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Top 5 changes to the mining industry expected to occur in 2014

Filed under: Materials Handling, Industry Trends

Deloitte has put together a list of 10 trends it anticipates for the mining industry in the year ahead. The market is now demanding change and mining companies must adjust the way they operate in order to cope. Operations in Australia and globally will continue to face challenging market conditions in 2014 such as rising costs, low commodity prices, imbalances between supply and demand as well as a decline in productivity. The blog today discusses 5 of the most pressing and challenging trends the mining industry is expected to face in the coming year, as suggested by Deloitte.

1. Productivity will decrease

An increase in operational costs including production, labour, equipment and regulatory costs are affecting the bottom line for mining companies. In order to overcome this emerging trend, mining companies are required to go beyond traditional cost cutting measures and instead revaluate their entire operational models, cost structures and company culture. Rising production costs have been stifling productivity and long term cost reduction must be at the forefront of mining companies’ strategies for 2014. New technology such as automation, identification of trends from analytics, rationalising supply chains and transitioning to modular plants and projects are a few of the strategies which can aid in continual improvements to decrease in cost production and increase in overall productivity.

2. Funding cracks will widen


Funding will continue to be a competitive battle for mining companies with debt financing remaining tight across the global markets throughout the year. Due to tougher economic times within Australia, funding will continue to dry up. This will impact juniors and may increase acquisition opportunities for mining companies with large cash holdings.

3. The intensity of local community strains will increase


Communities residing close to mining affected areas are increasingly voicing concerns and requesting a certain level of interaction and transparency from mining corporations. It is therefore becoming increasingly important for mining companies to engage in decent corporate citizenship in order for a smoothing working relationship between the company and the community. Strategies to overcome this situation include hiring locally, open days, community drives and events.

4. A focus on safety will increase


Fatalities within the mining industry remain high. In 2014 companies should re-assess their workplace safety practices to ensure safety incident patterns are acknowledged and refined.

5. The talent shortage gap will widen


Talent shortages will remain an issue within the mining industry. This will remain the case from entry level to executive positions as the workforce ages. New talent management strategies must be introduced in order to bridge the gap. Areas such as standardized systems, embracing new training environments need focus and necessary steps must be taken to attract skilled management.

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    Other mining trends in 2014.
Financial industry will continue to steal the ownership of the resources from the discovers to future shareholders by laying off staff. Been going on for years. Its a way of transferring ownership.

Financial industry will replace people with automation, which they wouldn’t do to their grandmother, but apparently its ok with miners. Machines however don’t give birth to a new generation.

Government will not recognise the exploitative and manipulative nature of the financial industry, which causes mining crashed detrimental to society in the same manner as stock market crashes.

Government will not step in and make it illegal to lay off essential mining workers, in the same manner it supports farmers during times of drought. Miners as usual, will remain at the bottom of the social heap.

Financial industry will continue to fail to understand that manufactured cyclicity does not promote economic well being.

Financial industry will continue to lose money for shareholders by forcing miners to raise prices once the cycle starts again, since they can never give them any assurances based on previous performance. Its tit for tat, revenge wages.

Financial industry will continue to undermine the economy by failing to recognise long term knowledge value.

Financial industry will continue to undermine developing economies and create further inequality by failing to recognise international opportunities, and failing to fund education of universities and governments of mining economics and politics. More Kevin Rudd like extractive taxes.




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