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MINE digital magazine: Issue 37 | September 2015

One’s market cap is just over £5m; the other’s is around £44.5bn – Savannah Resources and Rio Tinto‘s new partnership is anything but a marriage of equals. Savannah’s CEO David Archer calls it a new approach for collaboration between majors and juniors. We find out how each company stands to benefit and what impact the deal could have on the wider industry.

Following accusations of price manipulation in the precious metals market, we ask if the move to electronic platforms has closed the door to future collusion, and, with the industry seeing a measured increase in M&A activity, we speak to Fasken Martineau about sector-wide trends in this area.

We also learn why Zambia’s reputation as the safest place in sub-Saharan Africa in which to invest and operate looks set to remain intact, investigate how Australia can prepare for a potential 40% of the workforce losing their jobs in the next 15 years due to technology advances, and map out the latest statistics of bauxite production around the world.

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In this issue

Finding a Fix
After the Libor and foreign exchange scandals, accusations of price manipulation in the precious metals market are gaining momentum. Chris Lo looks into investigations and asks if the move to electronic platforms has closed the door to future collusion.
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Stronger Together
As consolidation in the mining industry ramps up, law firms are seeing a measured increase in M&A activity. With experience advising major mining companies on M&A deals, Fasken Martineau speaks to Abi Millar about sector-wide trends.
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Bauxite’s Biggest
Covering Australia and China’s dominance to Indonesia’s dramatic dip, we profile the world’s most famous bauxite producing countries.
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Safe Haven
Zambia has long been considered the safest country in sub-Saharan Africa in which to invest and operate, and looks set to remain popular in the years ahead despite its current problems. Dr Gareth Evans reports.
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A Minor’s Major Stake
A joint venture between Rio Tinto and Savannah Resources could see a major offering the minor an opportunity to up its stake from 10% to 51%. Adam Leach asks what influence the unique partnership could have on the industry.
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Prepare for Impact
Advances in technology could result in 40% of Australian employees losing their jobs in the next 15 years. Elly Earls finds out how the mining industry will be impacted and what can be done to lessen the inevitable blow.
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Next issue preview

After months of tumult, massive financial stimulus seems to have put the Chinese economy back on its planned growth trajectory, at least for now. We ask what lessons the industry has learnt about reliance on a bullish Chinese economy.

We also look to South America to ask how the mining recruitment market is likely to fare over the near and far term, and investigate how the recently approved Watermark coal mine project in New South Wales could impact the local environment.

Moreover, we find out how MineSense’s sensor technology is improving real-time separation of valuable ore from waste rock, and profile the latest innovations in simulated training technology. Finally, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the World Museum of Mining by checking out its main artefacts and exhibits.

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