MINE digital magazine: Issue 34

17 June 2015 (Last Updated June 17th, 2015 08:47)

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 agreement, mothballing mines, and more

MINE digital magazine: Issue 34

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MINE digital magazine: Issue 34 | June 2015

The bulk material handling products and technologies market is expected to reach $62.36bn by 2020. Mining companies are traditionally the highest contributing end-users, but is it realistic to expect this trend to continue? We speak to the author of a new industry report to learn more. The future's also looking bright for nickel, and hope comes in the form of nickel-containing car batteries. We find out how increased output of electric and hybrid cars could impact the market.

In India, we ask how the government can clear violent rebels from areas of conflict to free up $80bn in mineral investment opportunities; and we look into the impact of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement on the two countries and the wider industry. Going much further afield, we discuss a new bill allowing companies to keep resources produced from asteroid mining.

We also look at General Electric and Komatsu's big data analysis tool which aims to boost efficiency through improved truck maintenance, and investigate the pros and cons of mothballing mines in today's market.

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In this issue

Space Politics
The House of Representatives in the US recently passed a bill allowing companies to keep resources produced from asteroid mining. Gary Peters asks what impact this will have on space exploration and the possibility of space mining.
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Unlocking India's Iron Ore
Areas of central and eastern India hold some of the world's largest iron ore deposits but they are inaccessible due to an ongoing Maoist insurgency across the region. Chris Lo asks how the government can clear the area of violent rebels to free up $80bn in mineral investment opportunities.
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Building an Empire
An economic partnership agreement between Japan and Australia has been hailed as a landmark trade liberator, strengthening ties between the economies and increasing two-way trade in minerals. Gary Peters investigates the impact of this partnership on the industry as a whole.
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Weathering the Storm
As prices continue to decline, isolated occurrences of mothballed projects have gradually snowballed into closures on a much wider scale. Chris Lo assesses the pros and cons of mothballing mines in today's market.
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Batteries to the Rescue?
Higher than expected supply and a drop-off in demand have resulted in a weak nickel market in 2015 so far, but could a boom in electric vehicle output signal change? Elly Earls speaks to IHS and Wood Mackenzie to find out
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Bulking Up
The global bulk material handling products and technologies market is expected to grow significantly, according to a new report, and technological advancement in the mining industry is identified as a key driver. Ross Davies finds out more from the report's author.
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Big Data in Action
General Electric and Komatsu are set to launch big data analysis services for mining customers in a bid to boost efficiency through improved truck maintenance. Heidi Vella-Starr finds out more
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April saw Peru's latest strike in ongoing disputes between the government, mining companies and locals. Just how bad is the situation exactly, and how is it affecting mining business in the country?

Meanwhile, the EU is investing in mineral processing technologies as it looks to unlock previously inaccessible small-scale mineral deposits. We learn how the €7.4m FAME initiative aims to revive European industry that has long gone into decline. In Australia, we ask why the country seems divided over uranium mining, and speak to the NSW Association of Mining and Exploration Companies about improving mining in the state.

We also look into Barclays' decision to stop financing mountaintop removal mining, and find out about a new good practice guide to prevent and manage health and safety incidents.

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