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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Creating global mining winners in Africa

– The African continent delivers some of the best value in the world for every dollar spent on exploration. Even so, African mining... companies have yet to fully tap the continent’s reserve potential. Using big data analysis, we found opportunities in productivity, strategy and stakeholder engagement that mining companies can use to steer their way towards world-class performance.

Downsizing the US coal industry: Can a slow-motion trainwreck be avoided?

– The US coal industry faces not just overcapacity but crippling liabilities that will outlive mine closures. Setting the industry... on a viable course will require all stakeholders to step up with new ideas.

How digital innovation can improve mining productivity

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

Is there hidden treasure in the mining industry?

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

Productivity in mining operations: Reversing the downward trend

– A new metric shows just how far mining productivity has declined. It also points to ways to improve productivity more effectively.

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