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Head in the cloud: miners embrace smart software to cut costs
02 July, 2015
Many mining companies are making the switch to cloud computing, with providers offering solutions across a steadily growing list of applications. As adoption increases, to what extent is the...
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Using the Internet of Things to boost efficiency in mining operations 29 June, 2015 by Heidi Vella Japanese Komatsu and US-based General Electric (GE) are to continue their long history of partnership to offer what they call big data analysis services for mining customers, using Internet...

Masterminding a mining revival: can a new EU initiative bolster mining in Europe? 25 June, 2015 by Heidi Vella A new initiative launched by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme aims to orchestrate a mining revival in the EU-28 countries by finding more efficient and sustainable ways to...

Copper - due for a turnaround? 22 June, 2015 by Elly Earls Analysts are bearish on copper for the near-term but is the red metal due for a turnaround? IHS's John Mothersole and KPMG's Maritza Araneda discuss how copper is likely to fare in the near...

MINE digital magazine: Issue 34 17 June, 2015 In this issue: The growing market for bulk material handling products and technologies, nickel-containing car batteries to the rescue, Japan and Australia’s economic partnership...

Disputed territory: miners skirting sovereign laws to settle scores 15 June, 2015 by Adam Leach With El Salvador’s sovereignty claimed to be under threat from a foreign mining company pursuing arbitration measures that operate outside its own legal system, concern is growing over the value...

The fight to unlock India's mineral riches 10 June, 2015 by Chris Lo Areas of central and eastern India play host to some of the world’s largest deposits of iron ore, vital to the country's modernisation. But these underground treasures are mostly inaccessible...

May’s top stories: China’s $16bn gold mining fund, Lonmin 3,500 job cuts 05 June, 2015 by Rohit Siripuram China established a $16bn fund for gold mines to increase the country's trade influence of the metal, Lonmin planned 3,500 jobs cut across its South African mines, and Ericsson announced plans...

Space mining: ownership laws bring prospecting a step closer 05 June, 2015 by Gary Peters At the end of May, the US House of Representatives passed a bill allowing companies to keep resources produced from asteroid mining. While the news has passed without much fanfare in the...

Mothballing mines: weathering the storm 04 June, 2015 by Chris Lo A sustained commodity price slump has prompted a wave of mine closures as the industry contracts to weather the storm. But what role does mothballing play in the mining cycle, and what's the...

Commodity focus: could zinc be the rising star of 2015? 02 June, 2015 by Elly Earls Amid plunging energy prices and oversupply, the outlook for most mineral commodities looks bleak. Zinc, however is a clear exception. As mines close and demand from industry increases, it...

Tia Maria mine: troubles spill out across Peruvian mining sector 29 May, 2015 by Adam Leach Tensions over mining operations in Peru have once again flared up over the government's decision to green-light Southern Copper's plans for the Tia Maria mine. The return of violent clashes to...

Seeds of sustainability: reclaiming open-pit mining in Indonesia 28 May, 2015 by Gary Peters In 2011, the Indonesian Government received a former mine site in Southeast Minahasa that had been transformed into 443ha of revegetated land, with an overall aim of creating the country’s...

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