Blockchain has now become a buzzword defining the narrative of digital modernisation. Business leaders, major global corporations across all industries, including mining, and even governments and central banks have all embraced blockchain. Declared as the heart of Industry 4.0, this new shiny tech streamlines old business processes, turning them into saved time and money – … Continued


With new technology emerging in the mining sector almost every day, it can be difficult to keep up. For large companies, this can be made worse by the daily workload and onsite events, bureaucracy ,and conservative thinking. ‘We’ve always done it this way’ is a phrase we are all too familiar with. But each of … Continued


Renewable energy is showing its potential contribution to power generation on mines, with keen interest in South Africa and Australia. The pace of take-up in the two countries, however, has been quite different. A fivefold increase in mining companies’ global investment in renewable energy from 2018 to 2019 is a clear demonstration of the sector’s … Continued


Surge in demand for electric vehicles fuels battery component’s long-term prospects. A wave of consolidation is sweeping Australia’s nickel sector as miners position themselves for rising long-term nickel demand amid a boom in electric vehicles (EVs). Capital raisings, strategic investments, takeovers and asset purchases in nickel featured in the second quarter of 2020, as large … Continued

Living in a digital world

BY EDSON ANTONIO, AI GLOBAL MANAGER, VALE; REBECCA BARROS, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION & ANALYTICS SENIOR MANAGER, ACCENTURE; EULER FARIA, SENIOR DATA SCIENTIST, VALE; AND ALI SOOFASTAEI, AI PROJECTS LEADER, VALE Why mining companies need a digital transformation plan. Modern technology is rapidly growing, and companies need to adapt to the new changes. Digital transformation plays a … Continued

Partnerships for success

BY NICOLE ROOCKE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, MINERALS RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA The Western Australian Government is partnering with the gold sector and research community to ensure benefit to the state. Western Australia has a long relationship with gold, with mining of this precious metal dating back to 1885. Since then, the gold sector has … Continued

Tracking the trends 2020: Leading from the front

BY IAN SANDERS, DELOITTE Mining has never been easy, but miners are continuing to make strides. On the whole, many are positioning themselves to embrace intelligent mining through investments in automation and technology modernisation. Addressing climate change and investor concerns is becoming a higher priority for many. This is being achieved through decarbonisation and uncovering … Continued

Opportunity knocks for nickel

CONTENT PROVIDED BY THE NICKEL INSTITUTE Nickel’s role in enabling technologies is not always common knowledge. Yet, its versatile properties present great opportunity to the producers of this metal. Australia’s nickel industry is situated in a very high opportunity environment for the metal. Addressing the recent Paydirt 2019 Australian Nickel Conference in Perth, the Nickel … Continued

Gold still strong

BY BARRY FITZGERALD Commodity price weakness brought on by the US–China trade war and general concerns about global economic growth has been a key theme for the Australian mining industry in the past 12 months. But not for the gold sector. The gold sector has just posted a record year of production on the back … Continued

Lithium shines amid EV boom

BY ANTHONY FENSOM Australia’s lithium miners are eyeing a brighter outlook amid projections of a looming supply deficit and continued escalation of demand from the electric vehicle revolution. And with government support for downstream processing and manufacturing, the industry appears set for further growth despite recent volatility. Miners’ quiet confidence comes after recent production cuts … Continued

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