Tyres represent a major cost factor, but with the right management their efficiency and lifespan can be increased. In this issue we profile the tools and technologies to monitor and maintain OTR tyres. We also explore current market trends for commodities and find out how automated mineshaft inspection systems promise cost savings and improvements in safety.

A wealth of proven resources have attracted mining giants to Mongolia, but with strict new rules about to come into force and an uneasy but historically potent allegiance with China still looming large, we investigate what the future will hold for the country’s mining industry.

We also take a look at Goa’s troubled mining industry and investigate the long-term effects of a ban on iron ore mining that was issued following damning reports about the country’s submitted EIA forms last year. Finally, we profile Western Australia’s Agnew Gold Mine, which is owned by Gold Fields and restarted operations in 2002.

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Commodities to Watch
Copper’s up, gold is down and oil and rare earth metals could swing either way. MINE takes a closer look at the commodities to watch as the global economic recovery gets underway.
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Keep the Fleet Rolling
Tyres represent a major cost factor for mine operators, but with the right management and technologies their efficiency can be increased.
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Inspection Innovation
An automated system based on laser scanning and inertial sensors promises quicker and safer mineshaft inspections. Jesse Bonfeld of Sherborne Sensors and Sight Power’s Borys Vorobyov explain how the technology works.
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Mining in Mongolia
A wealth of proven resources has attracted mining giants to Mongolia, but could the resource explosion prove dangerous to Mongolia’s boom economy?
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An Industry on its Knees
A suspension of Goa’s troubled mining industry has left many without employment and cost the economy dearly. MINE investigates what has happened to the state and industry since enforcement of the ban.
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Agnew Gold Mine
MINE profiles the Agnew Gold Mine, which is located 1,000km north east of Perth in Western Australia. It is owned and operated by South African company Gold Fields and restarted operations in 2002.
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Automation is moving into the industry as mining companies look to improve worker safety and reach deposits that are ever more difficult to get to. We take a look at cutting-edge automated materials handling technologies, such as Technologies Global’s Rail-Veyor and a fleet of robotic haulage trucks developed for Rio Tinto.

With Deep Space Industries joining in the mission to mine metals and precious resources from space, we find out who will get there first, and what they might find. We also ask security group G4S about the growth of the mining security sector and challenges for the future.

Moreover, we investigate if opposition from activists and a lack of regulation could put an end to the silica sand mining boom in the US, and find out about the challenges of assessing the environmental risks of mining operations in fragile ecological areas, such as those found on Australia’s remote peninsulas.

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