Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto are all on the hunt for new leadership, but what qualities will the incoming chairs need to navigate through an increasingly complex mining landscape? Julian Turner profiles the likely candidates as they look to secure growth and keep shareholders happy.
An international research team hopes to help the mining industry harness the power of bacteria to treat wastewater, but the project’s implications go far beyond cutting-edge science. Project leader Dr Lesley Warren explains why.
Australian mining app firm MiPlan has its sights set high after being acquired by IT company, Hexagon Mining. MiPlan co-founder Louise Daw discusses the role of mobile apps in the mining sector today and how they will evolve in the years to come.
The Indonesian Government is hoping to kick-start its economy by lifting a partial ban on exports of metal ore and mineral concentrates, a policy originally aimed at boosting domestic processing and reducing the South East Asian nation’s exposure to volatile commodity prices. Julian Turner reports.
Major players including BHP Billiton and Hancock Prospecting are set to sink an estimated $1bn of foreign direct investment into Ecuador’s nascent mining industry this year. Julian Turner finds out what’s in store as companies line up to take advantage of a glut of new mining licences.
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Caterpillar chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman retires in March, having led the company through arguably the most turbulent period in its 91-year history. Julian Turner assesses his legacy and asks how the world’s leading manufacturer of mining equipment plans to survive the industry downturn.
Innovation in the field of mining with chemicals promises to accelerate and maximise yields, and reduce the environmental impact of global operations. What are the latest project developments and market projections using chemicals to extract gold from used electronics?
A new Deloitte report on mining in Australia concludes that while the industry recognises the need for wholesale innovation, many companies are failing to implement it effectively. Julian Turner talks to the report’s authors David Cormack and Nicki Ivory about cost-cutting versus transformative change.
Augmented and virtual reality technologies have the potential to improve mine productivity, reduce equipment maintenance costs and protect personnel. So how are Microsoft HoloLens, Occulus Rift and Minecraft being used to inspire the next generation of mining engineers?
The US Environmental Protection Agency has been ordered to begin issuing rules aimed at stopping mining companies from declaring bankruptcy to avoid pollution clean-ups. Attorney Amanda Goodin of environmental group Earthjustice, which filed the lawsuit, discusses the case.