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Supply Chain Management – Sustainability Practice

Mining companies are facing increasing global demands to demonstrate that sustainability considerations are taken into account in their operations and also across complete value chains. Performance pressure is coming from a variety of stakeholders and is interestingly being led at both ends of the spectrum, shareholders and customers alike, creating a perfect storm and call to action.

The global mining industry is being held accountable in all corners of their operations from exploration to closure and from the rock face to the dock, with demands of better transparency and proactive management and compliance to standards. Mining supply chains will play a major role in the changes that are occurring in the industry.

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Mining Report 2018 by PwC

A remarkable year for the world’s Top 40 miners

  • Market cap $926 billion up 30%
  • Revenue $600 billion up 23%
  • Gearing 31% down from 41%
  • Net debt to EBITDA improved by 38%

Source: PwC analysis

For the world’s Top 40 miners, 2017 was a remarkable year. Thanks in large measure to the continuing recovery in commodity prices, fueled by general economic growth, revenues rose dramatically by 23 per cent. At the same time, the cost saving strategies of the past few years delivered, with margins and cash generating ability improved as well, leading to a sharp increase in profits.

Capital expenditures remained flat. With liquidity concerns that were still lingering in 2016 mostly resolved and balance sheets strengthened, companies have the flexibility to act. Across the board, a heightened focus on safety in operations, reducing leverage, and avoiding aggressive investments in new capacity indicates that management is proceeding in a measured and deliberate way.

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Top 40 Mining Companies of 2017

The global Top 40 mining companies by market cap.

1BHP Billiton LimitedAustralia/UKDiversified
2Rio Tinto LimitedAustralia/UKDiversified
3Glencore plcSwitzerlandDiversified
4China Shenhua Energy Company LimitedChina/Hong KongCoal
5Vale S.A.BrazilDiversified
6MMC Norilsk NickelRussiaNickel
7Anglo American plcUK/South AfricaDiversified
8Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.United StatesCopper
9Grupo México S.A.B. de C.V.MexicoDiversified
10Coal India LimitedIndiaCoal
11China Molybdenum Co. LimitedChina/Hong KongDiversified
12Newmont Mining CorporationUnited StatesGold
13 Potash Corporation of SaskatchewanCanadaPotash
14 Barrick Gold CorporationCanadaGold
15Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden)Saudi ArabiaDiversified
16 Teck Resources LimitedCanadaDiversified
17Zijin Mining Group Co. LtdChina/Hong KongDiversified
18Fresnillo plcMexicoDiversified
19South32 LimitedAustraliaDiversified
20Newcrest Mining LimitedAustraliaGold
21Antofagasta plcUKCopper
22Sumitomo Metal Mining CompanyJapanDiversified
23Shaanxi Coal IndustryChina/Hong KongCoal
24Fortescue Metals Group LimitedAustraliaIron Ore
25 Goldcorp Inc.CanadaGold
26 Agnico-Eagle Mines LtdCanadaGold
27Polyus Gold International LimitedUKGold
28The Mosaic CompanyUnited StatesPotash
29China Coal Energy Company LimitedChina/Hong KongCoal
30 First Quantum Minerals LimitedCanadaCopper
32Randgold Resources LimitedChannel IslandsGold
33Tianqi Lithium Industries, Inc.ChinaLithium
34Shandong Gold Mining Company LimitedChina/Hong KongGold
35Yanzhou Coal Mining Company LimitedChina/Hong KongCoal
36Jiangxi Copper Company LimitedChina/Hong KongCopper
37China Northern Rare Earth (Group) High-Tech Co. LimitedChinaRare Earth
38NMDC LimitedIndiaIron Ore
39KGHM Polska Miedz Spólka AkcyjnaPolandCopper
40KAZ Minerals plcUKCopper


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Upcoming National and International Mining Events

Review the noticeable swing to new themes focused on digitization, sustainability and social responsibility. We have a series of global financial/technology events put on by Spire-Events including:

  • Toronto’s Mining Investment in North America (June 14/15), where mining company senior executives, the supply industry and governments will meet and discuss the rapidly changing disruptive edge of the industry.
  • In Vancouver also in June, the inaugural Resources for Future Generations kicks off with 1,400 papers submitted for inclusion offering 3,000 expected participants a full program on better integrating mining with society and the planet.
  • We are also in the final stages of formalizing a major mission in October called Cleantech Mining Asia 2018 that will offer participating companies major access to showcase emerging solutions to an eager industry looking for real change.

The industry is experiencing a noticeable shift in themes with both Canada and Australia leading novel topics and changing venue formats from traditional trade show venues.

Did you know that 85% of businesses that fail were not members of their industry’s trade association? Membership is very cost effective and full of expanding value.

Become a Canadian Mining Suppliers Member

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Australia Office Now Open

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Wawn as Director Asia Pacific. His responsibilities include the support and development of Canadian Mining Suppliers in its plans to expand into the Australia and Asia region.

Brian also continues to operate Resources Monitor assisting companies servicing the mining, and oil & gas industries in the Australia and Asia region. Brian is a former Australian diplomat, having served extensively on Australian international missions. He has also served as a director of several companies in the construction industry in Australia and Southeast Asia. Brian is the author of the book, The Economies of the ASEAN Countries (published by Macmillan, London).

Canadian Mining Suppliers is pleased to have Brian as part of their expansion plans to further assist Canadian companies to grow their international strategies and plans.

Brian Wawn
Director Asia Pacific, Canadian Mining Suppliers
[email protected]
+61 411 478307
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Oyu Tolgoi Expression of Interest Listings

If you would like to express your interest in supplying Oyu Tolgoi, you can respond to one or more of their EOI listed on their website. EOIs help Oyu Tolgoi to understand market capability and readiness and interest from the market for potential upcoming procurement needs for goods and services.

Prior to submitting a proposal you should register as a supplier in the following link:

You can also check out Oyu Tolgoi’s Procurement Process (pdf).
Some key facts about Oyu Tolgoi underground mine:
  • 80 per cent of Oyu Tolgoi’s value lies beneath the surface
  • Mining method: Block caving
  • Operations: The mine will work 365 days a year with two 12-hour shifts.
  • At the peak of construction, the underground workforce is expected to be over 3,000 – and majority Mongolian.
  • The total conveyor length (10 km) is as long as the distance from the Chinggis Square to Tolgoit station.
  • The deepest shaft is the equivalent of 12 Blue Sky Towers in depth.
  • Total length of tunnels over the life of Hugo North Lift 1 – 200 km (mostly with a height of 5.5m and a width of 5m)
  • See a visual cross section of the underground mine (pdf)

Oyu Tolgoi Expression of Interest Listings

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Western Australia’s Lithium Mining Industry

Western Australia’s lithium deposits are making a significant impact on the growth of the Australian mining industry.

Since last year, production has commenced at three further mines in Western Australia: Mount Cattlin (Galaxy Resources), Mount Marion (Mineral Resources) and Wodgina (also Mineral Resources).

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