Axora has announced a number of predictions for the future of the global mining industry, with social change and technological innovations set to become more commonplace amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company, which describes itself as the creators of “the world’s first curated innovation marketplace” hosted a webinar on Thursday this week, highlighting a number of challenges that the mining industry faces. According to S&P Global, the spread of Covid-19, and resulting lockdown measures, has affected 247 mine sites in 33 countries, with some of the world’s most productive miners bearing the brunt of the lockdown; mining production in South Africa alone, for instance, is set to fall 50% year-on-year.

Read more about the company’s predictions here.