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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.

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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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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