, to the windows of our homes and offices, and the electricity cables that link our cities together, aluminium is essential in our modern society. It is also an industry in which Australia naturally excels – from the mining of bauxite ore, to refining that ore into … Continued

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