Metals & Mining Insights

Lessons from the past: Informing the mining industry’s trajectory to the next normal

 – What can previous crisis periods teach us about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mining sector, and what can we expect going forward?

Through-cycle investment in mining

July 8, 2020 – Mining is notoriously cyclical, with volatile equity prices and investment patterns as a result. As the COVID-19 crisis affects...

How artificial intelligence can improve resilience in mineral processing during uncertain times

June 25, 2020 – Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, mineral-processing companies were grappling with profound uncertainty. Those that took steps...

Decarbonization challenge for steel

June 3, 2020 – Steel players across the globe, and especially in Europe, are increasingly facing a decarbonization challenge.

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Mining companies’ response to coronavirus

May 26, 2020 – Mining companies enduring the first wave of COVID-19 effects on their operating models need to think about responding across five...

A safer, smarter future: Working remotely in energy and materials

May 12, 2020 – COVID-19 is drastically changing the way energy and materials operations work. Learning from industry best practices can help...

How procurement leaders can bring metals and mining up to speed

May 11, 2020 – Procurement is critical to manage the fallout of the COVID-19 crisis. Assertive and resourceful leaders can help mining companies...

Has global mining productivity reversed course?

April 27, 2020 – New analysis of the Mining Productivity Index shows a gradual increase in mining productivity since 2013.

Climate risk and decarbonization: What every mining CEO needs to know

January 28, 2020 – Building a climate strategy won’t be quick or easy—but waiting is not an option.

Gold in an era of drones, deep mines, and dedollarization

January 17, 2020 – While gold does not tarnish or decay, the industry that mines, refines, and fashions the yellow metal is far less stable.

Auctioning of Indian mining leases—the next disrupting factor in the iron ore market?

October 29, 2019 – A closer look at the lease auctioning process in India suggests a potential shift in the country's iron ore trade position.

Has Southeast Asia taken a firm grip on the nickel value chain?

October 15, 2019 – A closer look at the future of the nickel market considers the role of ore exports from Southeast Asia.

Managing industrials’ commodity-price risk

October 28, 2019 – Industrial companies can hedge an ever-increasing number of commodities, but effective hedging requires a comprehensive approach.

Unlocking the full power of automation in industrials

October 23, 2019 – The automation of nonphysical core processes is an often-overlooked source of value in industrials.

Arsenic: Will it take the shine off the red metal?

August 5, 2019 – With environmental regulations becoming increasingly stringent, arsenic looks set to pile ever more pressure on copper producers.

How should steelmakers adapt at the dawn of the EAF mini-mill era in China?

June 25, 2019 – Three areas deserve executives’ attention to capture the benefits from China’s EAF transition.

Can the gold industry return to the golden age?

April 12, 2019 – It’s time to dig for a solution to the gold mining reserve crisis.

Putting the shine back into South African mining: A path to competitiveness and growth

February 4, 2019 – The industry can achieve global cost competitiveness if the private and public sectors take concerted action.

Critical infrastructure companies and the global cybersecurity threat

April 11, 2019 – How the energy, mining, and materials industries can meet the unique challenges of protecting themselves in a digital world.

Behind the mining productivity upswing: Technology-enabled transformation

September 25, 2018 – Despite great promise in digital advancements, many companies are struggling to embrace tech-enabled transformation. Mining players...

Lithium and cobalt: A tale of two commodities

June 22, 2018 – What does the rise of electric vehicles mean for two critical raw materials that go into their batteries—and for the players...

Productivity across the global mining sector is starting to improve

June 22, 2018 – Our latest data show an upward trend—from a low base.

Building a great data platform

August 1, 2018 – Five insights into building a great data platform can help energy, chemical, utility, and basic-materials companies get it right.

How industry can move toward a low-carbon future

July 13, 2018 – Cutting industry’s carbon emissions will require significant investment and coordinated effort among businesses, governments,...

Unlocking the digital opportunity in metals

January 25, 2018 – Driving a full digital transformation of a metal company is a complex undertaking. To succeed, companies need to develop a scalable...

The current capacity shake-up in steel and how the industry is adapting

January 12, 2018 – The early years of the new millennium were a profitable period for steelmakers, largely driven by the surging Chinese economy....

Small doesn’t mean unprofitable: Unlocking new value from small-to-medium metal and mining projects

January 22, 2018 – Managing smaller projects with increased rigor and a through-cycle mentality can help companies to capture significant untapped...

The future of nickel: A class act

November 28, 2017 – The global nickel market is entering a period of flux as new applications drive changes in demand. We are seeing the potential...

How benchmarking can improve cost competitiveness in steel

August 15, 2017 – Many debate the relevance of benchmarking in the steel industry. But disciplined application has helped some producers identify...

The growing importance of steel scrap in China

March 1, 2017 – Will the industry develop rapidly? It largely depends on how fast the economics, government policies, and technology evolve.

Mining for leadership with lean management

March 21, 2017 – Three executives at one of the world’s most unusual mining operations describe how even in a highly unpredictable context,...

How 3-D printing will transform the metals industry

August 2, 2017 – The role of 3-D printing in today’s metal market is quite small. But additive manufacturing could offer big benefits if...

How technology is reshaping supply and demand for natural resources

February 15, 2017 – The ways we consume energy and produce commodities are changing. This transformation could benefit the global economy, but resource...

Mining for growth

May 16, 2017 – Mining companies are heading to the ends of the earth to meet demand.

Pushing manufacturing productivity to the max

May 15, 2017 – Advanced analytics and lower-cost computing give companies a powerful tool for managing profitability on an hourly basis.

Getting big mining projects right: Lessons from (and for) the industry

February 8, 2017 – Overruns and delays are common in big mining projects. Intelligent interventions can improve the odds of success—particularly...

Productivity at the mine face: Pointing the way forward

August 4, 2016 – Many mine operators could learn from industry leaders that are pursuing productivity-enhancing approaches.

How a steel company embraced digital disruption

May 18, 2016 – Gisbert Rühl, CEO of German metals company Klöckner, embedded himself in Berlin’s start-up scene, creating two...

How digital innovation can improve mining productivity

November 1, 2015 – With profits down, miners are focused on improving their productivity. Digital innovation could provide a breakthrough.