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August 23, 2021updated 11 Apr 2022 3:08pm

Revealed: the mining companies best positioned to weather future industry disruption

Fortescue Metals leads in an UK-heavy top ten based on extensive research by GlobalData.

By Data Journalism Team and Georges Corbineau

Fortescue Metals is the mining company best positioned to benefit from future mining disruption in the industry, according to GlobalData analysts.

The Australia-based company comes top of the list in a ranking of overall leadership in the themes that matter most among mining companies.

These themes, which can be defined as any issues that keep CEOs awake at night, describe technological, macroeconomic and industry-specific challenges that companies are currently facing, as well as the opportunities they create. GlobalData’s Thematic Research ecosystem identifies and tracks these challenges, and how they create the long-term winners and losers of the mining industry.

Fortescue Metals scored highly in several themes, particularly when it comes to Internet of Things, Autonomous Vehicles, Capital Raising, ESG, Climate Change and Workplace Safety, where it received top marks of five out of five.

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Fortescue Metals received scores of four for COVID-19 and three for Commodity Markets and Augmented Reality performances.

Its poorest score, one out of five, was recorded for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

These scores represent GlobalData analysts’ assessments of the competitiveness of each company regarding a particular theme. They are then weighted based on their importance and used to create the final industry ranking.

Fortescue Metals is followed in our ranking by Rio Tinto, Boliden and Newcrest Mining.

The interactive graphic below allows you to compare company ratings across the 10 themes in question. The higher up a company is on the list, the better positioned it is to weather disruption in the future, while the companies at the bottom are more vulnerable to disruptive threats.

Click on any of the companies to compare them across all the themes in our analysis.

Our analysis reveals that companies from UK are some of the best-prepared players in the mining game. Companies from Australia and USA also performed well.

These scores are based on overall technology, macroeconomic and sector-specific leadership in 10 of the key themes that matter most to the mining industry and are generated by GlobalData analysts' assessments.

This article is based on GlobalData research figures as of 11 April, 2022. For more up to date figures, check the GlobalData website.

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