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Can the gold industry return to the golden age?

– It’s time to dig for a solution to the gold mining reserve crisis.
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Overcoming limiting mind-sets to improve safety

– Companies looking to improve workplace safety have a number of methods at their disposal. But to embed a sustainable safety culture,... they must overcome the mind-sets that underlie unsafe behaviors.
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Behind the mining productivity upswing: Technology-enabled transformation

– Despite great promise in digital advancements, many companies are struggling to embrace tech-enabled transformation. Mining players... need to rev three engines to tap into the true potential.
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Putting the shine back into South African mining: A path to competitiveness and growth

– The industry can achieve global cost competitiveness if the private and public sectors take concerted action.
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Critical infrastructure companies and the global cybersecurity threat

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

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Lithium and cobalt: A tale of two commodities

– What does the rise of electric vehicles mean for two critical raw materials that go into their batteries—and for the players... in this ecosystem?
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Productivity across the global mining sector is starting to improve

– Our latest data show an upward trend—from a low base.
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Building a great data platform

– Five insights into building a great data platform can help energy, chemical, utility, and basic-materials companies get it right.
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How industry can move toward a low-carbon future

– Cutting industry’s carbon emissions will require significant investment and coordinated effort among businesses, governments,... and other stakeholders.
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Unlocking the digital opportunity in metals

– Driving a full digital transformation of a metal company is a complex undertaking. To succeed, companies need to develop a scalable... model, with a set of standards in place covering roles, tools, and working methods.
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The current capacity shake-up in steel and how the industry is adapting

– The early years of the new millennium were a profitable period for steelmakers, largely driven by the surging Chinese economy.... Now, with China’s growth slowing, a new reality has set in.
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Small doesn’t mean unprofitable: Unlocking new value from small-to-medium metal and mining projects

– Managing smaller projects with increased rigor and a through-cycle mentality can help companies to capture significant untapped... value.
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The future of nickel: A class act

– The global nickel market is entering a period of flux as new applications drive changes in demand. We are seeing the potential... emergence of two distinct commodity markets: one focused on nickel used in rechargeable batteries, which will be driven by the rapid adoption of electric vehicles; the other used in traditional stainless steel, dominated by ferro-nickel and NPI products. This change presents a set of strategic opportunities and threats which will require mining companies, battery manufacturers and car OEMs to re-evaluate their market strategies.
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How benchmarking can improve cost competitiveness in steel

– Many debate the relevance of benchmarking in the steel industry. But disciplined application has helped some producers identify... improvements of up to 10 percent of the cost base.
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The growing importance of steel scrap in China

– Will the industry develop rapidly? It largely depends on how fast the economics, government policies, and technology evolve.
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Mining for leadership with lean management

– Three executives at one of the world’s most unusual mining operations describe how even in a highly unpredictable context,... lean management improves not just productivity, but also how people lead.
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How 3-D printing will transform the metals industry

– The role of 3-D printing in today’s metal market is quite small. But additive manufacturing could offer big benefits if... several challenges are overcome.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

How technology is reshaping supply and demand for natural resources

– The ways we consume energy and produce commodities are changing. This transformation could benefit the global economy, but resource... producers will have to adapt to stay competitive.
Podcast

Mining for growth

– Mining companies are heading to the ends of the earth to meet demand.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Pushing manufacturing productivity to the max

– Advanced analytics and lower-cost computing give companies a powerful tool for managing profitability on an hourly basis.
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Getting big mining projects right: Lessons from (and for) the industry

– Overruns and delays are common in big mining projects. Intelligent interventions can improve the odds of success—particularly... on distressed projects.
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Productivity at the mine face: Pointing the way forward

– Many mine operators could learn from industry leaders that are pursuing productivity-enhancing approaches.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

How a steel company embraced digital disruption

– Gisbert Rühl, CEO of German metals company Klöckner, embedded himself in Berlin’s start-up scene, creating two... platforms to overhaul the organization’s supply chain and make steel prices more transparent.
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How digital innovation can improve mining productivity

– With profits down, miners are focused on improving their productivity. Digital innovation could provide a breakthrough.
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Is there hidden treasure in the mining industry?

– Low equity prices may offer important M&A opportunities for the mining industry.

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